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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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You were right to be afraid of the dark.

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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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22 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Lights Out  »

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$4,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,688,103 (USA) (22 July 2016)

Gross:

$67,235,683 (USA) (23 September 2016)
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Trivia

Lotta Losten, star of the original short, returns for a role and gives her feature film debut. See more »

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When Rebecca and Martin are in the kitchen Rebecca places a milk jug on the table, milk instantly appears in a glass and the amount is constantly changing through the entire scene. See more »

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Rebecca: [about Martin] I'm sleeping with him tonight. You know I'm doing this for him.
Bret: Just like I'm doing this for you.
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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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Referenced in Ghostbusters (2016) See more »

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Enemy
Written by Bret Autrey
Performed by Blue Stahli
Courtesy of FIXT Music/Position Music
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Simple but very effective.

This is what horror films should be like - focused on the scares, has really effective jump scares, even a few humor thrown in, and a not complicated story line that is very easy to follow.

This is very much a very "popcorn horror movie" where it delivers the right scares & thrills. Maybe it was a little too short, but that's okay compared to long horror movies that don't really work.

I found myself jumping/shouting/screaming a couple of times watching this in the movie theater and I assure you it was not because I just wanted to do it or due to the influence of peer pressure of everyone in the theater also jumping. And it has also impact beyond that, because you'd be thinking about this movie when you get home and you have to turn off the lights.

It's a very entertaining horror film and in my opinion, what horror films should be like (especially PG-13 horror films). "PG-13 horror films" can indeed be very effective in the right circumstances. Those people who are saying this is "only scary" because of the "jump scares" don't understand effective jump scares when they see them.

So bring your friends along with you and watch this in the cinema and you'll be surprised.


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