Lights Out Review

This 2016 horror/thriller movie is based on a 2013 short film of the same name, and both are directed by David F. Sandberg.

Brother and sister, Martin and Rebecca, deal with an entity that has been attached to their mother for years and the entity returns after years of being dormant.

Lights Out was a unique idea I had never seen before, but there was something about the film that left me, as the viewer, wanting more from the villain.

The acting was believable and you had well-known actors featured in the film, but the story could have been better.

Teresa Palmer, who played Rebecca, did a fine job.  You could tell her character dealt with her mom’s mental issues before, which caused her to stop talking to her family, until the tragedy stuck.  There could have been more to her character, but that didn’t go too far, although it was interesting to see how her relationship with her mom and dad affected her relationship with her boyfriend, Bret.

Gabriel Bateman was convincing in his role as Martin.  You felt sorry for his character having to deal with all the emotional issues that were involved in the situation that was happening.  This added to his resilience – being so young, and dealing with so much.  It made the character that much better.

The monster or entity known as Diana was great and pretty intense.  You find out the backstory, which is that Diana had been around for awhile playing on the insecurities of the mom in the film, played by Maria Bello, most of her life.

There wasn’t much in the way of gore, but the movie was full of jump scares and Diana didn’t really rack up a body count (which is okay).  Her abilities should have been able to finish off more people, but since it was only tied to certain characters, she wasn’t going to go kill random people, unless they were interfering Diana’s plans, but it didn’t get too crazy in that regard.

The characters figured out pretty quickly how to evade Diana, but those plans didn’t last long.  It seemed like once we were really going to see what the Diana character could do, it was over.

This movie wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful.  If you’re a horror fan, check it out when it comes out, but don’t spend the money to see it in theaters unless you’re on a date because the jump scares will help you get closer to your date.  Other than that you’re better off waiting for it to come out on Netflix or on a physical media.

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