Lights Out

I watched a horror film movie that is more a psychological horror film than a traditional horror film. The opening scenes show a man named Paul in a telephone conversation. You can tell by his reactions and his side of the talk that he isn’t happy.

Paul is agitated and upset and talking angrily into the phone. Meanwhile, his office assistance Esther locks up the textile company he owns. She begins to turn off the building lights when she hears something. Esther sees a black silhouette of a woman with claws instead of fingers.

She turns the lights on, and it is gone. She turns the lights off, and she’s closer. She quickly turns the lights off, and it is gone. At this point, I’m thinking don’t turn the lights off. Don’t turn the lights off, but guess what? She turned the lights off, and of course, the monster was right in her face.

Esther screams, turns the lights on, and ran like hell was chasing her. She tried to tell Paul what was going on, but he was distracted by the telephone conversation. He waves her off, finishes the conversation, and continues to lock up.

I don’t want to give away the entire plot, but pay attention to the telephone conversation. It is a big clue to the rest of the movie.

Paul goes to lock up the building and doesn’t survive his run-in with the shadow lady. It is where the story begins.

Rebecca and Martin are half brother and sister. Same mother, but different fathers. It seems the sibling’s mother has Schizophrenia and talks to non-existent people. Well, one named “Diana,” anyways. t

It starts innocently enough; Martin has nightmares and can’t sleep. Haunted by a dark silhouette of a woman with claws for fingers, Martin can’t sleep. Sound familiar?

The lack of sleep begins to affect him at school because he falls asleep in class. It happens so often, the school counselor gets involved, and Martin calls Rebecca. Rebecca is an adult living on her own, haunted by memories of her past.

In the process of helping Martin, she learns that her memories might be real. Helping Martin also makes Rebecca realize that their mother, Sophie, isn’t suffering from Schizophrenia. Now Rebecca and Martin need to save their mother from Diana. They need to figure out a way to do that without getting killed themselves in the process.

David F. Sandberg directed this movie based on a short film he also created. I liked this film because it was different with little blood and gore.

Today, horror films seem to stress blood and gore. “Slasher” movies are so popular right now; the more blood in the movie, the better. This movie was about suspense and thrills—the scenes gradually built up the anticipation, pulling in the viewer.

Lights Outs was filled with surprises and unexpected revelations about how and where Diana was born. I love these kinds of movies, and it didn’t do bad at the box office either. It brought in a cool 148.9 million dollars.

If you want a thrilling, scary movie without the blood and guts, this is the movie for you.

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