Blu-ray Review: "Lights Out"

Lights Out suffers from being a one trick pony in that the same type of scare happens over and over again: someone turns out the lights and the ghost shows up. It's redemption comes from a chilling back story and good performances from Maria Bello and Gabriel Bateman in particular. A small budget limits the use of CGI and keeps the visuals on a practical level while relying on atmosphere to establish a sense of fear.

When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) left home, she thought that her childhood fears were behind her. As a young girl growing up, she was never really sure of what was real when the lights went out at night. Now, her little brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that jeopardized her safety and sanity. Holding a mysterious attachment to their mother (Maria Bello), a supernatural entity has returned with a vengeance to torment the entire family in "Lights Out".

"Lights Out" is rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content. There is also some profanity. The only real drug content I can remember are scenes of a bong and a few bottles of prescription drugs.

The only special feature on either the Blu-ray or DVD is deleted scenes.

"Lights Out" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.