A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid all the scary/horror content, the movie does reward those who stick by their loved ones and face grave danger in order to protect them.
Positive Role Models
Although Rebecca is flawed and rebellious and is shown to be a somewhat unfit guardian for her younger brother, she's also very brave and loving and protective of him.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of scary, shocking moments. Characters are killed, and blood is spilled. Guns are fired; suicide by gunshot. A bloody leg. A mangled corpse. Character thrown across a room and hits her head on furniture. Character thrown from height. Characters argue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and a woman have a suggested sexual relationship; they're seen being comfortable together, lying in bed (no nudity), joking about showering together, etc. Kissing shown. Some slightly suggestive posters.
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A use of "f--k," and uses of "s--t." Plus "oh God" as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Apple FaceTime is used.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A bong is shown. Bottles of prescription pills are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lights Out is a horror movie about a ghost/monster that only appears in darkness. It's a surprisingly simple, effective idea that works well. Expect strong horror violence; in addition to scary stuff and shocking jump-scare moments, there's murder and death, bloody wounds, suicide, guns fired, brutally attacks, arguments, and unsettling themes. A young couple has a suggested sexual relationship, with some spoken references, but only kissing is shown. Language is infrequent but includes a use of "f--k" and some uses of "s--t." A bong is shown in one shot, suggesting that a character smokes pot. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This simple but effective horror movie seems to do everything exactly right. It's smart, clever, and very scary, and it doesn't bother with any of the lazy, cynical stuff associated with the horror genre today. Written and directed by David F. Sandberg -- making his feature debut after some spooky short films -- and co-written by veteran horror screenwriter Eric Heisserer, Lights Out starts by creating a great new movie monster. They establish clear rules for their Diana and then run with every conceivable variation on their idea; the movie is full of unexpected surprises.
Helped by strong performances, especially from standouts Palmer and Bello, the characters are sharply drawn and sympathetic. They also behave logically -- and even when they do go into the dark, scary basement, it's only to look for the fuse box. The movie even avoids the usual, annoying, fake "look out for the sequel" ending. It's the rare horror movie that shows its audience respect and delivers a quality tricky treat.
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