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Dark Skies

DARK-SKIES-Quad-Poster-535x401Director: Scott Stewart

Cast: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons, Dakota Goyo, Kaden Rockett

Cert: 15

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Another family-in-peril chiller from the producers of Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity, Dark Skies should disappear into the night as just one more also ran.  But, with Legion and Priest writer/director Scott Stewart punching above his normal weight class, the ambitious plot incorporates economic woes, parental anxiety, and a coming-of-age story into an effective alien abduction tale.  Low-key horror certainly, but one that spins familiar elements into something fresh.

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The full verdict: The producers of Dark Skies clearly abide by the Roger Corman school of filmmaking.  Namely, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it...

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When the Lights Went Out

WTLWO QUAD@50%_Artwork.inddDirector: Pat Holden

Cast: Kate Ashfield, Steven Waddington, Natasha Connor, Hannah Clifford, Martin Compston

Cert: 15

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2012

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The lowdown: England, 1974, and one Yorkshire family has more to worry about than the energy crisis, rising unemployment and Noel Edmonds hosting Top of the Pops. Their new council house home is host to a violent poltergeist known as “The Black Monk” and none of them are safe, particularly not the teenage daughter. This modest, but unnerving British horror, reportedly based on a true story, is a natural born chiller.

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The full verdict: We Brits are good at ghost stories, probably to do with a history written in blood and our dramatically bleak landscapes.

When The Lights Went Out is a solid addition to our ghostly gallery, drawing u...

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