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by Kirsty Hewson (subscribe)
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I don't know if it is the thrill of knowing this film is based on a house local to me, a house I have grown up near, or if it is purely a great horror film. What ever the reason, I would recommend 'When the Lights Went Out' to anyone looking for shivers in their sleep.

This is a film based on true events from the 70's. It was one of the most violent hauntings in European history. It all stems from the murder of 13 year old girls by a Monk, known around Pontefract (the town that accommodates the house) as 'The Black Monk'.

It is a film that is free from ridiculous gimmicks or fake looking scenes. One of the most scary factors about the film is how realistic it feels. It gives typical American horrors a run for their money and I cannot help but feel like they seem so animated in comparison. It gives you the chills you can expect from classic horrors such as 'The Shining'.

If I can have but one criticism, it would have to be listening to two burly Yorkshire men shouting exorcism chants from the bible in a thick Yorkshire accent. It is an accent not to be taken seriously. It is best complimented when heard in a comical tone or a friendly tone. We are not the serious type. I just could not help but snigger and cringe slightly at that scene. No wonder the poltergeist ignored them.

I would give the film 4.5/5, I am a fan.
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Why? A film about Europe's most violent haunting
When: Released September 14th
Where: Your local cinema
Cost: A regular movie ticket
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