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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.

Cast

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.

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2012
SFX Magazine

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.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Eye for Film

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

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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

Full Review… | September 12, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 12, 2012
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Audience Reviews for When the Lights Went Out

½

La verdad es que es genérica una más del grupo de películas de fantasmas que pretende espantar pero termina siendo una historia anecdótica, luego el personaje del padre ambicioso da a entender que igual y la historia fue ficticia.

Josías Gutierrez
Josías Gutierrez

I think the scariest moment in the film, and boy, were there many - was when the 'malevolent spirit' started playing with the slinky - I mean, really, how did William Friedkin miss out on that one back in 1973? His loss.

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

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