Back in 2013, a Swedish dude named David F. Sandberg came up with a simple, yet crazy effective idea for a short Horror film: A woman's house is haunted by a shadowy figure that moves closer and closer to her every time she turns off the lights.
Sounds like a simple idea, and it is, but man did that short send a chill down our spines when we first saw it.
You can check out the short HERE.
Three years later, James Wan decided that the short was so good that it needed to be a full-length movie, and so he made it happen. He even let Sandberg direct it. We think that's kinda cool.
We think the final product is kinda cool too.
|SHE'S HOT THOUGH, SO ALL OF THAT CAN BE FORGIVEN.|
Bloodless jump-scares and low-light set pieces ensue.
|HOW MUCH LIGHT DO YOU NEED TO FIGHT ONE GHOST?|
I truly expected this one to be another dull, flat, predictable PG-13 Horror flick that Hollywood is so fond of churning out on the reg, but was surprised to find that it was smart, creepy as hell, and that it actually had something serious to say about mental health. Now, it wasn't perfect. It really could have run a bit longer to flesh the characters out a bit, but then again its pace was maybe its greatest virtue; things happen quick in this movie, and there's not much of its runtime that is dedicated to slow, boring exposition.
Oh yeah, and it was pretty creepy too. Intense at times, even.
I was wondering how they were going to take an effective short film and stretch it into a 90-minute movie, but they came up with a really great backstory to go along with the already great hook, and it melded together better than we had hoped. Diana was a terrifying monster, and the fact that she was borne of, or allowed to carry on because of, Sophie's mental illness was an interesting way to give her character some weight.
This movie was Teresa Palmer's show. It took me a minute to warm up to her character, but once I did, I found myself really liking her. The girl makes a good Scream Queen.
|WHY IS HE STARING AT HER NECK?|
I get that the movie doesn't exist without the whole "lights on, lights off" thing, but it felt like a cheap ploy at times.
|SHE LOOKS GOOD IN RED.|
|YES, TERESA, THAT MEANS GORE AND NUDITY!|
|THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF BLOOD THOUGH...|
|THIS IS AS RACY AS THINGS GET IN LIGHTS OUT.|
Rent this spooky treat this Halloween Season, and watch it with the lights out. Heh.
Lights Out is available now on VOD, with a Blu-ray & DVD release to follow on October 25th.
Teresa Palmer is one saucy Aussie, mate. G'day.