‘Lights Out’ leaves lights on

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 6:07 PM
‘Lights Out’ leaves lights on by Gabriel Hypes

Based off the 2013 short film of the same name, director David Sandberg received the chance to make “Lights Out” a feature length film.

Just like any other horror movie for a directorial debut, it was used to show that Sandberg could bring cool and unique shots to
the table. But on the list of things enjoyable about “Lights Out,” that was about the only positive thing.

“Lights Out” features a young family with problems stretching back for years. Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) is called to school when her brother, Martin (Gabriel Bateman), keeps falling asleep in class. That is when Rebecca finds out about the home problems Martin is experiencing after the death of his father.

When Rebecca investigates Martin’s home life, she discovers that their mother, Sophie (Maria Bello), has been acting quite strange, very similar to how she acted when Rebecca was young.

After some more digging, Rebecca discovers Sophie has been holding on to a supernatural entity from her childhood that wants Sophie all to herself and the rest of the family dead. An entity lives in the dark and can not enter the light. This leads to the need of light to survive and darkness leading to death.

Starting out with some positives, the uniqueness of some of the scenes in “Lights Out” is the thing that makes it somewhat enjoyable. Finding lights in different ways, like when they used the car headlights, were few and far between, but when it did happen, it created excitement. When firing at the entity, the light from the muzzle, making the entity flash in and out, was really well done.

The rest of the film was filled with mostly negatives. The entity was either a super- powerful being that tore people apart instantly, or just a regular person that would just slap the victim and then run off. The difference was when the entity was attacking a main character or not.

The characters were annoying and adding in a useless boyfriend just added time to the film. Showing the entity over and over again and actually showing its face at the end just made the film less scary.

Unless you are scared very easily, “Lights Out” does not continue on the recent trend of great, low budget horror flicks. 

Gabe Hypes is a staff writer for The Spectator. 


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