Lights Out (2016) Review

Rating: 5.5 / 10

A standard, little boring horror movie that gave out too much in the promotion material of the movie, destroying the chances to surprise the audiences with some great jump scares.

Plot: When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie.


  • Teresa Palmer as Rebecca
  • Amiah Miller as Young Rebecca
  • Gabriel Bateman as Martin
  • Maria Bello as Sophie
  • Emily Alyn Lind as Young Sophie
  • Alexander DiPersia as Bret

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Produced by: Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer, James Wan

Written by: Eric Heisserer (screenplay)

Based on: Lights out (short film) by David F. Sandberg

Budget: $4.9 million

The first feature film of David F. Sandberg really got me excited with its promotional campaign. It got one of the best, scariest trailers for a horror movie and I couldn’t wait for this one. For me the last few horror movies were just awful (example, The Darkness and The Boy (awful movies)) and was hoping for a great movie that will scare the shit out of me. The premiere came, the movie went and I could say that the trailer is much better than the movie.

Story was interesting – a scary person appears only in darkness but not in light, sound interesting, right (that was a short way to tell the plot)? Yeah a little bit. But a horror movie is good if the scares are good. If the scares would’ve been unpredictable the movie might even scare me once. Oh sorry……it scared me once and that’s all. All the jump scares are shown in the trailer that’s why you don’t get scared. The movie gives a good atmosphere when the lights are out but when they are on – it’s boring. Everything in this movie is simple horror – nothing special – it doesn’t scare people in a new way, it just shows you when it will scare you and boooo you are kind of scared. Predictable.

The best part of the movie was the performance of Maria Bello as Sophie. With such a portrayal it was engaging to watch her on the big screen. She was the only part of the movie that you couldn’t predict. You just saw a character that is afraid for her life. The character really evolved throughout the movie and it was interesting. For me the ending with Sophie was also unpredictable but it felt like a let-down for me – maybe a more interesting ending would’ve been better.

The other cast performances were not that well. Teresa Palmer, Alexander DiPersia and Gabriel Bateman looked like they were not that interested in the movie and gave a mediocre performance. For me there wasn’t no character development in these characters – as in the beginning they are the same at the end.

As always it is interesting to find out the ending of the movie. As I already wrote the ending for me was a let-down and it was boring. No conclusion – as always for a horror movie and it is easy to say that the movie will have a sequel – as always for a horror movie.

I was really surprised that the movie had a budget of $4.9 million. Well almost everything in the movie looked really good for such a budget. It didn’t look perfect but it looked good. The movie grossed $99 million and that for a horror movie is a success. And that 100% proves that there will be a sequel (maybe after two years, or even next year).

Overall this movie would be good for you if you haven’t seen the promotional stuff and go blind in the movie. Just read the plot summary and that’s all. If the trailer has been seen, then you might not get scared and you could get bored watching the movie. I hope that you will be scared watching this……

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