If you’re a reader of my blog, you know that I was super excited for the movie Lights Out.
I was not disappointed.
The movie is directed by David F. Sandberg, the director of the short film of the same name, and although he hasn’t directed a feature-length film before this, he did a fantastic job setting a creepy tone and not relying too much on jump scares to captivate the audience. And others in the industry must have thought so, too, because he’s been hired to direct the sequel to Annabelle.
The movie opens with a very scary scene with Billy Burke and the star of the short film, Lotta Losten. (Side note: Since she doesn’t have any speaking lines in the short film, I never realized Losten wasn’t American. I was pleasantly surprised by her accent.) I’m not going to give anything big away. I just want to say that the film’s monster/ghost/supernatural being is very well done, and the opening put everyone on edge.
I believe I heard more than a few screams and jumps within the first 10 minutes.
After the opening, Teresa Palmer stars as Rebecca, the daughter of Sophie, a bipolar woman played by Maria Bello. Sophie’s mental issues interfere with the raising of Rebecca’s little brother, and Rebecca must get involved to help her brother get out of the sad situation. Of course, this is a horror movie, so we know this situation involves an evil entity. And if you’ve seen the trailers, you know the entity causes some problems in their family life.
I don’t want to spoil the movie, so I don’t want to go further into detail. I will say that the effects, music, and acting make this one a must-watch.