Lights Out relies on peoples fear of the dark which is ironic considering that, sat in a darkened cinema, you’ll likely be more scared by that than the events on screen.
Teresa Palmer leads as Rebecca who, along with her little brother, begins experiencing terrifying events caused by a violent entity when… you guessed it: the lights go out. Seeking answers, she delves deeper into her mother’s past to try and solve the mystery surrounding the visitor.
This is very much a case of ‘If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the movie’, and that Includes the only twist.
Whilst it’s thankfully short, it’s sensationally boring with few scares, terrible performances and irritating characters.
Comparisons have been made to Jennifer Kent’s brilliant 2014 Australian horror The Babadook, and whilst the films may be similar in concept, they differ wildely in execution. Babadook relied on the emotional bond between mother and son, mixed with true horror elements – something Lights Out fails to do.
This is straight-to-DVD Saturday night claptrap.