“Lights Out”

A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13

1 hour 40 minutes

Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman, Teresa Palmer

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Sometimes it’s better for your nervous system to run up a sizable electric bill.

It’s only during “Lights Out” that we come face to face with the ghoulish creature who, when the lights are on, only exists in the twisted mind of a well-meaning mom.

Take my word, “Lights Out” is actually a lot better than it sounds.

Be sure to pull up the covers for protection. Why bother with logic trying to explain why the evil creature only materializes in the dark.

It’s a chilling gimmick that “Lights Out” plays for all its worth.

The youngster finds out the hard way that his lunatic mom, Maria Bello, has been conjuring up all this chaos with a perfectly illogical explanation.

If “Lights Out” wasn’t so well acted and stylishly directed you’d consider dumping this hogwash into the bottom of the nearest barrel.

And then how would you explain curling up in your seat for dear life?

Just don’t shine your light on the storyline too closely, as long as you savor the moments Director David Sandberg conjures up to make your skin crawl.

You’ll know why “Lights Out” is all lit up with 3 stars. It’s more important for a terrifying chiller to scare you instead of illuminating you.

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