Horror Case Files: Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out

It is the 4th annual Horror Case Files! Lights Out got me excited because horror master James Wan (Saw, Conjuring) was one of the producers. I remember seeing the trailer in the theater with someone genuinely screaming during the preview. Didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters, but luckily it came out right before Halloween to rent.

Don’t know what Horror Case Files is? Every October there is a mini review on a horror movie every day of that month. It’s a great time waster at work and you might find some hidden gems, or avoid some hot messes. Horror Case Files reveal the background story, kill count, most creative kill, the killer(s), and what happened to the killer(s). WARNING! SPOILERS if you continue.


Martin, who recently lost his father can’t sleep because whenever he turns off the lights, he sees a mysterious woman in the darkness. Learning that his mom knows who this is and calls her Dianna, Martin calls for his older sister to stay with her, until their mom gets better and is back on her pills.

Kill Count

4 people



Most Creative Kill

Gouged eyes (they don’t show it happening, but the aftermath)

The Killer(s)

Diana is real, and she met Martin’s mom Sophie at a mental institution when they were little. It was rumored that Diana had powers where she could manipulate people. She also had a rare skin disorder where she was sensitive to light. The institution tried an experiment on Diana but ended up killing her.

What Happened to the Killer(s)

We learn that Diana is linked to Sophie somehow. If Sophie goes back on her meds, Diana will lose her link.  Diana prevents her from doing this. With no other options to save her kids, Sophie shoots herself, destroying the link that Diana had with this world.


Horror Case Files Verdict
Remember the 2003 film Darkness Falls. It reminds me of that film, but does a much better execution, especially when turning the lights off and on. We can all relate to that. What I like about it, it doesn’t rely too heavily on that gimmick or does the film overstays it’s welcome. The solution does seemed rush and I wish there was more development on Diana. None the less, Lights Out is a perfect Halloween movie to get your quick frights in.

Random Info I got from this File:
    • Don’t leave your bong out when child services come to your house
    • Leaving a sock at a person’s house is a small victory
    • Not a bad idea to hide flashlights around the house
File Status: 8 out of 10
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Graphic designer by day, and movie blogger whenever I can. Been watching films in the 80s and never lost the love for it. Started Movie Case Files in 2012, and kept writing random reviews ever since. Besides movies, I like watching UFC, collecting retro video games, spending time with the wife, and bacon.

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