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Movie God

01/13/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not as frightening as I thought it would be

"You should let me stay at your place, just for a night. Good luck with that one, buddy."

In the vinyl era (Indeed, I experienced those days as well) you could purchase an extended version of a single. The so-called maxi-single. Sometimes you were surprised by the extended version of the single because not so bad sounding variations were added in an artistic way. However, in most cases it was just a miserable elongated version with unnecessary repetitions and tedious long intros and outros. The final feeling was more like a slight disappointment and a sudden realization that the music industry tricked you again and took away your laboriously saved money in a shrewd way. A maxi-single wasn't a guarantee that a sublime sounding music tune would sound even more impressive. I hav...

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Rising Star

10/10/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Could have been a lot better

With such a good concept in a pity that more effort wasn’t put into the story. I really enjoyed the short film the movie was based on, also directed by David F. Sandberg, and I couldn’t wait to see the long theatrical version. I was simply expecting much more than what I got.

The beginning of the movie showed promise of a good movie and then it’s all downhill. There is almost no character build up and the story’s background is based on a very mediocre plot. The film’s original idea needed a far more original story. A girl ghost that haunts a family and the heroic daughter who delves into its past and finds a way to destroy it. Very unoriginal, but with more character depth and dialogue, this could have been overlooked considering the idea of a ghost only appearing when the lights are ...

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07/30/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Watch it in the Dark

'Lights Out' is the feature length adaptation of the famous short seen on YouTube. Up and coming director, Sandberg, crafts a competent small-budgeted horror film. Sufficient amounts of tension are built throughout to accentuate the jolts. It felt as though each scary scene, while paced very well, was purposefully formatted to end on a jump-scare. Admittedly, they are examples of how to properly execute a jump-scare. Every individual eerie moment has a payoff. To me, this structure didn't manage to sustain tension throughout the entire film - providing a somewhat fragmented feeling of fright. One elongated sequence in the climax did retain the same level of fear I had while watching the original short. Some time is spent on uncovering the mystery of this entity hiding in the dark....

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07/28/2016 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Get out whenever the Lights Out...

The PG13 rating doesn't stop "LIGHTS OUT" from being an effective economical horror movie. It doesn't overstay its welcome with a surprisingly short running time that you don't see with a lot of movies anymore. Even horror movies feel the need to needlessly pad out the running time for no good reason. Teresa Palmer is good as the young woman forced to confront a monstrous entity which appears only in darkness and cannot tolerate light of any kind. The child actor playing her kid brother was solid and the obligatory love interest (who looks a lot like Edgar Ramirez) isn't annoying for once. Maria Bello plays Palmer's mentally unstable mother in the film and honestly, her story sounds more interesting than Palmer's main conflict with the villainous creature.

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