No Babadook for sure. A very frustrating film. And that ending....really ?. Predictable yes and wrong on so many levels. I was entertained that's a start. But everything else is a complete disaster. Everything that Insidious, Conjuring 1-2 and Babadook did right is now on autopilot. To everybody outhere who suffers from any kind of depression, there is so much better movies depecting this illness. Avoid this one.
Building up from his short story released in 2013, Sandberg wastes no time to dive into the story right away, as LIGHTS OUT is all substance and no filler at 80 minutes. While the scares are nothing new and there are a few clichés here and there, it's one of the best horrors in years. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello excel at their roles. However, please don’t take the ending’s message literally. 4.5/5
This has a cool 90's vibe about it - it seemed I was watching something from when I was 14yo. With a nice acting (nothing special, but nothing dreadful) and some nice moments, it delivers what it promises: blockbuster goosebumps. I expected to be more frightened, though. Oh, and by the way: completely forgettable.
I watched this because I couldn't believe that the screenwriter of ARRIVAL also did this. Without question, Eric did a phenomenal job given the source material, a 2 minute short that probably should have stayed there. But Eric's gotta eat and they wanted a movie out of it, so here we are. There are gorgeous visuals and stand out moments, but it will never be confused as art-house horror like Babadook or It Follows.
It was cool that they tried to stay away from cliche characters, but overall this was not a good movie. If we can assume that its theme was really depression and its effect on the patient and her family, the ending was a little random and confusing. Also, the bad child acting and the disappointing jumpscares didn't help the film at all. Thumbs up to Palmer and Bello though.
After reading the amount of positive reviews we could really believe what the movie offers is a different approach of horror - which couldn't be more false. It's all just the same: based on previous material, hurried screenplay structured on a morbid past, a poorly conceived villain sometimes physical, sometimes not, scratches on the walls, scary voices whispering, underdeveloped characters and plot holes all over.