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Lights Out Film Review

Updated on December 9, 2016

Out of every ten new horror movies released every year, we tend to get one or two good ones. The horror genre is risky and many people gave up on it a while ago. However, 2016 seems to have been a good year for this genre as many titles proved successful like “Don’t Breath” and “The Conjuring Part 2”. “Lights Out” is good news because it is efficient, straight to the point, and scary. It is one of the best horror movies of the year even though it doesn’t do anything more than it should and that is the point. It meets expectations in a good way and at 80 short minutes it reaches the goal it sets out to achieve.

The story is nothing you haven’t seen before. A typical supernatural horror about a woman with unique abilities and a rare disease who was able to attach herself to another human being before she disappeared in an unfortunate accident (experiment). The cast is strong with Maria Bello and Theresa Palmer giving good performances. You can tell easy that this is a little horror movie with a small budget which means that the director here has a chance to flex his muscles and show his skills with little dollars and David Sandberg does exactly that.

“Lights Out” gets the job done nicely where it matters the most: the scary scenes. Combined with a decent score, the scary scenes are very effective and creepy and there are a good amount of those scenes so if a scary time you want then a scary time you will get here with no fuzz. The scenes of the evil lurking in the dark shadows when in the lights are out are effectively filmed and they achieves the level of creepiness to make the whole film a success.

With a budget of less than 10 million dollars, this one made about 150 million so it is a resounding box office hit. Like I mentioned earlier, most of the horror movies that we have been watching in the last 20 years managed to disappoint time and again with the exception of a few releases every year and luckily “Lights Out” is one of those releases in 2016. This one will not take the horror genre to the next level but at least it will renew the fans’ faith in their favorite genre.

Rating: 7.5/10


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