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Lights Out

  • 2016
  • PG-13
  • 90min
  • 76%
  • 6.3 / 10

Rebecca’s little brother, Martin, is suddenly experiencing unexplainable and terrifying events, similar to her childhood. It turns out that a supernatural entity has attached itself to their mother and is out with a vengeance that will torment the whole family.

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David F. Sandberg was previously an unknown filmmaker but eventually found success, being picked up by famed horror film producer James Wan, with his viral short film, Lights Out. The video involved Sandberg’s wife, Lotta Losten, playing a woman alone in her apartment, who turns the light on and off, with an ominous figure coming closer every time the light comes on. The birth of the idea came about when Sandberg and Losten theorized how they could portray something scary while only casting one character on screen. The pair have found success with their feature-length film. Though it was never confirmed by the filmmakers, Lights Out, however terrifying it is because of a supernatural entity hot on your trails, also effectively portrays the effects of a debilitating mental illness – depression. It is told that Rebecca and Martin’s mother, Sophie, is suffering from depression and has since stopped taking her medication while continuing to talk to Diana, the shadowy figure and source of horror. Diana was a girl that Sophie met during her time in a mental institution, and her spirit latched onto Sophie when she died. Diana is the embodiment of Sophie’s depression – keeping her in darkness, alienating her from her family. The horror genre boasts of spine-chilling incidences and jump-out-of-your-seat scares, but at the heart of it, it deals with very human emotions and ordeals.

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Lights Out is the 2016 supernatural horror film and a directorial debut for David F. Sandberg. The story is based on the 2013 short film by Sandberg. The full-length feature film stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, and Maria Bello.