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"Light’s out" Loses Creepiness With PG-13 Scares

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Light’s Out Film Details

Director: David F. Sandberg

Writer: Eric Heisserer, David F. Sandberg

Release Date: 22 July 2016 (USA)

Release Format: Theatrical

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Horror Sub-Genre: Supernatural


A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out. A feature adaptation of the 2013 short film, “Lights Out” by David Sandberg.

What is a trailer Analysis?

A trailer analysis is an in depth overview to upcoming Horror, Sci-fi and Thrillers. Some film-goers are swayed by morsels of action based kinematics. Yet, often times these same film-goers leave the theater in disappointment. Presented in the trailer does not translate into the full feature production.

“Light’s Out” Overview

The interwebs is clamoring over the upcoming Supernatural Horror film “Light’s Out”. For those unaware here’s the backstory to the film. “Light’s Out” is an adaptation to David F. Sandberg’s 2013 award winning Horror short. The Horror short is also “Light’s Out” and is a gem of a production. The film offers a frighting set-up without the cheesy jump scare gimmicks or over the top effects. The formula behind the success of the film lies in its simplicity.

It didn’t take long before “Light’s out” went viral. The film also caught the attention of Hollywood. Horror maestro James Wan serves as producer to the theatrical adaptation to “Light’s Out”. David F. Sandberg will continue his directorial duties from the Horror film short.

This author’s hopes were set high on the meter. A film adaptation of “Light’s Out” had the potential to be a scare-fest. Yet, an analysis of the trailer released earlier this week swayed opinion. The concept, the structural element for David F. Sandberg’s “Light’s Out” is void. The film is a victim to Hollywood’s template based Horror film strategy.


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