Based on an uber-creepy viral short, the James Wan-produced feature-length horror film Lights Out will hit theaters on July 22nd. And if the trailer is any indicator, you’ll never want to turn your lights out ever again.
If you’ve ever peeked around the internet looking for scary videos, it’s quite possible you’ve come across David F Sandberg‘s terrifying short film contest winner, “Lights Out.” And it’s quite possible it scared the crap out of you.
If you haven’t already seen the original 2013 short, you can watch it here:
Originally made in Sandbergs’ apartment in Sweden as a contest entry for a horror shorts film contest, and co-produced by and starring his wife, the scary “Lights Out” short quickly became a viral sensation, racking up over 11 million views as of the time of this writing. It wasn’t long before Hollywood came calling, in the form of The Conjuring director James Wan, his new production company Atomic Monster, and New Line Cinema, who together with Sandberg and screenwriter Eric Heisserer, turned the short into a full length feature.
The new film stars Maria Bello (Prisoners) along with Teresa Palmer (Triple 9), Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle) and Billy Burke (Twilight), and will be released in theaters July 22.
We caught the trailer’s debut at the Warner Brothers / New Line panel at WonderCon and it was obvious by watching it and from the crowd’s reaction that Warner Brothers is going to have another horror hit on its hands. Check out the official trailer for the feature length Lights Out:
What do you think? Will you be going to see Lights Out in theaters?