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Red Lights (2012)

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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
Michael Sidgwick
Madeleine Potter ...
Sarah Sidgwick
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


€14,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Toby Jones and Elizabeth Olsen have both appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr. Arnim Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) with Olsen appearing as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016). See more »


Silver reveals to the TV host he knew it was a spoon she was holding because its handle was sticking out from her pocket earlier, not because he is psychic. However, if he were blind he wouldn't have been able to have seen this.

SPOILER: This may be incorrectly regarded as a goof if it is a very early tell that he is not actually blind, a significant plot twist not otherwise revealed until the very end of the film. 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 »


Featured in CineMaverick TV: Episode #1.2 (2012) See more »

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Not impressed. Too hollow, self-conflicting, unfulfilled
21 September 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Unimpressed. I liked the theme that the movie was hinting towards in the beginning. Scientists evaluating and debunking pseudo-science and psychic phenomena. Reminded me of the Great James Randi. But within minutes, it was clear that even that aspects are mangled up. Some investigations are shown without the results/ explanations given in detail. The debunks are simplistic, and talk about some of the common/ popular psychic cons, but never in detail; I wonder if people would catch it unless they are already familiar with the cons via documentaries and other shows.

I was particularly irritated about how they administered the Astrology chart test devised by James Randi, and popularized via "Pen & Teller: Bulls**t" episode. Cilian Murphy's character administered the test, and then left the scene without explaining the point of the exercise, which is a shame.

I liked Sigourney Weaver's character in the beginning, but the character turned out to be so poorly threshed out; not a lot better than a caricature of a pseudo-science skeptic.

I understand a lot of people have problems with the movie's ending. I can understand the frustration. The climactic twist takes away from the central premise, it reminded me of 'The Reaping' in some way. And besides being incongruous to the main storyline, it further had the problem of being very poorly executed.

Overall, I'd rate it around 4 out of 10. Not great.

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