Lights Out – The YouTube Phenom That Became A Feature Film
James Wan is riding the crest of a wave right now. With the recent release of The Conjuring 2, the writer / director of hits such as Saw, Insidious and of course The Conjuring has established himself as the horror-maestro of his generation. With many more projects churning out in the near future, including Aquaman and a television pilot for a MacGyver reboot, you’d have to think time constraints would preclude such activities as surfing YouTube.
So what does one do when this towering Hollywood presence taps you on the shoulder and asks you to adapt a short film you made into a feature-length movie? If you’re David F. Sandberg you hop on board the Wan-train and enjoy a ride most film makers can only dream of.
Sandberg is the director of the short-film Lights Out (2013) which was entered into a British short-film competition. It didn’t win, but what it did do was resonate with viewers all over the world, and the film became a hit on Youtube, racking up millions of views. The film stars Sandberg’s wife, Lotta Losten, who has appeared in many of his short films. Losten also has a role in the new feature-length production.
With Wan producing and Sandberg directing, Lights Out is due for a mid-August general release. Sandberg has also begun work directing another Wan production, Annabelle 2, due for release next year.
So while you wait for the release of the feature film, how about taking two minutes to watch the original short. It truly is a terrifying couple of minutes, and shows just what can happen if you have the talent and are prepared to throw yourself out there………