Horror flick Lights Out launches first trailer – watch

A promising feature-length editorial debut for David F. Sandberg

Darkness-based horror movie Lights Out – a feature-length riff on an award-winning short by Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg – has launched its first trailer.

Due in cinemas in the summer, and featuring James Wan – whose other new movie The Conjuring 2 also launched a trailer this week – on production duties, the movie is a much-hyped directorial debut for Sandberg, and is being backed by cinematic big boys New Line Cinema.

The movie synopsis describes the film as follows:

“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.”

Watch the trailer via YouTube, below:

You can also watch the original short film in full via Vimeo, below:

Lights Out – Who’s There Film Challenge (2013) from David F. Sandberg on Vimeo.

Lights out arrives in UK cinemas on August 19, almost a month after the US release date of July 22.