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Lights Out (2016/New Line/Warner Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: C+

From Producer James Wan (The Conjuring), comes Lights Out - a PG-13 ghost story that pits the gorgeous Teresa Palmer against a paranormal entity that has stalked her and her family for her entire life. While not as strong as the Insidious films but better than the Ouija films, Lights Out (2016) has an interesting concept and some impressive visual effects that I feel could have been taken further and been more effective as a gorier R-rated version. A strong supporting cast includes Billy Burke, Gabriel Bateman, and an interesting performance by Maria Bello.

Rebecca (Palmer) has lived with more than a 'imaginary friend' her whole life - a demonic entity known as Diana. Linked to her manic depressive Mother (Bello) and thought to be dormant for many years, the evil spirit rears its ugly head back taking the life of Rebecca's father and stalking now both her boyfriend and her little brother. Only affective in complete darkness, Diana will stop at nothing until her murderous agenda is fulfilled.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - the transfer looks fantastic throughout the film. With so many dark scenes in low light, there is impeccable detail by every candle-lit flame. The sound mix sounds great too, with a lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track that is effective in scenes where Diana is screaming and whispering before an attack.

The only extra is Deleted Scenes.

A creepy ghost movie that will probably frighten younger audiences more than older ones, I found Lights Out to be an entertaining watch, but could have been more given a R rating.

- James Lockhart



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