Afraid of the dark? James Wan's tale will scare you

PRIMAL FEAR: Rebecca (Palmer) comes back home to help her brother deal with the spirit haunting their home in the movie Lights Out.


    Aug 18, 2016

    Afraid of the dark? James Wan's tale will scare you


    Horror/ 81 minutes/ Opens today

    Rating: 3/5

    PRODUCER James Wan's indie horror flick plays on one's fear of the dark.

    But the greater evil is schizophrenia.

    Maria Bello is schizophrenic single mum Sophie who has an invisible "friend" Diana.

    Diana comes out at night to terrorise the occupants of the house, including Sophie's children Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and Martin (Gabriel Bateman).

    Because Sophie refuses to believe in Diana's existence, Rebecca leaves home and leaves Martin to fend for himself. But big sis returns later to help him get rid of Diana.

    Lights Out relies on physical scares instead of CGI and old-school bump-in-the-night tricks that play on your mind.

    There's nothing ground-breaking here but it's effective nevertheless.