After reviewing Lights Out (2016) earlier this year and thoroughly enjoying this fresh take on the horror genre, the home disc release was a hotly anticipated addition to my collection.
Brother and Sister duo, Martin and Rebecca, feature at the centre of this horror tale as they must battle a mysterious entity that has latched itself onto their ill mother and has can only be seen when the lights are out.
Based on the short YouTube film in 2013, creator David F. Sandberg is one of the few short film directors to successful transfer their work onto the big screen in feature length format.
What makes Lights Out stand out from the rest of the crowd is the attention to detail in the framing of each shot and its impeccable sound design. Each set piece will send shivers down your spine and keep you on the edge of your seat. The natural human fear of the dark is also a key determining factor in this films emotional impact.
As far as the characters and the performances go, there is nothing overly special to write home about but everyone on the cast has their moment to shine during the runtime of the film.
At its core, Lights Out is a shining light in this dim era of Horror because of its use of psychological horror mixed with real life fear of the dark and mental conditioning all flavoured with a paranormal element to create a tense and creepy concoction. All of this along with a sequel announced by Warner Bros. and Sandberg having finished directing Annabelle 2 has be chomping at the bit for more of Sandberg’s work in the future.
The DVD disc is presented in a 16:9 ratio and is distributed by Warner Bros.
The disc contains only one special feature:
Deleted Scenes – a small selection of deleted scenes from the film including a (weaker) alternative ending. None of the scenes were pivotal to the plot and their exclusion was entirely justified after watching the film for a second time (after cinema release)
As is common with most DVD releases in the modern age, special features seem to be something that are more common on the Blu-Ray release.
Lights Out shines in this mostly dim era of the Horror genre and truly excels in places that other attempts have fallen extremely flat. Rent rather than buying the DVD.