From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.


Lights Out the movie is based on a 2013 three minute short film of the same name. Both the short and the full length feature have been directed by Swedish film maker David F Sandberg.

The premise of the story, a ghost that lurks in the shadows and can only be seen when the lights are off, is certainly one to send shivers down your spine. Anyone that can't go to bed with the lights off had better stay clear.

The story, or what little story there is, sees a family being haunted by a nasty ghost that can only be seen when the lights are off. There's plenty of jump out of your seat moments however it's all to obvious that the source of the movie is a short film because the whole thing feels stretched to almost breaking point. The end scene feels so padded out that whatever tension there was starts to become eroded.

Lights Out is a competent piece of filmmaking however less is sometimes best.

Lights Out (15)
Director: David F. Sandberg
: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello

UK Release: Friday 19th August 2016