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When the Lights Went Out Reviews

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February 25, 2016
Not sure why this gets such negative reviews : excellent tale.
February 13, 2016
Decent scarefest. Enjoyed it.
½ December 30, 2015
Only watched it because it's local. True story my arse!
August 9, 2015
the style and story were well thought through and presented! easy watch chilling with the background of being a 'true' story. really enjoyed
½ April 10, 2015
70s fashion plus ghosts = scary
March 16, 2015
Good story, but so slow.
February 18, 2015
For a British not too big a budget horror/chiller, it wasn't that bad. Based on a true story about a Yorkshire family dealing with a poltergeist back in the 70's
February 6, 2015
It's strange to hear a Yorkshire accent in a horror movie it was worth watching not particularly scary but just enough to keep my interested
February 5, 2015
Not as bad as some of the reviews made out. Easy watching if you've nothing to do for a while.
February 1, 2015
The Yorkshire gripper. An actually not too bad Yorkshire horror!
½ January 30, 2015
A little rough and ready with the way it deals with the haunting of the semi-detached in Yorkshire, but the film makers have excelled with the look and ambiance of 1970's Britain
½ January 28, 2015
When The Lights Went Out is supposedly based on a true story. one that I've never heard of before.

The movie is a wonderful piece if you're into retro 70s icons as everything from Slinkies and Buckaroo to Noel Edmonds gets referenced. because of this, and the believable family conveyed by the main cast, there's something remarkably cozy about this for a horror film.

The downside to this means that the scares, when they do come, aren't that scary and unfortunately most you can see coming a mile away. but there are some decent chilling moments in it.

This is a British horror, and it wears its heart truly on its sleeve. There are too many cultural references for a non UK resident to 'get' and it feels like an episode of 'Hammer House of Horror' just not as gory as that 70s TV gem.

There are also a couple of characters who appear in the movie who appear important to the plot, then just as quickly disappear.

It's not a bad movie, it's just not that great either, hence its 2.5 stars.
January 26, 2015
When will moviemakers realise that just because you 'borrow' scenes straight out of big hits like The Amityville Horror and The Exorcist, doesn't necessarily make your 'based on a true story' film any more interesting?
January 25, 2015
a bit of chilly fluff. reasonably acted even if we've seen it all before, many, many times.
½ January 25, 2015
When the lights went out sees a couple and there daughter move house in the 70s. Soon they learn they are not alone in the house as strange things occur in the house. Things start getting worse and they venture into seeking professional help. True story set in Pontefract
½ August 19, 2014
Nothing much to this movie. It wasn't exactly a paranormal thriller.
½ April 27, 2014
April 9, 2014
Skal visst vćre basert pĺ en sann historie fra 70-tallet. Ganske ekkel til tider.
January 29, 2014
Oddly watchable but not scary. Didn't realise it was based of a true story when I watched it though!
January 27, 2014
A good little British film, capturing the essence of the era with a ghostly tale to tell. The fact that it's based in a council house rather than an archetypal old creaky house may bring this closer to home and add something to unsettle the viewer. Worth a watch.
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