Watch: Lights Out producer Lawrence Grey on turning the terrifying short into a feature film

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Aug 15, 2016, 6:59 PM EDT (Updated)

It’s no easy task expanding a gimmicky (though terrifying!) short film into a feature-length horror pic, but the recent scare-fest Lights Out did one heck of a good job of bringing the fear. So, how’d they do it?

We chatted with producer Lawrence Grey about the project, which was inspired by the short film of the same name. David F. Sandberg created the short, and returned to direct the feature length version (his major directorial debut). The concept is brilliantly simple in its effectiveness: There’s an entity there, but you can only see it with the lights off. Grey said he watched the short film for the first time in a fully lit office, and it still creeped him out, and that’s when he knew they were onto something special.

We caught up with him to talk about the challenges of bringing a short film like this to the box office, and more specifically, how they managed to pull it off so successfully.

Check out the interview below and let us know what you think: