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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
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, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sigourney Weaver have all 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) and Weaver having a role in The Defenders (2017). See more »


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[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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Written and composed by Ray Dorset
Performed by Juan Cook, Thomas Spain & Jonathan D. Mellor
© 1970 (renewed) by Ray Dorset. Associated Music International Ltd., Broadley Music (International)
2010 Master by Sony ATV Music Publishing (Spain) LLC, S. en C.
Under license from Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Spain) LLC S. en C.
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Spanish-US co-production about scientists who attempt to debunk fake healers
1 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant study paranormal activity named Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) , which leads them to investigate and unlock a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away. Margaret is a professional skeptic who bears a dark past . Then the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro , his wife, Grace Hightower, plays the African-American talk show host who interviews him) comes out of retirement after 30 years . Buckley remains determined to discredit the hugely popular and seemingly genuine Silver . Buckley enlists the aid of his star student, Sally (Elizabeth Olsen) . Together, they employ a dazzling array of high-tech tools to debunk the secrets of Silvers abilities .

This interesting film contains suspense , thrills , intrigue ,intense drama and plot twists . The picture succeeds because the thriller, tension , as well as a superbly written script delving into the human psyche in such extreme situation and dealing with the issue of swindlers , false physicians , and other fraudulent healers . The movie works on many levels , being constantly reconfigured and plenty of twists and turns . Despite its medium budget the picture manages to be intelligent, intriguing and thrilling . Good performance from Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Margaret Matheson as a world's foremost investigators of paranormal phenomena and her partner, Tom Buckley well played by Cillian Murphy . Fine support cast as Toby Jones as Paul Shackleton , Joely Richardson as Monica Hansen , Elizabeth Olsen as Sally Owen and Leonardo Sbaraglia as Palladino .

This theme about scientists who carry out activities to debunk dozens of fraudulent mind readers, ghost hunters, faith healers has been treated in other films such as Fairy tale (1998) and Photographing fairies (1997) , both of them filmed under different point of sight . ¨Red Lights¨ packs a thrilling and suspenseful musical score by Victor Reyes . Furthermore , a colorful and appropriate cinematography by Xavi Gimenez . This Spanish film starred by an American-all-star-cast and with international success was compellingly written , produced and directed by Rodrigo Cortes who previously made a hit titled ¨Buried¨ .

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