Lights Out

Lights Out

DVD - 2016
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When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon her family, a young woman must fight to protect herself, save her younger brother, and uncover a mystery about her family's shadowy past.
Publisher: Burbank, California : Warner Home Video, [2016]
Edition: DVD widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda

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Much more than a handful of jump-scares. This movie is legitimately creepy from start to finish. It isn't perfect, by any means, but it's a much scarier movie than I've seen in quite some time.
It doesn't rely on gore, violence, or the standard horror setting.
So, as far as traditional themes go it is (slightly) original.

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booksmile
Oct 24, 2017

Still super creepy on a second watch! Recommended for people who like things like Ringu and Babadook :)

LPL_KevinC Oct 16, 2017

Lights Out sets up like a standard demonic presence, horror movie, where an evil entity pursues the seemingly innocent protagonists to no end, but it employs a unique device of making the antagonist only visible in the shadows to add something extra. The device works to great effect for jump scares that don’t seem as cheap as some in the same genre, and it's a useful base for a handful of interesting visual effects like the muzzle bursts from a gun causing the antagonist to intermittently disappear, or a protagonist gaining brief respite from being attacked by flipping on a car’s headlights. Without care, Lights Out could have floundered, but the director was clearly committed to the vision and wound up making a genuinely spooky experience.

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ausnos
Aug 31, 2017

I was impressed with this movie! It kept me interested from start to finish, which is a rarity in most movies today.

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LD406
Jun 03, 2017

I enjoyed this movie. It was a 'fun' horror--lots of moments where you 'jump'. The story is engaging and you stay glued to the screen to see what happens next.

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downsman
Apr 12, 2017

This is more a comment on comments--if people cannot write a half-decent sentence, and have to use offensive language because they apparently don't know any other expressive adjectives, why don't they work on their language skills before choosing to share their opinions?

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publicenemy46
Mar 10, 2017

this movie wasn't shit that's why I only gave it one and half stars . I gave that because they try. this Movie was hororable just bad.

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kpelish
Mar 06, 2017

This scary, mostly psychological thriller will disappoint Saw and other bloody gore, body-count fans. Instead, it focuses on the psyche’s interior, a dysfunctional family too familiar with death, and “now you see it, now you don’t” monsters. Is Diana real or supernatural? Is the mom (well-played by a haggard Maria Bello) truly mentally ill or demon-possessed? A cynical, long-lost daughter returns to protect her baby brother from the same visitations that she saw as a child, reluctantly allowing her boyfriend to help.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 03, 2017

Lights Out is a supernatural horror movie that revolves around a supernatural being that kills her victims in the dark. Written by Eric Heisserer, directed by David Sandberg, and produced by James Wan, Lights Out made over $145 million. Throughout this movie, a family finds themselves trying to get away from a murderous spirit, while also uncovering a few family secrets. I think the concept of this movie is very interesting, and I also think this was genuinely terrifying. I did dislike some of the effects, however, the overall budget of this film had been less than $5 million, so I would not have expected much more. The jump-scares had me screaming, and this movie kept me on edge the entire time. I think this is the perfect movie to binge on a scary movie night with friends. With that being said, I don’t think I would go out of my way to watch this again, but it definitely was a cool idea. I would rate this movie 3.5/5.
@TheCuriousBookworm of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This thriller/horror film is about a little boy named Martin who must always keep the lights out when home with his mother for his safety as well hers. When the lights are turned on, a supernatural being freaks out and attacks the mother leaving the children vulnerable. To me, the movie seemed like one big metaphor for depression and mental illness and how it can consume you if you let it. The movie was similar to others that went with a similar theme, but what I did appreciate about this movie was the performance of the mother and the creepy feelings around the supernatural being. I would rate this movie 4/5 stars.
@The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

For viewers 14 and up. Lurking in the shadows is a supernatural demon who only comes when the lights are out. When a young girl fights to protect herself and her younger brother from this bloodthirsty monster, she has to unravel her family’s past. “Lights out” is a thrilling movie. If you're not scared of the dark now, after watching this you won't be able to sleep without thinking there's a shadow lurking near. I personally love watching horror movies because of the suspense and the thrill, but I got so freaked out when I watched this movie, and it still gives me the creeps sometimes. If you’re scared of the dark then I suggest you do not watch this movie for you won't be comfortable going to sleep again. 5/5 stars
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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samjack_0
Jan 09, 2017

A good old fashion horror show! No blood or gore needed, the movie is like the The Lady In Black. Just let your mind wrap into the story of the movie and your imagination run wild.

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