Lights Out is based on David F. Sandberg's short story of the same name. It tells the story of a mother (Maria Bello) and daughter (Teresa Palmer) and their estranged relationship, brought about in part by the mother's mental illness and also a ghostly presence that has latched itself on to the mother. This presence can only be seen - yep you guessed it - when the lights are out. The short story succeeds precisely because the initial scare is clever and the concept holds steam within the few minutes the story takes to finish - however, this feature length Lights Out loses steam, purely because whilst the initial scares are cleverly put together, the audience becomes so familiar with the concept that the would-be scares no longer terrify, but in some instances become comical.
Sandberg tries his best to keep the concept going however and his direction shows promise. Perhaps he'll excel in the upcoming Annabelle sequel which has a premise with lots of potential. Palmer and Maria are also effective in their respective roles.
The cast is charming, the locales are stunning and the music is foot-tapping - but hardly any of these strokes of brilliance can save Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani from the fact that is void of a solid storyline or character development.
Impeccably produced and well-acted, The Woman in Black delivers most of what other modern horror movies don't which is in most parts delightful...and yet I wish that director James Watkins would have delivered more scares and increased the atmosphere a not.