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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Grim Up North, 24 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: When The Lights Went Out [DVD] (DVD)
!!!. WARNING. THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. !!!

When Len and Jenny Maynard move to a new council house, they consider it to be the home of their dreams. Their only child, daughter Sally isn't quite so sure especially when things start to go bump in the night. After initially blaming their troubled daughter for the mysterious happenings, Len and Jenny soon realsie that their are old, dark and very malevolant forces at work, forces that threaten the life of Sally.....
I really can't fault this excellent British ghost story, based on the haunting of the Pritchard family in the 1970's in Pontefract. Full of excellent performances, Steven Waddington and Kate Ashfield believable as the concerned parents, debutant Tasha Connor even better as fragile Sally, a great period feel and above all, plenty of decent scares to be had.
Especially good is how the dark past insiduously creeps into the present, gradually taking control of Sally, and all the while the parents are for the most part unawares.
If there is such a thing as 'Kitchen sink horror' then 'When The Lights Went Out' has had a great try at becoming it. Even a slightly out of place, CGI laden ending can't negate the understated excellence of what came before it. Highly recommended. 5 out of 5. Plenty of interesting extras on the disc too.
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