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When the Lights Went Out

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Set in West Yorkshire in 1974, this spooky tale of poltergeist activity makes nowt of its social and political setting: power cuts and the three-day week during the miners’ strike. It’s based on true events from 1968 that involved a teenage boy rather than a 12-year-old girl – but a shift forward allows for nostalgic ’70s set-dressing, while the gender switch prompts unflattering comparisons with ‘The Exorcist’.

Newcomer Tasha Connor makes an impression as lonely Sally, who becomes the focus of a ‘presence’ that flings her about the home she’s just moved into with her parents (Steven Waddington and Kate Ashfield). There are hints of a link to the legend of a disgraced monk, so local priest Father Clifton (Gary Lewis) is called in to exorcise the evil spirit. Writer-director Pat Holden (‘Awaydays’) distorts and embellishes the source material in uninteresting and un-frightening ways. A film that not even the formidable Gary Lewis can save is a scary thing indeed.

Written by Nigel Floyd

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 14 September 2012
  • Duration:86 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Pat Holden
  • Screenwriter:Pat Holden
  • Cast:
    • Kate Ashfield
    • Nicky Bell
    • Alan Brent
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