DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

LIGHTS OUT (director: David F. Sandberg; screenwriter: Eric Heisserer; cinematographer: Marc Spicer; editor: Kirk Murri/Michel Aller; music: Benjamin Wallfisch; cast: Teresa Palmer (Rebecca), Gabriel Bateman (Martin), Alexander DiPersia (Bret), Maria Bello (Sophie), Billy Burke (Paul), Alicia Vela-Bailey (Diana), Andi Osho (Emma); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: James Wan, Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer; Warner Bros. (New Line Cinema); 2016)

"It successfully gets by with minimal dialogue and basic old-fashioned scares like loud noises and screams."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg adeptly helms this low-budget horror/thriller in his directorial debut. It successfully gets by with minimal dialogue and basic old-fashioned scares like loud noises and screams. Writer Eric Heisserer keeps things supernatural exciting and scary, while keeping the narrative realistic but the outcome predictable.

REVIEWED ON 7/23/2016       GRADE: B

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