Lights Out – David F Sandberg interview

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The Movie

From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark.

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind.  Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.  A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.

Teresa Palmer (“Triple 9,” “Warm Bodies”) stars as Rebecca; Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle”) as Martin; Billy Burke (the “Twilight” franchise) as Martin’s father, Paul; Alexander DiPersia (“Forever”) as Rebecca’s boyfriend, Bret; and Maria Bello (“Prisoners”) as Sophie.

“Lights Out” marks the feature film directorial debut of David F. Sandberg, from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer (“Final Destination 5”), based on Sandberg’s own short film of the same name.  James Wan, Lawrence Grey and Heisserer served as producers, with Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Richard Brener as executive producers.

Sandberg’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Marc Spicer (“Furious 7”); production designer Jennifer Spence (the “Insidious” films); editors Kirk Morri (“The Conjuring”) and Michel Aller (“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”); and costume designer Kristin M. Burke (“The Conjuring”).  The music is composed by Benjamin Wallfisch (“Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain”).

A New Line Cinema presentation of a Grey Matter/Atomic Monster production, “Lights Out” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The Director

DAVID F. SANDBERG (Director) was born in 1981 in Jönköping, Sweden and fell in love with film at a young age. In his late teens he worked in a video store, which allowed him to both delve more deeply into his passion and save up money to buy his first camcorder.  He began making short films and submitting them to festivals, and this eventually led him to intern at a local film center, Film i Jönköpings län.

Sandberg released his first short animated film, “För Barnen,” on YouTube in 2006, which was quickly followed by another animated short, “Vad Tyst Det Blev.”  This short went on to win several awards from the November Film Festival and, because of its success, led to job offers and to Sandberg starting his own company, making commercials and shorts for various clients.

In 2009, Sandberg moved to Gothenburg, Sweden and began collaborating with Claes Lundin of CL Film.  In 2011, they finished their animated documentary TV series “Earth Savers,” which aired in Sweden, Finland and Norway.  Other projects include “Ladyboy,” an experimental mix of animation and live action, and “Wallace,” a VFX-filled tale of a bullied boy whose drawings come to life.

In 2013, Sandberg realised he had slipped away from his original dream of making horror and sci-fi films and began to make short horror films in his apartment with his wife, Lotta Losten.

Sandberg is currently working on his next project, “Annabelle 2,” a sequel to 2014’s “Annabelle.” The film is slated for release in May 2017.


The Interview

In the interview, David covers the following topics:

1. The Origin of the story
2. The short film
3. The story
4. “Martin”
5. “Diana” and light and dark
6. Gabriel Bateman
7. Why the film will scare audiences



Lights Out opens in Ireland on Friday, August 19th 2016.