LIGHTS OUT

LIGHTS OUT

(director: David F. Sandberg; screenwriter: Eric Heisserer; cinematographer: Marc Spicer; editor: Kirk Murri/Michel Aller; music: Benjamin Wallfisch; cast: Teresa Palmer (Rebecca), Gabriel Bateman (Martin), Alexander DiPersia (Bret), Maria Bello (Sophie), Billy Burke (Paul), Alicia Vela-Bailey (Diana), Andi Osho (Emma); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: James Wan, Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer; Warner Bros. (New Line Cinema); 2016)
“It successfully gets by with minimal dialogue and basic old-fashioned scares like loud noises and screams.

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg adeptly helms this low-budget horror/thriller in his directorial debut. It successfully gets by with minimal dialogue and basic old-fashioned scares like loud noises and screams. Writer Eric Heisserer keeps things supernatural exciting and scary, while keeping the narrative realistic but the outcome predictable.

The result is a simple but chilling resolution to an old-fashioned horror story, one that involves a supernatural entity attached to a family member with a history of dark secrets. Not relying on CGI effects, the natural eerie dark atmosphere sustains a chilling mood throughout for this clever narrative. I found it convincing (to a point) and genre pleasing. I applaud the inventive efforts of the promising filmmaker, who does much with almost nothing.
Lights Out (2016)

REVIEWED ON 7/23/2016 GRADE: B