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Lights Out (2016)

PG-13 | | Horror | 22 July 2016 (USA)
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Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother's experiences that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with an entity attached to their mother.

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A man called Paul is working after hours and is murdered by a supernatural entity in the shadow. When his son, the boy Martin, is frightened by the same creature, he sees his mother Sophie talking to an imaginary friend called Diana in the shadow of her room. Martin does not sleep anymore during the night. His older step sister Rebecca who lives alone is summoned by the social assistant. She brings Martin home and recalls her own experience with Diana years ago when she was young. Rebecca and her boyfriend Bret investigate the connection of Sophie with Diana and come up to a scary revelation about their past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You were right to be afraid of the dark.

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Rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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$4,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,688,103 (USA) (22 July 2016)

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$67,235,683 (USA) (23 September 2016)
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A sequel to the film was immediately greenlit after the film recouped its budget on its opening weekend alone. See more »

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When the social worker is talking to Rebecca, she asks if Martin is her brother. Rebecca responds that they are step-siblings. This is factually untrue since we learn later on in the movie that they both have the same mother. Therefore, they are half-siblings, not step-siblings. See more »

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Rebecca: Mom! We need to talk.
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No person or entity associated with this film received payment or anything of value, or entered into an agreement, in connection with the depiction of tobacco products. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Lights Out/Star Trek Beyond (2016) See more »

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Enemy
Written by Bret Autrey
Performed by Bret Autrey (as Blue Stahli)
Courtesy of FIXT Music/Position Music
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Creepy and satisfying
13 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lights Out takes some queues from Japanese-styled ghost stories, so it will be attractive to that audience. It has a strong chill-factor but a somewhat average formula, and it could have used fewer back-story explanations to make it more mysterious, especially since those elements did not feel original.

Based on chill factor alone, it ranks higher than Dark Water, The Forest, Paranormal Activity, The Others, The Babadook, and The Boy, and lower than The Ring, Ju-On / The Grudge, and other Japanese-styled ghost stories, as well as any horror James Wan himself directs. Comparing it to masterpieces like The Exorcist and Poltergeist has no value.

I would say its chills rank somewhat evenly with The Woman in Black and It Follows, without being as original as the latter.

The ghost itself is creepy enough, but the overall movie didn't have the creative twists that we enjoyed from movies like The Boy, The Others, The Sixth Sense, and 10 Cloverfield Lane. It also didn't have the storytelling chemistry of James Wan's own Insideous or The Conjuring movies.

I am a fairly difficult person to frighten. I have been seeing horror movies at the theater since the 70's, and I am usually only interested in the ones that have a supernatural or fantastical element to them. So I am very critical of them, and the only ones I collect on disc are either fun (Tremors), scary (the Grudge), or both (An American Werewolf in London). I will collect this one.

Ghost stories are done to death. It is very difficult to come out with anything scary that is original. I think Lights Out could have used the guided hand of a third-party master horror writer, mostly revising the back-story revelations and using the character relationships to build suspense and mystery surrounding what is going on. Then, perhaps working up to a punch line at the end so that suddenly the back- story rushes in on the audience in one moment, with one simple revelation. It is very difficult to think of how that can be done, but other movies have done it, and the payoff is huge.

I think Lights Out tried to do that a little but got confusing in the attempt.

But all-in-all it's a nice little scary movie with a smaller production value but a satisfying ghost.


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