Friday, April 28, 2017

Movie review: Lights Out

When the lights go out Martin and his older sister Rebeccca are terrorized by an evil spirit that threatens their sanity. Struggling to set themselves free, they realize the evil spirit may be tied to their mother's mental health history.

Teresa Palmer (Rebecca), Gabriel Bateman (Martin), Alexander DiPersia (Bret), Maria Bello (Sophie), Alicia Vela-Bailey (Diana), Andi Osho (Emma), Billy Burke (Paul), Amiah Miller (Young Rebecca).

Lights Out is the full-length version born from the 2013 short with the same name from director Sandberg. The film launches right into the story and the scares, and does a good job of keeping us on the edge of our seat for the remainder of the film. Though scary with some nice BOO scenes and disturbing representation of the evil entity, the story wasn't explained well and felt like it had a couple of holes at the end.

Acting was decent with Palmer delivering quite well. Bateman was decent and played well with Palmer. DiPersia started out rough but smoothed his performance in the end. Bello was fitting and also did nicely, as did the remainder of the cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were primarily focused on a single home, but nicely done with a solid feel. Integration with CGI was good and effects around the evil spirit, including action scenes, were appropriately disturbing and enjoyable. Dialogue was okay but could have had better depth and added more detail to the storyline. Sound and soundtrack were solid.

When the lights are finally turned down, Lights Out reveals itself as a nicely done horror flick with decent acting and technical work. Due to the lack of depth, this one ends up as simply a solid entry-level horror flick that genre fans should enjoy.

With mild sexuality, a fair amount of violence, and plenty of disturbing images, this should actually be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 4.12.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Supernatural horror, Horror

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