Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out (2016)

Current horror filmmaking maestro James Wan (The Conjuring) puts on a producing hat and turns a terrifying 2013 short film into a feature-length movie. Follows a woman who is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.

2016Rating: M, Supernatural themes and violence81 minsUSA
Horror

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

It wasn't hard to picture the big screen possibilities when the original Lights Out short went viral a few years ago. The resulting film, written by Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5, 2010's A Nightmare on Elm St remake), isn't the most interesting extrapolation of the short imaginable, but its central hook remains effective enough to keep the movie afloat for its brisk running time.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Essentially repeating the same jump scare, over and over again, for most of its muscular 80 minute running time. What's most shocking is how well it still works.

Time Out

Time Out

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The central idea here is as durable and effective as a well-told fireside ghost story, but in the cold light of day, the film fades.

3.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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For a movie that relies so heavily on a single, not especially groundbreaking visual effect — now you see the bogeyman, now you don’t — Lights Out is crazy scary.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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This is a movie that just floats along until it becomes socially irresponsible not to divulge some sort of explanation.

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Predictable stuff, energized by some spiffy scare effects from cinematographer Marc Spicer who works wonders with underlighting.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A surprisingly maternal horror movie that relies as much on fraying emotional bonds as supernatural suspense to create tension.

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

It wasn't hard to picture the big screen possibilities when the original Lights Out short went viral a few years ago. The resulting film, written by Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5, 2010's A Nightmare on Elm St remake), isn't the most interesting extrapolation of the short imaginable, but its central hook remains effective enough to keep the movie afloat for its brisk running time.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Essentially repeating the same jump scare, over and over again, for most of its muscular 80 minute running time. What's most shocking is how well it still works.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The central idea here is as durable and effective as a well-told fireside ghost story, but in the cold light of day, the film fades.

3.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

For a movie that relies so heavily on a single, not especially groundbreaking visual effect — now you see the bogeyman, now you don’t — Lights Out is crazy scary.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a movie that just floats along until it becomes socially irresponsible not to divulge some sort of explanation.

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Predictable stuff, energized by some spiffy scare effects from cinematographer Marc Spicer who works wonders with underlighting.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A surprisingly maternal horror movie that relies as much on fraying emotional bonds as supernatural suspense to create tension.