When the Lights Went Out (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

When the Lights Went Out (2012)




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Prepare yourself for the ultimate horror experience. As you watch this film there is one inescapable fact that cannot be denied, one fact that will make your blood run cold, one fact that will leave you gasping for breath and unable to turn out the lights...everything you are about to see..really happened. Yorkshire, 1974, the Maynard family moves into their dream house. It's a dream that quickly descends into a panic stricken nightmare as the family discovers a horrifying truth, a truth that will make the historybooks. The house is already occupied by the most violent poltergeist ever documented, a poltergeist that will tear you from your bed as you sleep anddrag you helplessly into the darkness. As the attacks on the family become increasingly violent and terrifying it becomes clear that the exorcism of the poltergeist will be their only chance for survival. Two separate exorcism are attempted...the consequences of which..are disastrous. When The Lights Went Out is based on true events that occurred at No. 30, East Drive on the Chesterfield Estate, Pontefract, WestYorkshire. The subject of a plethora of research group studies, books and newspaper reports, this is the horrifying story of what really happened. Embrace the truth and experience unrivalled terror.


Tasha Connor
as Sally Maynard
Jo Hartley
as Jeanette
Martin Compston
as Mr. Price
Gary Lewis
as Father Clifton
Nicky Bell
as Milkman
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Critic Reviews for When the Lights Went Out

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

A film that not even the formidable Gary Lewis can save is a scary thing indeed.

September 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Nothing particularly surprising or exciting happens, and the straightness with which the subject is treated eventually means everything seizes up.

September 19, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Despite the fact that the scariest thing about this Yorkshire-brewed ghost story are the 70s fashions (avocado kitchen and rum and pep, anyone?), there is something quite charming about the creakiness of it all.

September 14, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Director Pat Holden delivers a few effective shocks but overcooks the climax.

September 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This British scary movie is preposterous and cheesy, if occasionally oddly enjoyable.

September 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[Draws] upon the effective, low-fi scares of Ghostwatch or The Stone Tapes for well-sustained tension.

September 12, 2012 | Full Review…

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