When the Lights Went Out
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When the Lights Went Out is a 2012 British supernatural horror film directed by Pat Holden. It was released in the UK on 13 September 2012. The film premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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In 1974, Jenny and Len move into a new home in Yorkshire where their 13-year-old daughter Sally is haunted by the ghost of a young girl, and the demonic ghost of a monk. Sally's parents seek out the assistance of a paranormal specialist and a local priest, who performs an exorcism that does not succeed in ending the hauntings.
- Kate Ashfield as Jenny Maynard
- Steven Waddington as Len Maynard
- Tasha Connor as Sally Maynard
- Craig Parkinson as Brian
- Jo Hartley as Jeanette
- Martin Compston as Mr. Price
- Andrea Lowe as Rita
- Gary Lewis as Father Clifton
According to the filmmakers, the story is "loosely" based on a claimed poltergeist haunting known as "The Black Monk of Pontefract", said to have occurred in the home of Joe and Jean Pritchard at 30 East Drive, Pontefract, West Yorkshire. According to Jean Pritchard's sister-in-law Renee Holden, alleged supernatural disturbances by a poltergeist given the nickname "Fred" included "throwing things around, freezing rooms down, creating water puddles and making noises". The Pritchards' daughter, Diane, was supposedly dragged upstairs by her neck. The incident was locally popular but "largely unknown elsewhere" until Colin Wilson wrote a book about it in 1981 that gained notoriety among paranormal aficionados. Director Pat Holden stated that he "embellished the story to make it fit it into a horror movie template".
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