Release Date: 26 October 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Maria bello, Gabriel Bateman
Swedish director David F. Sandberg has turned his simple but scary YouTube video into a feature (produced by The Conjuring‘s James Wan), and it’s a pretty impressive debut that doesn’t rely solely on the jump-scare premise of the viral short. There are shades of The Babadook in this tale of a depressed mother (Maria Bello), a frightened young boy (Gabriel Bateman), and a sinister black apparition that’s only visible in the darkness – and creeps closer whenever the lights are flicked on and off. The dysfunctional family dynamic adds depth to this brisk frightener, as does the intriguing backstory surrounding the entity’s existence. Bello and Teresa Palmer are solid as the estranged mother and daughter, and the suspense and shocks sustained throughout. One to watch with the lights on.