Lights Out

Featured In Issue 212, December 2016

WSR Score4.5
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Lights Out is a story about being afraid of what lives in the dark. When Rebecca (Palmer) left home she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn't real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin (Burke), is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie (Bello), has reemerged. 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. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three deleted scenes (13:58) and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is nicely rendered with a natural color palette that exhibits rich and warm hues. Lighting effects and set design provide effective contrasts with lighting used to hide the evil lurking in the shadows. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Fleshtones are perfectly natural in hue. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object textures within living quarters. The nightmarish imagery appears during dark segments, This is an effectively creepy visual experience, with dark segments nicely balanced with bright
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The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding, especially when loud bursts appear in the dark dimness. Such bursts are excited by deep, sub-25 Hz bass energy, which fully engages the soundfield. Surround envelopment is at times highly directional and surround specific, which enhances the holosonic® effect of aggressive surround activity. The orchestral score is creepy with a solid bass foundation. The score is wide and deep and penetrates the surround hemisphere. Atmospherics and creepy sound effects, such as scratching sounds, enhance the sense of terror, which builds as the story progresses. Dialogue sounds natural, with good spatial integrity. This is a hauntingly effective soundtrack that really delivers the creeps and bursts of terror. (Gary Reber)