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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Movie Review - Lights Out

Lights Out (2016)
Staring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, and Maria Bello
Directed by David F. Sandberg

While not necessarily the most creative horror film of the last decade, Lights Out takes an intriguing enough premise -- a malicious ghostly entity can only attack when it's completely dark -- and creates a solidly tense film interestingly shot by debut director David F. Sandberg in that the bulk of the scares need to take place in as dark of a setting as possible.

The relatively simple plot involves the young twenty-something Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) who had heretofore been somewhat estranged from her mother (Maria Bello) after a difficult childhood coming back into the life of her elementary school-aged half-brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) after he tells her he's unable to sleep because of some scary paranormal activity occurring in their house.  Remembering similar occurrences in her youth, Rebecca returns home to aid her younger brother and unearths some family secrets that may be behind the supernatural doings.

Nothing about Lights Out is mind-numbingly astounding, but everything is solid across the board.  The acting, direction, and story all work together to create exactly what you want out of a horror film -- to get entertainment out of being a little bit scared.  

The RyMickey Rating:  B


  1. I thought it was good until it explained everything. Which is the flaw of most supernatural movies. Also, it was basically a less good Babadook.

  2. Valid point in being a more mainstream Babadook, but for a mainstream PG-13 horror movie, I thought it was pretty solid.

    (Also, side note, nice to hear from you again...I'm being serious...not trying to be a smart ass. Here's hoping you can get back to seeing movies every now and then now that you're not stuck on a big ass boat.)