Film Review: Lights Out
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★★★★☆ As a horror fan, but by no means a horror expert, I like to think I can tell a decent horror from the swathes of God-awful efforts that hit our screens every year. Lights Out, thankfully, is of the former category. Although not an outstanding horror movie, and probably not one due to be hailed as a classic, Lights Out manages to entertain with plenty of jumpy-adrenalin sequences without relying too heavily on such scenes to carry the plot or keep the audience’s attention – and most refreshingly of all, without too much reliance on CGI. The film jumps into the plot relatively quickly – and at only 1 hour and 21 minutes it’s just as well – but thankfully it doesn’t feel the need to over-explain what’s happening. While some questions are left unanswered and this could potentially be considered a major criticism of the film, it’s quite refreshing to be thrown into the storyline without over-analysing it (when it’s a ghost child with a skin condition sporadically jumping out of dark nooks and crannies, logic plays little part anyway). And it is our visceral fear of the dark that this film plays off, while introducing other horror tropes without making them feel cliché.
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