Cast: Billy Burke, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman, Teresa Palmer
Directed By: David F. Sandberg
Do you fear the dark? When the lights go out, it can get spooky and more so if you watch ‘Lights Out’ that only solidifies that the dark can be terrifying.
Paul (Billy Burke), works as an executive at a garment company and is working late. When his colleague shuts the office, she finds a shadow lurking around when she turns off the lights. She informs Paul about this and advises him to leave the premises immediately. With a sick wife Sophie (Maria Bello) and son Martin (Gabriel Bateman) back home, Paul informs them that he would be home soon.
Paul doesn't make it home, but the shadowy figure does. Fast forward to a few years and we find Sophie suffering from depression. After Paul’s death, Martin often finds his mother in her bedroom talking to nobody once the lights go out. On one occasion, he sees the sinister figure known as Diana. She keeps trying to attack him but seems to disappear once the lights are switched on. While at school, Martin’s academics suffer as he falls asleep in class. His teacher takes the help of his older step-sister Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and her boyfriend Bret to sort out the problem.
Rebecca takes Martin home, but finds Sophie’s condition has worsened, so she takes him to her apartment. At night when the lights go out, Diana appears to Rebecca, haunting her this time. Despite Child Control helping in the relocation, Diana follows Rebecca and Martin wherever they go, trying to kill them.
Back at her mother’s place, Rebecca finds some old papers and photos, and learns that the answer to these attacks lies in her mother who can tell who or what Diana is and how she can be stopped.
Bonus features include two deleted scenes, the third with an alternate ending. The original 2013 short film ‘Lights Out’ by David Sandberg on which this film is based is not included here, though it is freely available on YouTube.
— Verus Ferreira