You might want to bring an extra pair of shorts with you. New Line Cinema was on hand at WonderCon 2016 in Los Angeles this past weekend. On Saturday, New Line appeared on a panel and revealed the trailer for their upcoming horror flick “Lights Out.” The film focuses on, and feeds off, people’s fear of the dark.
“Lights Out” is the directorial debut of David F. Sandberg, who directed the film based on a screenplay by Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5, ), based on Sandberg’s own short film. Sandberg, along with producers James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) and Lawrence Grey, spoke to the panel’s audience about what they can expect.
“I want to start off making the type of horror films I loved when I grew up as a kid,” producer Wan said. “What’s so great about the horror genre is you can really take chances. You can take chances and try things you can’t otherwise try.”
Producer Lawrence Grey agreed and added, “I think you’re going to see a new horror villain unlike any you’ve seen before, and above all something really, really scary.”
What is a sort of a twist in this film is that the individual who is seeing an imaginary person only when the lights are out is an adult, rather than the stereotypical child with an imaginary friend scenario. David F. Sandberg explains his directorial choice,
“I always figured it would be more scary if the parent has the invisible friend. It sort of started there, and then it turned into this whole story of dealing with your parents and family history.”
See for yourself in the trailer…
Official synopsis of Lights Out from New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Productions:
From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) 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.
The film stars Teresa Palmer (“Triple 9”) as Rebecca; Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle”) as Martin; Billy Burke (the “Twilight” franchise) as Martin’s father, Paul; Alexander DiPersia (“Forever”) as Rebecca’s boyfriend, Bret; and Maria Bello (“Prisoners”) as Sophie.
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