When the Lights Went Out
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Prepare yourself for the ultimate horror experience. As you watch this film there is one inescapable fact that cannot be denied, one fact that will make your blood run cold, one fact that will leave you gasping for breath and unable to turn out the lights...everything you are about to see..really happened. 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, a truth that will make the historybooks. The house is already occupied by the most violent poltergeist ever… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film that not even the formidable Gary Lewis can save is a scary thing indeed."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Director Pat Holden delivers a few effective shocks but overcooks the climax."
‑ Marc Lee, Daily Telegraph
"Soon gives way to silliness, with the poltergeist fiddling with Sally's Buckeroo and Slinky toys."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"Nothing particularly surprising or exciting happens, and the straightness with which the subject is treated eventually means everything seizes up."
‑ Russell Lewin, SFX Magazine
"This British scary movie is preposterous and cheesy, if occasionally oddly enjoyable."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Aesthetically authentic and frightening in parts. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem all that different to what has come before it."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"Despite the fact that the scariest thing about this Yorkshire-brewed ghost story are the 70s fashions (avocado kitchen and rum and pep, anyone?), there is something quite charming about the creakiness of it all."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"[Draws] upon the effective, low-fi scares of Ghostwatch or The Stone Tapes for well-sustained tension."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Besides a couple of decent low-key jolts, hearsay and heroic art direction alone don't add up to t'Exorcist."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
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