So far, 2016 has been very kind to horror fans, with Sundance sensation The Witch hitting theaters early in the year, and James Wan terrifying audiences earlier this month with The Conjuring 2. But the thrills and chills aren’t over just yet, and the next high-profile frightfest is coming our way in just a few short weeks.
Lights Out began as a three-minute short film directed by Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg that quickly turned into a viral sensation and ultimately caught the attention of Hollywood. With a feature-length script and horror guru James Wan producing, Sandberg was given the opportunity to expand his original idea for the big screen, and we’ve got a brand new trailer that should give you plenty of things to consider the next time you turn off the lights.
And just in case this clip didn’t give you a good sense of what Lights Out is bringing to the table, here’s the official synopsis:
From New Line Cinema, the house that Freddy built, comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger… once the lights go out.
I was a pretty big fan of the original short film, and this certainly looks like it has a lot of potential. I’m concerned that Sandberg’s concept won’t quite have the legs to support itself for a full 90 minutes, but I’m hoping he’s got a few surprises up his sleeve.
Lights Out hits theaters on July 22.
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