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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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Storyline

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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Set in 1974 and based on true events, When The Lights Went Out is the story of a down-to-earth Yorkshire family and the malevolent spirit who turns their existence upside down. See more »

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Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kada se Pogase Svetla See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,181,929
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Kintop Pictures See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the family in the film is the Maynards. The family the 'true' story is loosely based upon were called the Pritchards. See more »

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The film is set in 1974, yet Sally puts up a poster in her bedroom of a anime series "One Piece" which came out in 1997. See more »

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Version of Most Haunted: 30 East Drive - Part 1 (2015) See more »

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Annie's Song
Written by John Denver © 1974 (Renewed) Jesse Belle Denver (NS) and Cherry Lane Music Inc. (ASCAP)
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Administered by WB Music Group
Published by BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited / Chrysalis One Publishing UK Limited
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But the lights didn't really go out...
16 February 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

This movie turned out to be somewhat of a surprise - at least it was to me. What worked out so well in this movie was the mood that they managed to build up, because the story itself was fairly generic. The movie starts out slow, and then gradually builds up in intensity and thrills.

The story in "When the Lights Went Out" is about a small family back in the 1970's where the young daughter starts experiencing strange things happening in their home. These occurrences build up in intensity and eventually start to be physically threatening to the family and anyone entering the house.

If you are a regular to horror movies, and to ghost movies in particular, then you'll not really find anything new or overly innovating here in this movie. That being said, don't get it wrong, I am not saying that "When the Lights Went Out" is a bad movie, far from it, but it just doesn't really offer anything that haven't really been seen before.

As I mentioned above, then it is the mood of the movie that is the centerpiece for this movie, as the director managed to put together something dark and sinister, that slowly escalates and keeps you firmly in your seat. And the approach to the story as to who is actually haunting the family was quite nice - and no, I am not going to spoil anything for you here - just watch it for yourself.

If you enjoy a proper horror movie that involves ghosts and hauntings, then "When the Lights Went Out" is well worth a watch. Though, this is hardly the type of movie that you'll watch a second time around once you've seen it the first time.


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