Lights Out Movie Review

Lights Out Movie Review

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“FROM PRODUCER JAMES WAN DIRECTOR OF THE CONJURING”. This was projected on the posters of Lights Out, the horror film directed by David.F.Sandberg. James Wan’s name was the sole factor pushing me to theatre for watching Lights Out even though he was involved only on the production side and not the man wielding the megaphone. Anyway, the experience turned out to be highly rewarding and satisfying.

Lights Out is a spine chilling movie that hits bulls eye as far as its objective is concerned. It makes you really scared and unsettled once the evil element gets its presence in the film.

Its too difficult to scare you these days as majority of films belonging to the horror genre in its desperate attempt to make a fearful impact on the audience mind fails miserably by following the age old clichéd methods. A notable exception on this front are directors like James Wann who somehow find some means to create fear in the minds of people watching it.

The story basically has three principal characters namely Sophie, her daughter Rebecca and young son Martin. Rebecca’s boy friend Bret too joins the party at a later stage. There is a chance of revealing some critical elements on the spoiler side and hence putting a full stop to the plot by saying that the movie focus on some psychological as well as external fears created by a frightening entity on this family.

The basic thread and concept of Lights Out is taken from a 2013 short film with the same name directed by David.F.Sandberg. The attempt to make it a full length feature film borrowing that little thread from that short film is really commendable and hats off to the man behind the screenplay Eric Heisserer.

They have presented the film making sure that a terrifying feel is maintained right throughout. The pace is slow but that doesn’t stop in offering some spine chilling and horrifying experience to the audience. Sound does play a vital part in creating the mood of this genre and hence the advice is to watch it on the big screen itself to get a complete feel of it.

Performances also played a pivotal role here. Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello and Alexander DiPersia played the characters of Rebecca, Martin, Sophie and Bret with lot of vigour putting in sincere acting efforts supporting the screenplay. The lady who acted in the short film (not sure of her name) also makes an appearance in a cameo role.

Lights Out is a must watch film if you love this genre. I can assure you that the presentation is quite different and there is darkness combined with thrills and fear to make the film an effective one. I am giving three and a half out of five for Lights Out. Go for it is the final word.

Rating – 3.5 / 5

by Chandra Mohan Gopinath