Lights Out  (2016)

Directed by David F. Sandberg

I usually avoid opening nights and busy times in the theaters, but for this one I made an exception. The previews had me intrigued. Sitting in a packed theater, I realized that I appreciate movies differently than casual horror movie-goers. These people screamed at the top of their lungs and jumped around flailing in their seats. They were most definitely scared. It was definitely an interesting experience. The plot had moments of familiarity from movies past, but still managed to feel fresh and not regurgitated. One of our main characters is a young boy named Martin, who lives alone with his obviously unstable mother, Sophie, after his father dies. His mother starts to talk into dark areas in their home. Soon Martin himself starts seeing this thing in the shadows. From his lack of sleep, he starts having trouble at school, and the school calls his sister when his mother is unreachable. Rebecca, his sister, jumps in to help, remembering going through some of the same things as a kid. I was really excited to see, for once, that the boyfriend in the film didn’t act like she was insane. He was supportive even if he didn’t understand what was happening. The special effects were good, and the pacing of the scares was great. There was the right amount of build up before jump scares and tons of the dreadful creepy feeling. This one for sure will be added to my library once it comes to Blu-ray.

I give this 5/5 Full Moons

 

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