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When the Lights Went Out (2012)

Poltergeists attack a family in Yorkshire during the 1974 nationwide blackouts.

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Pat Holden

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Pat Holden
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Ashfield ... Jenny
Steven Waddington ... Len
Craig Parkinson ... Brian
Andrea Lowe ... Rita
Tasha Connor ... Sally
Hannah Clifford Hannah Clifford ... Lucy
Gary Lewis ... Father Clifton
Martin Compston ... Mr. Price
Molly Windsor ... Pale Girl
Tony Pitts ... Hilary Barnes
Jo Hartley ... Jeanette
Ross Mullan ... Monk
Hester Evans Hester Evans ... Edna
Graham Hornsby Graham Hornsby ... Tony
Matt Connor Matt Connor ... Lute Player
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Yorkshire, 1974. Britain is in recession, the oil crisis and black outs loom large. The Maynard family move into their dream house, only to find a "presence" already living there. Len, Jenny and their daughter Sally must struggle to keep their already-fragile family together as they are attacked by poltergeists. Soon it becomes apparent that Sally is their main focus of attention. The house becomes a living nightmare. They must exorcise the evil spirits for them to survive. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

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Release Date:

14 September 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kada se Pogase Svetla See more »

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$1,181,929
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Written and directed by the original haunting family's nephew, Pat Holden. See more »

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The first time Sally goes to school she leaves the house with her hair in a pony tail, but when she's filmed inside the school bus her hair is down. See more »

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Rent the Amityville Horror or The Exorcist instead
10 November 2012 | by Tcarts76See all my reviews

"When the lights went out," is a supposedly true story of a haunting/ exorcism that takes place in England during 1974, and seems more like a reinterpretation of New England's haunting stories of the same era. Somehow the 70's were so bad and dull that even ghosts had to find more to do.

Good: The acting was fine, not great or memorable but fine. The story is a good one, even if over used by movies and the "true story" part is always somewhat of a draw. Although I question the trueness. Being set in the 1970's wasn't too bad and I think they hit the overall 70's feel and look pretty well. The whole haunting thing is always popular as well which always makes a film alluring to watch.

The Bad: Nothing new to see here, except it takes place in England instead of the eastern U.S. "When the lights went out," is another story, supposedly based on true story, that takes place in the 1970's, oddly like another true story in the 1970's "Amityville Horror" (1979) and contains a bit of demonic possession, much like another 1970's movie "The Exorcist"(1973). How many films to the makers of this one think we haven't seen or forgot. There was also very little to cause you to jump in your seat or really fill you with fright when you really do turn out the lights.

I give it a 6 out of 10. It was interesting to watch, they did well bringing the 70's era into it, and not to much to gripe about acting wise. The originalness of the story is questionable at best, and seems to be a combination of a few older movies that came out in the era it takes place. It wasn't nearly scary, and other than a few tiny parts, provided none of the "jump" effect a movie like this needs.

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