Movie Review: Lights Out

From short film to the big screen. This movie is proof there is no such thing as a small idea.

I remember sitting at work watching the almost 3 min short horror film “Who’s There?” by David F. Sandberg. Scared the crap out of me. I got to say, it was a great intense and adrenaline pumping film as I watch a woman in her own home be terrified by a spirit, entity, ghost, whatever you want to call it stalking her as she is getting ready for bed. When turning off the lights, it’s the only way you are able to see the silent watcher. With an ending of an image of this horrifying face staring into the camera ends the tension as the credits come up.

Clearly, I wasn’t the only one that agreed he was onto something. Producer, writer, and director James Wan is just one of many fans who believe this should be a full length film and the director of the short film David co-wrote with Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5, Nightmare on Elm Street 2010) and directed the movie Lights Out. This movie excited expectations with its intense scenarios and creative imagery to still make us scared of the dark.

A story that we have clearly seen before, Teresa Palmer plays Rebecca, a woman with commitment and family issues is pulled back into the family drama that drove her off since her little brother is struggling to live with their mom played by Mario Bello (Coyote Ugly) who is battling to keep her mental state in check. In the center of it all is this entity that can only be seen in the dark. So of course while our protagonist are in the light, they are safe but you can bet that there were lots of moments of terror as they found out the hard way what this supernatural being is capable to do.

This movie exceeded expectations for me as it took a simple plot and actually made it extremely entertaining to watch. Here are the few things you can expect from this film. First off, JUMP SCARES. Lots of them. So if you go see this movie, expect a lot. If you are not a fan of them, let me tell you they are not all predictable. There is actually some genuine suspense given in this movie.

Second, you can expect some likeable characters. These characters you can’t help but care for, you don’t want any of them to get hurt. They make smart moves, barely any cliche’ mistakes or tactics that make it easy for the villain to get them or to give the audience a reason to be scared. They are actually in danger from doing the right thing. One character in particular is hopeless romantic Bret, played by Alexander DiPersia . He is the love interest to the protaganist playing the current boyfriend who is just waiting to get that dresser drawer in her place and make it official. Caught up with her family drama you can’t help for feel for him as he sticks by her. He even gets his own time to shine in the last act of the movie that cause the audience, as well as myself, to applaud.

On the otherhand, this movie doesn’t really come with much original content but something is to be said about taking an overused plot and antagonist and still bringing something creative to the screen. With the movie being PG-13. I think it is worth the watch but remember, jump scares, jump scares, jump scares. So if you are into that, check out this movie. You will not be disappointed.

+1 for creative jump scares and tension created with a scary villain
+1 for great acting and character development
+1/2 for not much original plot here but most of the attacks and face offs were great.
+1 as I recommend this movie, whether you think its scary or not, it’s entertaining.
+1 as I would definitely watch this movie again and i could see a sequel to this movie as well.

4 1/2 out of 5 on the entertainment scale

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