Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, Alexander DiPersia, Maria Bello
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Supernatural horror written and directed by David F. Sandberg, produced by James Wan based on Sandberg’s short film of the same name.
When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was real when the lights went out at night. Now her little brother, Martin (Gabriel Bateman), is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.
Holding a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie (Maria Bello), the supernatural entity has returned with a vengeance to torment the entire family. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger, once the lights go out.
Verdict: As a fan of horror movies I was so looking forward to this movie, especially because I thought the short film that it’s based on was so great. However, after watching the movie I was a little disappointed, maybe because I had such high expectations after watching that great short. Despite that I do still think this an effective horror and had justified jumpscares in the right places. I think what disappointed me was that there wasn’t enough depth to the characters and the reveal of the horror entity, Diana, and what she looks like was the most disappointing because it just sticks to something we have seen so many times in horror film, it would have almost been better if they’d either never revealed what she looked like or gone with something similar to the look from the short film. Overall, I think if you’re a horror fan you will find enough in this to enjoy and creep you out.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 20)
[Rebecca walks Bret out of her front door]
Rebecca: See you tomorrow.
Bret: You know one of these days you could let me…
[suddenly Rebecca kisses him]
[as Bret is walking away from Rebecca’s apartment building]
Rebecca: Hey, sexy.
[Bret turns to see Rebecca leaning out her apartment window]
Rebecca: I like you…a lot.
Emma: [to Rebecca] Your brother fell asleep in homeroom this morning, for the third time in the past week.
Rebecca: Where is mom?
Martin: Someone keeps on coming over.
Martin: Her name is Diana.
Rebecca: What did you say?
Rebecca: Hey, you want talk about it?
Martin: I’ve been sleeping with the lights on. Every time I turn them off there’s this woman, she doesn’t like the light.
Rebecca: I know, I see her too.
Martin: Every time I turn off the lights there’s this woman waiting in the shadows.
Rebecca: I see her too.
Rebecca: Each one of us is being haunted by this thing.
Sophie: Hey, Martin, what’s up? Did we wake you?
[Martin looks around the room with confusion]
Sophie: [to Martin] I want to tell you a story. A long time ago I had a friend named Diana. I found out something really bad happened to her, but she came back. She’s going to stay as long as you keep the light out!
[Martin suddenly feels an evil presence looming behind him]
Rebecca: Everyone is afraid of the dark and that’s what she feeds on.
Martin: Becca, are we gonna die?
Rebecca: No, we need to find more light!
Diana: Keep the lights out.
Rebecca: Stay in the light!
Rebecca: There is a dead woman in this house!
Rebecca: We’re living with a dead woman!
Sophie: Ghosts don’t exist.
Rebecca: Well, if she’s not a ghost then what is she?
Diana: Keep the lights out.
[she lifts Rebecca into the air]
Diana: I’m not being sent away again. If you don’t stop, I’ll show you where I put your father!
[the cops are in Rebecca and Martin’s house, searching in the dark]
Cop: Show yourself.
[suddenly something pulls the cop and he disappears]
Sophie: [to Diana] There’s no you without me!
[after she’s been shot at]
Diana: That won’t hurt me.
[Sophie puts the gun to her head]
Sophie: This will. There’s no you without me.
Rebecca: Mom, what are you doing?
Sophie: Saving your lives.
[she pulls the trigger and kills herself and Diana disappears]
Rebecca: [to Bret] You came back.
Martin: So did you.
[Rebecca kisses his forehead as he clings to her]
Total Quotes: 20