Whilst the short film took the internet by storm, impressing critics and fans the world over, the trailer to the full-length movie was met with a lukewarm response. On paper, Lights Out looked to be just another quick cash in horror movie, albeit produced by the greatest director working in horror today (James Wan).
By Jay Hunter – Based on his own short film of the same name, David F. Sandberg’s, Lights Out has a simple premise. When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) left home, she thought that her childhood fears were behind her. As a young girl growing up, she was never really sure of what was real when the lights went out at night. Now, her little brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that jeopardized her safety and sanity. Holding a mysterious attachment to their mother (Maria Bello), the supernatural entity has returned with a vengeance to torment the entire family.
Whilst Lights Out’s strength is within the execution of it’s scares and the performances from it’s cast, specifically Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman’s relationship. It has a fragile and generic horror script. There’s nothing really new here, specifically for genre fans. Alicia Bela-Bailey’s performance as demon Diana has been seen in every horror movie since Silent Hill’s nurses. But Sandberg’s natural eye for horror direction, specifically in it’s tense finale helps pull the movie out of the mire.
Many horror fans will be discussing Sandberg’s career, especially as he is seemingly under the tutelage of Wan, and whilst not without it’s faults, Lights Out is a solid start out of the gate.