Ever turn the light off at night and then turn it straight back on again, just to be sure nothing’s there? You know – that moment when something moves in the corner of your eye, when the memory of light ghosts on your retina and tricks your eye into seeing a shadow. That’s all it is… right?
What happens in the shadows out is exactly what Lights Out explores. Produced by James Wan, whose Conjuring, Insidious 1 &2 and Annabelle I’m a big fan of, the full feature-length movie is directed by Sandberg seems to be able to do amazing things with tiny budgets. The short film won Best Director at the “Who’s there?” Worldwide Horror Film Challenge and you can see why below!
If that sent a shiver through your nerves, you can read a couple of pretty positive reviews by folks who’ve seen the full movie already at Forbes and at Variety, in which they champion the low-budget, atmosphere rich narrative. I’m all for story horror over cheap jump scares, so I can’t wait to see Lights out – in the dark of course.
The movie isn’t out until 22nd July in the US, and not until 19th August in the UK (boooo!) but judging by the short film it’s based on, it’s going to be a fiendishly good one.