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Lights Out (2016)

PG-13 | | Horror | 22 July 2016 (USA)
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Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother's experiences that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with an entity attached to their mother.

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A man called Paul is working after hours and is murdered by a supernatural entity in the shadow. When his son, the boy Martin, is frightened by the same creature, he sees his mother Sophie talking to an imaginary friend called Diana in the shadow of her room. Martin does not sleep anymore during the night. His older step sister Rebecca who lives alone is summoned by the social assistant. She brings Martin home and recalls her own experience with Diana years ago when she was young. Rebecca and her boyfriend Bret investigate the connection of Sophie with Diana and come up to a scary revelation about their past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Darkness will consume you. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Lights Out  »

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$4,900,000 (estimated)

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$21,688,103 (USA) (24 July 2016)

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$67,235,683 (USA) (25 September 2016)
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David F. Sandberg was hired to direct Annabelle: Creation (2017) after working on this film and began pre-production before this was released in theaters. See more »

Goofs

At the very end when Bret comes back with the cops. The LAPD car is in front of Bret's Volvo SUV. The cop car is a crown Victoria and has the number 22 on the trunk. A few minutes later after the finale when they're sitting in the ambulance another cop car pulls up behind Bret's SUV and it's a LAPD charger and also has the number 22 on the trunk. See more »

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[first lines]
Paul: [on video call] Hey, kiddo.
Martin: Hey, dad. Are you coming home soon?
Paul: Yeah, uh, in an hour or so. What's up? Where's mom?
Martin: I don't think she's feeling good.
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No person or entity associated with this film received payment or anything of value, or entered into an agreement, in connection with the depiction of tobacco products. See more »

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References Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994) See more »

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Performed by Bret Autrey (as Blue Stahli)
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very over-hyped. i left the theatre unimpressed.
14 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

lights out was a film I was looking forward to. described as being one of the best and most well rounded horror films to come out in recent years I was definitely intrigued. so I went to the theatre with high expectations.

so lights out is a film with a very cool concept that if done right could end up being something very scary and chilling. but, instead we get something much much less that that. this film from beginning to end was so anticlimactic, boring and generic. I will try and keep this review as spoiler free as possible..

the beginning scene is extremely anticlimactic. the director does a great job of building some solid tension and some genuine sense of unease with this first sequence but the pay off was such a major let down. a character is pulled laughably into the darkness. unfortunately this is the only scene that built any tension at all. for the entire duration of the rest of the movie there is no tension what so ever. every "scare" is predictable and laughable. characters who know and have known for a long time that you have to stay in the light to escape this ghost foolishly hold their lights in front of them. pointing the light away from them rather than holding the light above their heads. so many scenes involved characters surrounded by darkness, holding a light in front of them and backing into the darkness. so anticlimactic and boring to watch. this ghost has the power to rip someone into the darkness and do away with them immediately.. so why does it not do this to these characters that it wants out of the picture. instead it chooses to show up and grab their shoulders, or stand in the doorway or something equally as ridiculous. for one half of the movie the ghost instantly disappears when the light hits it. but in the third act suddenly for no apparent reason at all the light burns her? there was no explaining this is just suddenly happened. the characters have the opportunity to delve into their past and really develop and maybe even have an arc. instead we get generic characters with minimal motivation and a very very vague and uninteresting back story. the exposition in the film is also ridiculous. there is a scene where Rebecca walks in and just meets this lady for the first time in her life and within seconds she says something along the lines of "stepfather not my father. my father abandoned me." who says that? who says that within seconds of meeting someone? it's like the director has such difficulty introducing us to these characters and their back stories that he writes them with out any thought or any heart. I will not reveal much about the story but I will just say it is the most generic story-line possible. the potential was there to write an interesting mystery but instead the ball was dropped. we get a generic, mom met a girl. the girl died because of some unjust cause and now the girl is back in ghost form. nothing interesting and you see it coming from a mile away. the acting is awful. I couldn't take anybody In the movie seriously. the interactions between characters all seem so forced and unnatural.

there really isn't anything about the movie that was redeemable. I went into it hoping i'd like it. but no. the only thing I could give it as a positive would be the fact that it's well made. but the budget was obviously the reason for that. if somebody gave me millions of dollars to make a movie i'm sure it would look and sound just as good.

it had a pretty good concept but unfortunately the ball was dropped. nothing interesting or even slightly different was done and the film ended up being a stale and boring one.

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