​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

LIGHTS OUT (2016)










#97 of the slightly delayed movie countdown (thank you virus) is Lights Out. The plot is paper thin but the neat gimmick where an evil thingie can only attack in the dark is extremely well played. Maria Bello (bravely looking haggard and beaten) is a widow who has had mental problems and was in an institution at one time. She became a widow when her husband (Billie Burke) was mysteriously mangled in his textile factory by a malevolent force who can only do terrible things ...in the dark. Years later, her young son Martin (Gabriel Bateman) is freaked out by Mom's seemingly talking to herself with all the lights off and other very scary things that happen. His older sister Rebecca (Theresa Palmer) left a long time ago - he asks her to help and she goes back to see why mom stopped taking her meds and what the heck else is going on. And then we go full tilt into all the jolts! Actors are really good, all playing a little different than the standard film of this type. And director David Sandberg keeps every moment fresh, surprising and makes sure the audience is fully involved. There is some campy humor as well and it all works. Lights Out is short and sweet and a fun night out! BTW, the director did a three-minute short (pretty much just the scene in the textile factory) that was seen by producer-director James Wan who not only loved it, but he let Sandberg direct this full-length version of that short (Wan produced). Good move!

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? Only if she has an emergency flashlight nearby