MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 9,065 this week

Lighthouse (1999)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  17 July 2002 (UK)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 983 users  
Reviews: 48 user | 23 critic

A prison ship on its way to a remote island prison runs aground on rocks and sinks. Mixed survivors of cons and prison guards struggle ashore, only to discover to their horror that another ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (story)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 118 titles
created 16 Apr 2012
 
a list of 2557 titles
created 06 Dec 2012
 
a list of 264 titles
created 26 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 31 May 2013
 
a list of 2333 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Lighthouse" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lighthouse (1999)

Lighthouse (1999) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lighthouse.
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

The sexual rivalries between a group of friends cause comic chaos during a stag night celebration.

Director: Rami Dvir
Stars: Adrian Dunbar, James Purefoy, Tony Slattery
To the Lighthouse (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A faithful dramatization of Virginia Woolf's novel. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Gregg
Stars: Rosemary Harris, Michael Gough, Suzanne Bertish
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

28th century soldier Mitch Hunter leads a fight against an army of underworld Mutants.

Director: Simon Hunter
Stars: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki
Diamonds (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Complex tale about small and big players in the African diamond business wrapped around a murder of US senator's daughter.

Director: Andy Wilson
Stars: James Purefoy, Judy Davis, Derek Jacobi
Edie (2014)
Drama
Director: Simon Hunter
Drama | Thriller

In 1972 two men and two women fell to the bottom of the old lighthouse. Carrie, Trip, Nick, Kevin, Samantha,Derek, and Jessica have decided to go on a camping trip culminating at the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Glover
Stars: Kurt Angle, Byron Cherry, Shane Hartline
Photo Finish (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Douglas McFerran
Stars: Colette Brown, Aidan Gillen, Georgina Hale
Jilting Joe (1998)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Joe and Olivia are childhood sweethearts, about to embark on their wedding day. But, the so-called happiest day of their lives is over faster than they anticipated. Olivia doesn't quite ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Zeff
Stars: Geraldine Somerville, James Purefoy, Patricia Hodge
Metropolis (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: Alexi Kaye Campbell, Louise Lombard, Christian Simpson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Polly Steele
Stars: Valentina Cervi, James Purefoy, Ciarán McMenamin
Lighthouse (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
Director: Paul Tucker
Stars: Deborah Wakeham, Ryan Michael, Stephen E. Miller
Wired (1997)
Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Simon Hunter
Stars: Christopher Dunne
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Richard Spader
...
Dr. Kirsty McCloud
...
...
Captain Campbell
...
Prison Officer Ian Goslet
...
Chief Prison Officer O'Neil (as Chris Dunne)
Bob Goody ...
Weevil
...
Spoons
Peter McCabe ...
Prison Officer Hopkins
...
Brownlow
Howard Attfield ...
Sykes
Jason Round ...
Spitfield
Stuart Callaghan ...
Ship's Mate
Yolande Davis ...
Young Prison Officer
Sarah Wateridge ...
McCloud's Mother
Edit

Storyline

A prison ship on its way to a remote island prison runs aground on rocks and sinks. Mixed survivors of cons and prison guards struggle ashore, only to discover to their horror that another survivor has made it ashore before them. Murderous psychotic, Leo Rook, who not only had a hand in the ship's sinking but has decapitated all but one of the island's lighthouse crew. Stranded, with no means of escape or call for help, the survivors must face a night of terror as they know that since they've learned that Leo survived going down with the ship he can't let any of them live and is hellbent on adding their severed heads to his collection. Written by suspicouscrabsaccount

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Evil lurks in the light. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence/gore and some language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 July 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dead of Night  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The lighthouse is identified in a framed cross-section as "Gehenna Lighthouse." According to Wikipedia, Gehenna is the special section of Hades reserved for wicked persons. In the New Testament, it was a place where children were sacrificed by fire. See more »

Quotes

Chief Prison Officer O'Neil: I'm in charge here!
Dr. Kirsty McCloud: No you're not he...
[Leo Rook appears]
Dr. Kirsty McCloud: -is!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Suffers from familiarity and over exuberance from its director, but still a solid sub-genre entry.
25 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lighthouse (AKA: Dead of Night) is directed by Simon Hunter and written by Graeme Scarfe. It stars James Purefoy, Rachel Shelley, Christopher Adamson, Don Warrington & Paul Brooke. The plot sees a prison ship on its way to the remote Marshelsea Island Prison run aground and sunk. The survivors, a mixture of cons and prison staff, struggle ashore a tiny island that's only function is to house a lighthouse. Thanking their lucky stars for surviving the wreck it's not long before they realise their luck has quickly run out. For psychotic serial killer Leo Rook has made it ashore before them and he has no intention of letting any of them survive the night.

Funded by Arts Council money, Hunter's movie took some time to make it on to the screen. What began in 1994 ended with a video release in the US (as Dead of Night) in 2000 and then two years later it got a limited theatrical release in the UK. As a slasher movie, and a generic one at that, Lighthouse doesn't veer from the norm. However, it's still a very tidy effort that gains the maximum impact from its truly eerie setting. This dark and rocky little island that is intermittently lit by the Lighthouse is perfect for stalk and slash shenanigans. And so it proves. Yes the characters are too one note and not given the best of dialogue to churn out, but for its look and nicely handled set pieces the film ends up better than average.

The cast, in spite of said bad dialogue, are more than adequate, particularly the game Shelley and the enjoyable Brooke. However, it's Adamson as nut-case Rook that leaves the best impression. As a killer Rook is really just a British version of Jason Vorhees or Michael Myers, but with his calm unflustered movements about the island, resplendent in bizarre white shoes, Rook manages to terrify and intrigue in equal measure. Why he is the way he is is not known, but this adds to the air of mystery that surrounds the man who likes to collect heads for decoration purposes! Of the set pieces, the finale is noisily OTT but works well, even if Hunter's use of slow-mo smacks of pointless pretencions. But it's with the quiet tension filled scenes where Lighthouse earns its spurs, one in the bathroom is as good as it gets for this type of film, while another involving a lifeboat down on the sand is also hold your breath enjoyable. Shot by Tony Imi on location in Cornwall & Hastings, the film is also visually appealing for those who like a grainy noir like sheen to their horror. With Hunter clearly in that frame of mind judging by his nice usage of the off kilter shot. While Debbie Wiseman's surging score has a very 50s feel to it.

It's safe to say that anyone looking for something new in this now tired of horror sub-genres will be disappointed. But the look, the feel, the setting and no shortage of the claret; more than makes up for its adherence to genre staples. 6.5/10


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Truly A Psychopathic Experience prasoont
Which lighthouse used for filming? Carlo Houtkamp
Simon Hunter's class on VFX in London rory-885-506496
Discuss Lighthouse (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?