I was a huge fan of Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried, a suspenseful indie that stuck viewers inside a coffin with Ryan Reynolds for an intense hour and a half. It was so good it’s hard to not be excited for Red Lights, his sophomore effort that stars A-listers Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, and Cillian Murphy, along with Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson, and Leonardo Sbaraglia,
Lights turns on a psychologist, played by Weaver, and her assistant whose study of paranormal activity leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic (De Niro).
A hi-res look at the first official teaser one sheet was finally put online with the tagline “Is anybody there?” I can’t help but think this will be a modern Flatliners…
After two and a half months of pre-production in Barcelona and Toronto, Buried director Rodrigo Cortés is officially back behind the camera with his psychological horror Red Lights. Toby Jones (The Rite, Harry Potter), Joely Richardson (Event Horizon, “Nip/Tick”) and Leonardo Sbaraglia round out the cast that includes Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, and Elizabeth Olsen.
As translated and cleaned up from the press release: In the film two paranormal fraud investigators, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson (Weaver) and her young assistant Tom Buckley (Murphy), study the diverse phenomena of metaphysics with the intention to demonstrate its fraudulent origin. Simon Silver (De Niro), a legendary psychic, perhaps the most famous gifted of all time, returns after thirty years of mysterious absence to become the world’s greatest challenger to orthodox science and professional skeptics. Tom begins to develop a dense obsession to silver, whose magnetism is enhanced dangerously with each new manifestation of inexplicable dark phenomena.
Inception star Cillian Murphy has joined another mind-bender as he will join Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro in Buried director Rodrigo Cortés’ Red Lights, which turns on a psychologist, played by Weaver, and her assistant whose study of paranormal activity leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic (De Niro). Cortes told us “I’m working on a script on a paranormal theme about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.” While Murphy is now known as the star of Batman Begins and Inception, he broke on the horror scene by starring in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Sunshine.
The title is derived from tiny Peacock, Neb., where Murphy’s character, a split personality, fools the town into believing his two alter egos are man and wife. Page plays a struggling young mother who holds the key to his past and sparks a battle between the personalities.
Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier. Soon the crew is fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.