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When The Lights Went Out [DVD]

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  • Actors: Kate Ashfield, Steven Waddington, Martin Compston, Tasha Connor, Gary Lewis
  • Directors: Pat Holden
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0097FLWNS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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EMBRACE THE TRUTH AND EXPERIENCE UNRIVALED TERROR...

Yorkshire, 1974, the Maynard family moves into their dream house. It's a dream that quickly descends into a panic stricken nightmare as the family discovers a horrifying truth that will make the history books. The house is already occupied by the most violent poltergeist ever documented, a poltergeist that will tear you from your bed as you sleep and drag you helplessly into the darkness.

As the attacks on the family become increasingly violent and terrifying, it becomes clear that the exorcism of the poltergeist will be their only chance for survival.

Based on true events that occurred at No. 30 East Drive on the Chesterfield Estate, Pontefract, West Yorkshire. The subject of a plethora of research group studies, books and newspaper reports, this is the horrifying story of what really happened.

'A tense, chilling and original homegrown borrow' (Zoo)

'A natural born chiller' (Sky Movies)

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I cant believe I only just saw this yesterday! I loved it so much! It's really well done and I was impressed that it was set in the 1970s I forgot in some parts it literally does look like something pulled off the shelf from that era. There weren't any modern slip ups in it, it literally looked as though it was set in that time it was flawless and amazing.
The movie is sort of suspenseful all the way through its pretty much a normal movie though it's not like most American found footage movies where you'll suddenly have a "Flippin heck!" moment! It's done very subtly so the activity is happening all the way throughout the movie. It starts out when the family move to the new house and their daughter, Sally is the first to discover the paranormal activity but her parents do not believe her at first then the spirit soon starts to make contact with both her parents and anybody whom enters the household!!!
There was a steady climb to the amount of cussing in the movie it started out clean or with a few subtle ones but then the F word and S word entered in a little more towards the end. I don't mind I just didn't think it was necessary. There aren't any scenes of nudity or anything like that so its pretty suitable anyone. Its not totally scary as I said its more a constant state of suspence which I enjoyed. I loved the ending just when you think your getting the cliché everythings okay now ending BANG it starts up again I LOVED THAT!!! :D I really enjoyed the movie and i'd recommend it to anyone. Its even good if your not fond of scary movies.
If you haven't already do check out the movie paranormal activity, believe the hype its awesome!
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Cracking ghost story but what impressed me most was the nice authentic1970's feel, from the browns and oranges of the clothes and décor to the blokes 'up the pub' with the 'missus' staying home sharing a bottle of Blue Nun.
Usually a depiction of the 70's is nothing more than a chopper bike and an old car stuck in the street, the whole feel of this chucked me right back to a time of three channels of black and white TV, flares and chewits.
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I took a bit of a gamble on this UK-made 'homegrown' horror, & have to say was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
Set in a rural Yorkshire town in 1974, it charts the allegedly true story of the Maynard family's terror when they move into their new home, & soon discover it's inhabited by poltergeists & things that literally go bump in the night - initially centered around their rather grumpy teenage daughter. The events become increasingly frequent & more violent, involving the whole family (& even visitors to the house), until the god-believing family finally call in a Catholic priest to perform an Exorcism. But have the 'ghosts' really gone....

What I really loved about this film was its incredible attention to period detail. Very often, it's easy to spot mistakes when a film is set in a certain era & doesn't get things quite right. But I'd give 10 out of 10 to the makers for their wonderful recreation of 1974 - which had me reminiscing all the way through to the era that style forgot! Right from the start, you feel you are in good hands, & that this is a film that will have care & attention lavished upon it. It's also written & directed by a family relative (Pat Holden), & he has done an excellent job here of bringing this story to the screen.

The performances are good too, & it was great to see a cameo by veteran actor Peter Egan. As for the story itself, I have no idea as to its validity. Not being a believer in the supernatural myself, I was rather sceptical about the whole set-up, especially that the family's experiences seemed to play out rather conveniently in the wake of the classic horror film 'The Exorcist', released theatrically the previous year.
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When the Lights Went Out is written and directed by Pat Holden. It stars Steven Waddington, Kate Ashfield, Natasha Connor, Craig Parkinson, Jo Hartley and Martin Compston. Film is based on alleged real life events that were recorded in Pontefract, England, in 1974. After the Pritchard family moved into their new house on the Chequerfield Estate, poltergeist activity reached such a level it has been called the most violent poltergeist haunting ever witnessed in Europe.

Director Holden, who made the criminally under valued Awaydays, helms his picture with genuine love and thought for the topic. Being related to the Pritchard family he had wanted to make the film for some time, it's a noble effort even though it never achieves all that it can.

There are two main problems that will ensure the film will stay rooted on the bottom shelves of DVD stockists and collectors. Problem one is that it is uncomfortable in mixing comedy with drama, something that practically kills a key scene in the last quarter. It's useful to understand that these Yorkshire folk are made of tough stuff, ready to offer a quip in the face of adversity, but it has to be pitched right and here it negates much of the pent-up terror.

The other key issue is that it's so stunning in its period design (this really deserves the highest praise for the makers), anyone from the 1970s is guaranteed to be spending much of the film pointing out things and reminiscing. I know I was! Garish wallpaper designs, toys like Slinky and Buckaroo, rum and pep and Babycham in the smoky pubs, The Sweet singing Little Willy and a hairy Noel Edmonds on Top of the Pops, these are just some of the things to make film fans who were reared in the 70s smile during this particular horror film!
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