I made the mistake of watching this before I went to bed :). It’s a good movie that has one big flaw. Here’s my review for Lights Out!
At first I thought Lights Out was going to be your typical jump scare horror film. And in a way it is, but it’s executed really well. There’s some sort of monster in this movie that only comes out when dark. There’s no build up to revealing the entity in this movie. It reveals itself at the very beginning of the film and kills a dude, but what seems like your typical fear of the dark movie turns out to be much more then that. This film is about mental illness and it’s portrayed in a way that I’ve never seen before.
A woman named Sophie is suffering from depression after her husband’s death. She can be seen having conversations with herself and it scares the living crap out of her son. There’s definitely something going on in that house and I like how this movie doesn’t make it a mystery. It throws everything at you at once and lets you know exactly what’s going on and it works all the way up to the end.
The scares in this movie got me a few times. Even though I knew there was something hunting these people at night I still jumped at certain scenes. And I swear this Diana thing must have watched WWE before she died because that scene in the driveway was fantastic. It looked like she was setting up for a nice back breaker before the lights came on and made her disappear :).
The best part about Lights Out is the way you battle the entity known as Diana. All you have to do is turn the lights on. At first I thought that would be a overused gimmick and grow stale over time, but I was wrong. The director was very creative in every scene that involved running away from Diana. In the end I was left very impressed with this movie. I thought it was going to be your typical afraid of the dark film with nothing new to bring to the table, but when you add mental illness into the mix it becomes something so much different then what I’ve grown accustomed to.
I don’t like the way this movie ended. It’s about depression and I think having this movie end with Sophie killing herself is telling everyone with depression that it’s okay to take the easy way out. I’ve lost close friends to depression and I used to suffer from depression myself a long time ago.
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Even though Lights Out ended on a weak note it’s still a really good movie. This is one I’ll probably be thinking about for quite some time. Lights Out is well acted, has some nice scares, great atmosphere, and great characters. I liked everyone in this movie and that almost never happens in horror movies today. I can’t ignore the fun I had in this even though the ending was weak I still enjoyed it and the flickering lights at the end makes me thing there’s going to be a sequel and if the same dude directs it I wouldn’t have a problem watching it.