Lights Out Trailer: From Super Creepy Short Film to Feature

Director Davdi F. Sandberg's short film Lights Out was scary enough to warrant a full feature length adaptation. Sandberg's original short, which we've embedded below, is impressively terrifying, managing to make you feel deep unease in under three minutes:

The new trailer for Sandberg's feature version, which debuted this weekend at WonderCon, retains all of the original, bite-size production's creepiness—just watch the first 15-seconds to see what we mean.

"Everyone is afraid of the dark…and that's what she feeds on." This line, spoken by Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) pretty well sums up Sandberg's film; a malevolent spirit, in the form of a woman, lurks in the shadows of the lives of our central characters. The boiler plate is 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.

Alongside Palmer are Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello. If the trailer's any indication, this feature will take what worked in the short and ratchet it up a few hundred degrees.

Lights Out opens in theaters on July 22. Check out the trailer below.


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