Lights Out (2016)

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David F. Sandberg directs Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello and Gabriel Bateman in this ghoul who can only attack in the dark horror.

A film that coasts merely on the strength of a not exactly original premise, almost belligerently so in its mechanics. No sense of dread is ever generated so the J horror inspired jump scares and narrow “hit the switch” escapes feel fitted as standard rather than any kind of hoot. Teresa Palmer hampers proceedings too. The uniformly good performances from all around her, show up a very wet turn from a “star” in the making. Will we ever care about a fake tan drenched goth who cannot even convey fear effectively? Her poor work matches the creative effort behind the camera put into this  Ronseal movie.

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