This movie is nothing special, it's the bare minimum of what a horror movie should be. The plot is held together by very loose threads, and it relies solely on jump-scares (loud, sudden noises) rather than trying to establish any psychological horror in the audiences mind. If you're looking for a scary movie to watch on a dark, Saturday night with friends or family, this could suffice, but if you're looking for something good, look elsewhere.
There's nothing truly original about this film, but I still enjoyed it more than many other recent offerings in the horror genre.
Scares and a little tension, but not much else.
Hot shot producer Jimmy "Wham" Wan got together with super-schlockmeister Davey F. Sandberg over several quarts of Old Crow. After imbibing the required amount they decided that they could do a variation on Brian De Palma's "Sisters" for morons, and on a budget of about $10 000 (It would be easy, getting star Teresa Palmer - a Jeffery Epstein reject for nothing and her co-star Alex diPersia - who makes Tommy Wiseau look like John Malkovich for, say $50 and a case of beer) and it could make at least $100 000 000.
Guess what? They were right!
Acting isn't too bad but the story is bland, with no imagination, no surprises, nothing that makes you say 'whoa, I didn't see this coming!'.
Much more than a handful of jump-scares. This movie is legitimately creepy from start to finish. It isn't perfect, by any means, but it's a much scarier movie than I've seen in quite some time.
It doesn't rely on gore, violence, or the standard horror setting.
So, as far as traditional themes go it is (slightly) original.
Still super creepy on a second watch! Recommended for people who like things like Ringu and Babadook :)
Lights Out sets up like a standard demonic presence, horror movie, where an evil entity pursues the seemingly innocent protagonists to no end, but it employs a unique device of making the antagonist only visible in the shadows to add something extra. The device works to great effect for jump scares that don’t seem as cheap as some in the same genre, and it's a useful base for a handful of interesting visual effects like the muzzle bursts from a gun causing the antagonist to intermittently disappear, or a protagonist gaining brief respite from being attacked by flipping on a car’s headlights. Without care, Lights Out could have floundered, but the director was clearly committed to the vision and wound up making a genuinely spooky experience.
I was impressed with this movie! It kept me interested from start to finish, which is a rarity in most movies today.
I enjoyed this movie. It was a 'fun' horror--lots of moments where you 'jump'. The story is engaging and you stay glued to the screen to see what happens next.
Bookworm12130 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
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