“Conjuring” Director Switches Off Lights
For David Sandberg’s 3 minute short to become an internet sensation all he had to do was tap into a very common fear – the fear of the dark. In the short, called Lights Out, a woman is terrorised by a creature which can only be seen in the dark.
Directed by Sandberg, the film quickly went viral, and eventually caught the eye of filmmaker James Wan.
Now a full length feature version of the short, also helmed by Sandberg is about to hit movie theatres. Wan is producing the title, which will be released by New Line Cinema on July 22.
Wan, of course, is no stranger to horror. The Malaysian born director is responsible for two Conjuring pics, the Insidious franchise and Saw.
It was fellow producer Lawrence Grey who first brought the short to Wan’s attention. The horror director met with Sandberg and a new terror feature was subsequently born.
Scripted by, Eric Heisserer, the story concerns Rebecca (Teresa Palmer), who leaves home harbouring childhood fears of the dark. As her young brother, Martin (Gabriel Bateman), exhibits the same fears, a series of increasingly creepy events points to Sophie (Maria Bello), their mother.
In many respects, James Wan has redefined the modern horror film – thanks to his ability to deliver real scares, brilliant storylines and strong characters. He knows how to scare the audience, and fully understands the ingredients of a captivating and intelligent terror tale. Check back for more info as we get closer to release.
Originally Posted: 6/15/16