Lights Out (Blu-ray release 2016-10-25) is a very competent jump-scare horror movie made by a first-time director.  The simple plot involves an evil being, who is powerful in the dark but fears light, haunting a sister and her little brother.  Yet the possibly crazy mother considers that evil thing as a friend.

This movie succeeds because its pacing is good, it incorporates the unique implications of light and darkness to create effective scares, as well as nice ideas about using a smartphone and a certain remote control to survive.  I also love that it has a complete closure – not even a slight hint of remaining evil at the end.  Most importantly, the major characters do not do stupid things.

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