When the Lights Went Out

Synopsis: Yorkshire, 1974. Britain is in recession, the oil crisis and black outs loom large. The Maynard family move into their dream house, only to find a "presence" already living there. Len, Jenny and their daughter Sally must struggle to keep their already-fragile family together as they are attacked by poltergeists. Soon it becomes apparent that Sally is their main focus of attention. The house becomes a living nightmare. They must exorcise the evil spirits for them to survive.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Pat Holden
Production: Revolver Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

Sunny with her 'Doctors Orders'

went up nine places.

That's our Sally.

- She is soaked through, the poor thing.

- What are you doing out here?

Come, love.

Mum, I saw it.

A child's toy coming down the stairs

doesn't mean we've got a ghost.

It's late. We're all tired.


I believe you.

- She went mad.

- Did she?

She'll ask for you next time.

- Another bloody power cut?

- Would be nice to get some notice.

Next-door still got their lights on.

- You've got candles?

- I don't know where they are.

- Jesus, what was that?

- I'll give you one guess. Right, ma'am.

What do you all think you're doing?

You little sod!

- That was the ghost!

- My ass it is!

- I'm not staying in here.

- I'm gonna see if she's okay.

Get the torch.

Rita! Behind you!

What's going on?

Some welcome in here...

What's happening?

Look, it wouldn't be the first time

she would play tricks, would it?

- This was different.

- How?

It just was.

What about the lights?

- Switched off with the mains.

- The noises?

- Just a kids recording, that's all.

- The tap?

- It needs a new washer, love.

- And the grandfather clock?

- Did it fall?

- Or was it pushed?

- Hard to tell.

Look, it's obvious.

She doesn't want to be here, right?

It's just a form of protest.

- You don't believe me, do you?

- No, not at all.

- Where is mum?

- She is tired, she's still in bed.

- I'll take her tea up.

- I don't want her upset, love.

You don't mind if I am?

- What are you doing? Get off!

- It's all sticky.

- What is it?

- Nothing, sir.

Get on with it, then.

Look what I've found in the library.

It says old spirits chill down rooms,

throw stuff and turn lights off.

- You know what I think?

- What?

- There's a rational explanation for this.

- Yes, you've got a ghost.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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