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Red Lights (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  2 March 2012 (Spain)
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Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Shackleton
Monica Hansen
Leonard Palladino
Howard McColm
Benedict Cohen
Jim Carroll
Nathan Osgood ...
Michael Sidgwick
Madeleine Potter ...
Sarah Sidgwick
Eloise Webb ...
Susan Sidgwick


The skeptical psychologist Dr. Margaret Matheson and her assistant, physicist Tom Buckley, are specialists in disclosing fraudulent paranormal phenomena. When the famous psychic Simon Silver reappears to his public after many years of absence, Tom becomes singularly obsessed in determining whether Silver is a fraud or not. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 March 2012 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Red Lights  »

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€14,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr.Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) makes a comment in the movie about Leonard Pallodino being from Argentina when in real life he is played by Argentinian Leonardo Sbaraglia. See more »


At the beginning of the movie you hear a car driving with the gears changing on a manual transmission. However, when the car appears, it is a car that was never manufactured with a manual transmission. The car zooms down the road in the same scene with, again, the wrong automobile sounds. See more »


[first lines]
Tom Buckley: Margaret. Margaret. Margaret.
Margaret Matheson: [waking] Yes?
Tom Buckley: You should get some sleep.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the ending credits, the film's title flickers in a similar manner to the way light bulbs behave in the presence of psychic activity throughout the film. See more »


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An intelligent mystery
21 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect from the trailers. Gore and horror aren't my thing, unless it's done well, and so few are these days. However, I was pleasantly surprised. This has less to do with the supernatural and more to do with belief systems in a modern world.

The story focuses upon two scientist professors that fill in the time between classes by investigating and exposing psychic frauds, be they petulant schoolgirls or venal evangelists. So when Murphy presses to investigate a famous mystic, why is Weaver so reluctant to agree? Is De Niro gifted with extraordinary powers, or a clever con artist? The atmosphere becomes more menacing and oppressive as the film progresses, leaving me wondering whether Murphy was becoming paranoid, or whether De Niro really was targeting him. The end, though not exactly the Sixth Sense ending some are proclaiming, was certainly unexpected.

Great acting from the leads, as you would expect. Great dialogue. Not much in the way of action, nor thankfully schlock horror, but the tension mounted throughout the film. A clever and satisfying film.

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