Synopsis: When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie. – IMDB
Tagline: You were right to be afraid of the dark.
Release Date: 2017-7-22 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 5
Trailer: Lights Out
Lights Out Review
Okay, so let’s get something straight. Lights Out probably isn’t really a 5 Coolthulhu movie. However, it broke The Streak of Suck. The Streak of Suck was a bad, bad place to be. It was getting to the point where neither of us actually wanted to pay movie theatre prices, because we figured The Streak was going to continue. My partner didn’t want to see Lights Out, but I was pretty desperate to go because I just had a good feeling about this one, having seen the trailer. He was happy he went. So let’s just acknowledge its getting an extra point for doing what it did.
David F. Sanberg did a great job of just plunging the viewer right into the thick of things. He definitely played upon most people’s intrinsic fear of the dark. A fear that I don’t think ever really goes completely away. (Or maybe I just read too much horror and spend half my time jumping at shadows because I’ve creeped myself out. 50/50 chance, honestly.) While the movie wasn’t really original, it wasn’t a The Conjuring/Insidious/Paranormal Activity mix/jumble that every horror movie out there right now seems to be. Given the fact that James Wan is associated with the movie, I’m completely shocked.
Within the first few minutes of the movie, I gave the popcorn over to my partner. When he looked at me curiously, I stated “I”m going to jump. A lot.” I was right. I jumped. A lot. Happily, it wasn’t just because of loud noises and sudden movements (though there were a few of those). Nope, it was because the tension had built up appropriately, and I was able to get sucked into the movie.
One of my favorite things was the fact that the decisions most of the characters made actually made sense. They seemed like people who had decent heads on their shoulders and didn’t go all “Gaaaaaahh!! Scary stuff! Time to be stupid!!” And can we just celebrate the fact that it’s only 81 minutes long? Thank you, random religious deity!
But there’s something that bothered me (I guess you might say this is a minor spoiler, so I’m going to ‘white out’ the text. Reveal at your own risk.) This thing can only be in shadows, right? So if you’re holding a narrow light source in front of you, pointed forward… What, shadows only exist if they’re in front of you? It was one of those head-scratchers that didn’t quite make sense, but didn’t really bother me during the movie either. All in all, a fairly minor thing, though!
Lights Out could have been better, true, but it could have been a whole lot worse. Trust me, the last 6 or so movies we’ve seen at the theatre prove that. The fact is, it creeped me out properly. From the initial scare at the beginning of the movie, to a rather awesome finale at the end, Lights Out was very well executed. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello do a great job. Bello, especially, sold the whole crazy and desperate thing perfectly.
Great job on a solidly entertaining horror flick!