Rated: PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content. Reviewed by: Dave Release date: July 22, 2016 Released by: Warner Brothers
Lights Out is just another in a long line of horror films using a tired generic formula, different ghouls on a different day. We now have a phantom lady scratching her fingernails on the floor when the lights go out. It's sort of a ridiculous premise, but it does have some scary moments. Unfortunately, those are few and far between.
Couldn't help but notice that the sparse audience was mostly teenagers. This is obviously the demographic the movie was aimed at. Yet, I had a sinking feeling that these kids were being ripped–off by the filmmakers.
The scares were contrived, and essentially borrowed from so many other previous films. Having grown up on Universal monster movies, and classics like The Exorcist, I had seen it all before. Sadly, the kids in the audience didn't know the difference; and that's a crying shame.