Lights Out parents guide

Lights Out

Who's afraid of the dark?

Overall B-

The nightmares of childhood come back to haunt a young woman (Teresa Palmer) when she discovers the demons of her past are still venturing out when it's dark and scaring a younger generation (Gabriel Bateman).

Release date July 22, 2016

Violence C-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use B+

Why is Lights Out rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Lights Out PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content.

Run Time: 81 minutes

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Lights Out
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Lights Out rated PG-13? Lights Out is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content.

Violence: A character is seen holding a gun to the head and pulls the trigger; the film cuts immediately at the sound of the shot. A character is distantly seen dead on the floor; it’s not clear if the body is dismembered or beaten, but it is obviously covered in blood. Characters, including a child, are dragged across floors, grabbed from the ceiling or thrown at walls by a mysterious entity. Characters repeatedly shoot a metaphysical being. A child places his trust in his mother, yet she is too mentally incompetent to properly protect him. Many scenes feature “jump” moments through the use of startling images and loud music cues.

Sexual Content: A male character asks if he can stay with a woman overnight: he lounges on her bed while she showers. She eventually asks him to leave and he complies. Embracing and kissing are seen.

Language: Infrequent profanities include scatological slang and other mild vulgar expressions. A term of Christian deity is used as an expletive.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A hookah pipe is briefly seen on a side table. Beer is in a fridge is shown.

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Lights Out
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Frightening Scenes.
Alberta 14A Frightening Scenes.
Manitoba 14A Frightening Scenes.
Ontario 14A Frightening Scenes, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+ Horror.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

News About "Lights Out"

Cast and Crew

Lights Out is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Lights Out movie is October 25, 2016. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Lights Out
Release Date: 25 October 2016
Lights Out release to home video with the following special features:
- Deleted Scenes

Related home video titles:

In The Others, a family with an aversion to light discovers they are not alone in the dark. Teresa Palmer can also be seen in The Choice and Maria Bello appears in McFarland, USA.