I just love scary movies. I've come to realize that watching them at home is just NOT the same as watching them in the theaters. Fortunately, I was able to see Lights Out, while it was still in theaters for our Horror Movie Month!
Lights Out follows Rebecca (played by Theresa Palmer) and her family: her mom and little brother. At first, she thinks that her mom is losing her mind. Catching her talking to no one and totally neglecting her little brother. It's not until she takes her brother, Martin, home with her that she starts to remember things from her childhood. Then, she did not know what was real, and now she is starting to put the pieces together.
At this point, Rebecca starts to try to figure out what is going on. Her mother seems to be in on it, but is she just losing her mind? Or is this for real? Finally, Rebecca learns that her mother used to live in a psychiatric institution, where she befriended a girl - Diana.
The thing about Rebecca's childhood friend is that she had a severe problem with light (kind of like the children from The Others). When the doctors tried something to help Diana with this, they ended up killing her, but she is still with Rebecca's mother. When taking her medicine, the mother was able to detach herself from Diana in the past (apparently only after Diana tried to kill Rebecca as a child). For this movie however, the mother has stopped taking her medicine and is allowing the girl to control her and her house.
typical of a scary movie. Diana is chasing Rebecca, Martin, and Rebecca's boyfriend, all while they are trying to figure out how to get rid of her. I totally saw the ending coming, but it was still a good way to end the movie.
I still don't really understand how Diana is even there and is able to hurt people. That would be the one thing that I would like to learn more about. This film is apparently based off another short film, which I would be interested to see if there are any answers to this question. Overall, I'm giving this movie a "Liked It." It kept me guessing along the way, made me jump at just the right times, and I found myself rooting for the main characters. I mean, just look at the picture of Diana... scary.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"