Liam Neeson pulls the curtain back on After.Life

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Liam Neeson told SCI FI Wire that he makes his latest foray into the realm of SF&F/horror with After.Life. The Oscar-nominated actor stars in the horror-thriller along with Christina Ricci and Justin Long.

"We finished that before Christmas," Neeson said in an interview while promoting his upcoming action film, Taken. "It's not horrific. I'm a funeral director, and I'm preparing a body, which happens to be Christina Ricci's, and she opens her eyes. I tell her, 'You're dead.' She says, 'I'm not dead.' I say, 'You are dead.' So you're not sure if it's a kind of a supernatural thriller or if this guy is a mass murderer. That's basically it in a nutshell."

Neeson explained that After.Life isn't quite a two-hander between him and Ricci. Rather, Long plays a pivotal role as well, one that adds to the intrigue.

"He's a wonderful young actor," Neeson said of Long. "He plays Christina's boyfriend. He thinks she's maybe still alive. So there are three or four different genres in there." After.Life, co-written and directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, will be released on Oct. 23.