Lights Out (2013)/ (2016) - Director David F. Sandberg

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(2013) Lights Out is a simple three minute story that makes you want to keep the lights on at night. No matter how many times I watch this, I know I'm still going to jump.


David F. Sandberg's escalation allows your imagination to run at the thought of what could be lurking in the dark. The actresses reaction is subtle, she tells us she is scared but it may be her mind playing tricks on her.


As the film progresses, the hideous sounds of the creature makes your skin crawl. The footsteps of the creature led me to believe it will burst through the doorway but the light starts flickering and make me question if the creature in the room.


You finally we see a monster with no darkness. Our sense of security was destroyed. This whole time we thought she was only limited to the dark, we feel sympathy, wondering what she will do when the lights are off.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LiKKFZyhRU&ab_channel=WarnerBros.Pictures


Despite some predictable plot lines (2016) Lights Out is a engrossing intense psychological horror that ran at a decent pace for you to stay scared.


When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) left home, she believed that her childhood fears were behind her. Growing up she was never really sure of what was real when the lights went out at night. Rebecca's little brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) is experiencing the same horrifying events that threatened her safety. They both hold onto a mysterious attachment to their mother (Maria Bello) as a supernatural entity has returned to torture the entire family.


The lighting in the film is the strongest element, it allowed for some creative and occasionally funny uses of torches, candles and headlights. This technique generated a lot of the scares and sinister atmosphere.


Although the film leaves me asking questions due to some plot holes, this supernatural story just isn't memorable enough to be a full-length horror movie, it should have remained as a short horror.