Star Cast: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Maria Bello and Lotta Losten
Director: David F. Sandberg
Producer: Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer and James Wan
Screenplay: Eric Heisserer
Claps For: Direction, Sound Effects, Performances, Tight Screenplay and for scaring the hell outta us!
Slaps For: NOTHING
What’s New: The sequence where Rebecca’s boyfriend (DiPersia) escapes from the clutches of the evil towards the climax!
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval
Plot: Rebecca went through a chain of strange events during her childhood, but put those memories behind closed doors after she moved out of her mother’s house. However, after finding out that her stepbrother is going through the same terrifying events, she sets out to find out more about the person who is behind all this only to find that it is an evil spirit- who has been related to her mother since her childhood!
Performances: ‘Lights Out’ belongs to Teresa Palmer as the girl who gets back to her roots in order to save her family. Bateman, on the other hand, has done a wonderful job overall with the fear in his eyes.
Direction: Low budget horror films that dare to be different from the tried-and-tested formulas too can leave a similar or rather better kind of an impact on the audiences; and ‘Lights Out’ is the proof to it.
No, it’s not a jump scare kind of a movie, but Sandberg’s tight water-tight and fast-paced narration to the psychological horror flick along with spine-chilling scenes every now and then will keep you glued to your seats.
Also, what works for the movie are it’s smart characters, who know how to get out of a situation than acting like a family in distress!
Thankfully, we don’t get to see the creepy face of Diana like the one in Sandberg’s short film on which the film is based! *winks*
Special mentions for producer/director James Wan who has become the face every horror-movie lover looks up to. Be it his own directorial ‘The Conjuring 2’ or now this movie under his production, the man is going out of his way to scare his audience and we love it.
Do not miss this one at any cost!
Combo-On-Offer: Horror + Drama
Verdict: We give ‘Lights Out’ THUNDEROUS CLAPS because tonight, we are going to sleep with our lights on!