Hoping to get Hyped for Halloween? Try Lights Out.
The movie Lights Out looked terrifying from the first time I saw the trailer. In fact, I was originally going to try to avoid it altogether, but I decided to take one for the team and sacrifice my sanity to make sure that it would be appropriate for you, our beloved Execublog audience. I know, I know, you can thank me later.
The good news is that Lights Out is completely fitting for any of you, as long as you have nerves of steel. Oh, and make sure that you’re over the age of 13, as the movie is rated PG-13 – but in my opinion, you should be at least a couple of years older if you don’t want to have nightmares for a few nights afterward (or irreversible psychological damage…everyone deals with things differently…right??) This is your final warning: Lights Out is not for the easily frightened, and it is absolutely not for those who are afraid of the dark.
Now that we’ve made it past the disclaimers, it’s time for the good stuff. Lights Out initially focuses on Martin, a young boy who begins to see a horrifying figure in the shadows of his home right around the time that his father passes away. It quickly becomes clear that Martin’s mother (who has recently stopped taking her medication) is aware of these disturbances, and even attempts to normalize them. And, when Martin’s adult sister, Rebecca, steps in to help, things only seem to get worse.
What I like about this movie is that the figure being referred to (also known as Diana) isn’t your run-of-the-mill demonic force that “is attached to the house” or “possesses the eldest daughter” or whatnot – that would be too easy. Diana’s ties to the family go much deeper than that, and this complicated and toxic relationship is played out very well in the movie. I appreciate that this interesting relationship actually helps to explain some of the twists and plot developments, because this kind of explanation and insight seems to be quite rare in horror movies these days.
The cast of this movie may look slightly familiar to you, but it’s not particularly star-studded – as is the case with most movies of this genre. Rebecca is played by Teresa Palmer, who you may know from Warm Bodies or Wish You Were Here. Her mother in the movie is played by Maria Bello, who I recently learned was a character on the ER in the 90s (Anna Del Amico). She also appeared in the more recent movie, Prisoners. They were both convincing in their roles, as was Gabriel Bateman, who played Martin. No complaints here!
All in all, Lights Out was thrilling right from the beginning, and delivered consistent jump scares and seriously haunting images throughout the film. Viewers are invited to see beyond the usual standard of what makes a “bad guy” vs. a hero, which adds a lot of depth and makes the movie much more compelling. I would definitely recommend this movie to any lover of horror films, or anyone who just wants to get into the Halloween spirit. After all, it is only a couple of weeks away!
Prepare yourself for this haunted holiday by watching Lights Out on Execulink’s VOD channel (ch.100) from October 25th, 2016 to March 3rd, 2017.
Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor
Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.