Lights out movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Lights Out is an entertaining, effective but flawed horror tale following the story of an older sister who must come face-to-face with an evil spirit attached to her mother. The film is undeniably scary and is great to get teens hooked on horror.


After her stepfather is killed by a supernatural entity, Rebecca and her boyfriend try to investigate her little brothers experiences with the mysterious connection between her mother and a supernatural spirit.

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Movie details

Director: David F. Sandberg
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, Andi Osho
Writer: Eric Heisserer
Release Date (Australia): 26 October 2016
Runtime: 81 minutes/1h 21m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains supernatural themes and horror themes, including sequences in which people are terrorised and attacked by a monster. There is a brief suicide scene, and references to suicide and a character’s skin condition.

Violence (M)

The film includes scenes of horror violence, including depictions of people being attacked by monsters, accompanied by blood and wound detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes use of the word “s**t”.

Drug Use (PG)

A bong is viewed.

Sex (G)

The film contains very mild sexual references.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s mainly just an extended version of the director’s 2013 short horror film, also known as Lights Out, but it’s effective, blood-pumping and very scary. If anything could have been changed to heighten the anticipation of the film’s clever thoughts and scares, the scariest scenes of the film could’ve just not been shown in the trailer, but that doesn’t stop it from being perfect for teen and up horror fans.

This movie is very good at making its characters clear; one is a rebellious older sister, her frightened young brother, her strange mother and her quick-thinking boyfriend. Lights Out is also one of those horror movies that gives the monster/villain an actual character. In this case, it’s an evil and hateful ghost sort of supernatural monster known as Diana, who is actually kind of hate-able because of her immoral actions.

The thing that stands out is that despite some bloodied bodies, the frights in this film never rely on being violent and gory. There’s a lot of clichéd motives mainly concerning with the fact that there’s always power cuts, faint torches and only minimal light left for the characters to fight the villain with. Despite that, they’re usually very smart and make the applaudable horror-movie decisions.

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