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Lights Out (2016)

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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 a supernatural spirit attached to their mother.

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David F. Sandberg

Writers:

Eric Heisserer (screenplay), David F. Sandberg (based on the short film by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Teresa Palmer ... Rebecca
Gabriel Bateman ... Martin
Alexander DiPersia ... Bret
Billy Burke ... Paul
Maria Bello ... Sophie
Alicia Vela-Bailey ... Diana
Andi Osho ... Emma
Rolando Boyce ... Officer Brian Andrews
Maria Russell ... Officer Gomez
Elizabeth Pan ... Nurse
Lotta Losten ... Esther
Amiah Miller ... Young Rebecca
Ava Cantrell ... Teen Diana
Emily Alyn Lind ... Teen Sophie
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

You were right to be afraid of the dark. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando las luces se apagan See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,688,103, 24 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,268,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$148,868,835
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Special effects of having the ghost appear and disappear were mostly done by using a split-screen technique as also used in the short. Sandberg said "Whenever she's in frame with another character, it's basically just a split screen. So you shoot it with her and without her. You turn the camera on with her, you turn it off and she walks off, and then you turn it on again. It's super simple, actually." Sandberg also made a list of what he called the "light gags", or different ways to create light sources from flashlights to cell phones and gunfire. Director James Wan also put in the idea of replacing the flickering neon sign with passing car headlights. See more »

Goofs

Diana's shadow form appears to be naked, but when we see her body under the UV light, she's always wearing a dress. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Finding Nemo (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Enemy
Written by Bret Autrey
Performed by Bret Autrey (as Blue Stahli)
Courtesy of FIXT Music/Position Music
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Worth the watch!
30 July 2016 | by robert-b-norbySee all my reviews

This movie will get your pulse up fast, revealing the "horror" very early on. Interestingly enough, it keeps that pulse up throughout the movie despite of this. The concept of something that can only appear and be seen if it's dark (and with a somewhat supernatural ability to destroy light bulbs) is bound to lead to a jump scare or ten whenever it appears. Towards the end you've almost gotten so used to it that the scare effect wears off a bit, and is one of two reason I don't rank this a 10. But thanks to a good story and good actors, the movie still holds its ground to the very end.

The characters are really good, well written and performed, and with a young boy that if not before, totally kick started his future acting career with this movie. Who doesn't love a young prodigy? The plot has some weight and emotion to it, and with a solid ending that wraps things up in a much more satisfying way than most similar movies.

The other small drawback with this movie for me was mostly because of slightly unrealistic behavior from our main characters, occasionally. Like when miss heels from Jurrasic World is worried that when she releases T-Rex it won't be able to follow her if she runs. So, she waits for it to come close, walks for a bit, then runs. Those kinds of unrealistic behaviors. But I've seen much worse, and this movie doesn't take the "unrealistic" very far, or often, so I suggest you just put this on and roll with it!

All in all you get everything you want from a jump scare movie with Lights Out, with a good plot and good actors that deliver, and a scare factor we all can relate to. You might not be so happy with turning of your lights going to bed later that night, so if you have a weak stomach you might wanna sit this one out.


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