Flash Movie Review: Lights Out

It was a sliver of light no bigger than a pie slice, just long enough into my bedroom to see. I never had a night light as a child; probably because all the electrical outlets in the room were hidden behind furniture. Instead the bedroom door was left ajar, allowing the light outside to cast a calm glow into my room. It wasn’t like I thought there were monsters under my bed or someone could come through the window and steal me; we lived on a high third floor. I just wanted to see the silhouettes of all the things in the room with me. Darkness did not necessarily scare me, but for some unexplained reason I knew I had to be more careful. Where this thought came from I honestly do not know; what was it about darkness that made people leery? I can remember going to the city zoo and walking through their animals of the night exhibit and immediately thinking the animals were “scary.” The bats in particular I thought were evil and this was before I even knew about Dracula. Seeing them fly around their enclosure lit only by black lights, they not only were scaring me but the visitors around me. This type of fear is not exclusive to just nocturnal animals. I knew some people who did not like cats as pets because, as they would say, they slink around in the dark and you never know what they are thinking. What is it about the darkness that scares so many people? This horror film will give you the answer.   MARTIN, played by Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle, Checkmate), was falling asleep in class. School officials needed to call in and talk to his family to find out why Martin was not getting enough sleep. The answer was not so simple. This picture was a surprise for me. I found the bare bones script and lack of CGI effects refreshing. The reason I say refreshing is because the movie had an old fashioned horror film vibe to it. With a simple premise and good acting from the cast which also included Maria Bello (Prisoners, A History of Violence) as Sophie and Alexander DiPersia (I am Legend, Forever) as Bret, I enjoyed the way the director built up tension throughout the scenes. Simply using darkness as a tool, the anticipation and shock value provided me with some fun “cheap thrills.” I thought Teresa was perfectly cast in the role of big protective sister to her little brother. Maybe it is just me but I liked the idea of having a strong female lead since many horror films tend to cast women as the helpless victims. There were a few scenes that showed blood but there was not the gore that sometimes comes with it. I think this film would have a wider appeal because most people can relate or understand the fear so many associate with darkness. As I said earlier this had the flavor of an old fashioned horror film; but do not take it for granted, you may think twice about turning off the lights tonight.


2 ¾ stars



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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 26, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I had just watched ‘Crimson Peak’ and the ‘Forest’ where all horror movies has connection with dark halls and rooms, cellar or in the woods … Really not a nice thing when the mind starts to wander and wondering about ‘if-there-is-something-in-the-dark’ … watching you! LOL

    Since we were little, we have always the least one light on in the corridor because both of my parents wore glasses and could not see anything without it if there were to walk all of a sudden in the dark. Especially when one lazily waking up to go to the loo. So, the least I am glad that they did. My little brother is always afraid of the dark and he told us that every night the kitchen door of which connected to the corridor facing our bedroom is always seem to open every night again and again on its own. Even if many times my parents closed it and secured, it would open wide the next morning.

    Finally, my father changed the lock and had this particular door lock. So, instead that the kitchen door is open, then it is my brother’s door that got open. He freaked out the next morning when he realized the door was widely open and he cried. To tell you the truth, I do not know of what to make out of it. I was only 11-12 years old at that time and it did gives me a scare. There few strange things occurred in that house and we had left it as quickly as possible because we heard our mother told my father she was haunted in dreams of a terrible woman who had lived and died in that house had lost her children to her husband. She think that they were murdered.

    Years later when we were older and there is this thing called ‘computer’ and you have access to libraries, my brother and I did some research on our old house to which of course, to our shock that it was true of what our mother did think on that house. The man had murdered his children and left the country, abandoned his wife on her own to suffer the fate he had caused her. It was love-hate revenge sort of thing. It was horrible …

    Still, a haunting event in any places are the thing of which until today cannot be explain. To believe it or not, it depends on oneself’s faith. It would have been better if you DO NOT THINK those never ever exist in real life or real world … but who knows really.

    Well, I hope that this movie is as good as it look. But nowadays, I am quite choosy with horror films because most of it are not that scary. I like Crimson Peak, but it is not as scary as it seems. The funny fact is, the house is the one that scares me the most – not the shadows or the ghosts! LOL
    And the ‘Forest’ movie is the same, it is not the ghosts that scares me, but it was the sight of the woods that suffocate one’s mind with unimaginable fear. LOL Odd, really!

    Tell me, if this ‘Lights Out’ film is good. Perhaps then I might watch it.

    • Thank you so much for sharing such a compelling retelling of your childhood experiences in that house. I think it could easily be turned into a movie and be a success. If you had told me about the house I would say this movie is good for you, but I am holding back a little. I still would like you to see it and tell me what you think of it. Again thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments.

  2. I was so scared of the dark as a child, and in all honestly kind of still am… And I’m a big horror movie fan, so I’ll totally be checking this out. It’s hard to find new and GOOD horror movies these days, but once you do, it’s so worth it!

  3. I had a lot of fun with this one. Much better than I anticipated.

  4. These are great reviews of movies – thank you! Thank you, also, for following my blog.

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