Sometimes less is more.
Watching Paranormal Activity for the first time was one of my most memorable moviegoing experiences.
Midnight. Home alone, laughing at the idea of being scared by a story on a screen.
I killed the lights and hit play and an hour and a half later, every light in the house was on as I cowered beneath a blanket listening to feel-good music praying nothing would snatch me from my bed.
Director David Sandberg’s Lights Out may put you in a similarly catatonic state – and it will do so in less than three minutes.
In its own way, Sandberg’s short film demonstrates the truth Ebert articulates in his review of Paranormal Activity: “that silence and waiting can be more entertaining than frantic fast-cutting and berserk f/x”.
Go ahead and give it a watch… With the “Lights Out” if you dare.
…Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Michael Koehler, with
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