LIGHTS OUT (2013)
Dir: David F Sandberg
Starring: Lotta Losten
Here’s something to help you see in the weekend in creepy-style, an award-winning, dialogue-free, two-minute horror short that will absolutely TERRIFY you!
This garnered quite a bit of mainstream media attention a while ago, including a story on the Daily Mail online. I completely understand why.
SUMMARY: As this is very, very short, I won’t spoil too much. It is basically the story of a young woman, home alone on a dark, stormy night (aren’t they all????).
As bedtime approaches, she thinks she spots something in her hallway.
WHY IT WORKS: This short embraces so many horror tropes that it could almost be a pastiche… if they weren’t all utilised to perfection.
Using the age-old fear of what may be lurking within the dark, along with artful direction from the superb David F Sandberg (a man whose short films have bagged award after award, for VERY good reason) this film is like an old campfire horror story. It uses a simple location, technically immaculate camera work and a superb use of sound (all about those running footsteps, YIKES!) to scare the living daylights out of even the most hardened of horror fans.
DIALOL: None at all, this passes without a word being spoken.
SO WHERE’S IT AT? Well the lazy among you can watch it right here!
However, please do visit David F Sandberg’s official web site here or his vimeo channel here. Both are full of links and information to even more of his fantastic work. There are enough treasures there to keep you busy for a long time.
10 WORD WRAP UP: Two minutes of fantastically shot and legitimately terrifying bedtime horror
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