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Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper (2016)

| Horror | 2017 (USA)
Marooned on a remote peninsula and haunted by frightening specters, a young man must confront the grotesque denizens of the night, or heed the Lighthouse Keeper's cryptic warning to, 'Always keep a light burning!'

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Benjamin Cooper

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Cast overview:
Vernon Wells ... Walsh
Matt O'Neill ... J.P.
Rachel Riley ... Nora
Monty Wall Monty Wall ... Captain
Carl Edge Carl Edge ... Bald Sailor
Erik Chavez Erik Chavez ... Bald Sailor
John Spencer File John Spencer File ... Bearded Sailor (as John Spencer)
S. Daxton Balzer S. Daxton Balzer ... Sad Sailor
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A castaway awakes on a beach with wounded forehead and sees a woman leaving the place. He takes his satchel and follows her. While climbing a cliff, he falls and faints. He wakes up with amnesia in a lighthouse and the keeper Walsh explains that they are isolated in a remote peninsula where nobody can leave. The only means of transportation to San Francisco is a ferry that will arrive two weeks later. Last but not the least, he warns that he shall always keep a light burning during the night. He goes to the woods in the morning and meets the woman again. He learns that her name is Nora and they fall in love with each other. When he returns to the lighthouse, Nora explains that Walsh is crazy and she cannot go there. During the night, the young man blows out the candle and sees spectral creatures. What are the secrets of Walsh, Nora and the lighthouse? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A picture of Edgar Allan Poe is on the desk when he searches through the pictures. See more »

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When J.P. is sawing the wood, you can see that there are no teeth on the saw blade. Also, the sound of the saw cutting is not in sync with the motion. It is an obvious and significant discrepancy. See more »

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The secret of the lighthouse
5 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love Edgar Allan Poe, from reading his timeless stories and the Roger Corman and Vincent Price films where the best of them were creepy and entertaining. Based on an unfinished short story, 'Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper' intrigued me with a great concept and the reviews here were nowhere near as bad as feared.

Especially when the rating was very low, which from personal experience recently has not been a good sign. Most of my recent low-budget viewings with low rating and mediocre to terrible reviews have been as bad and in some cases even worse. But I went with my gut instinct and saw 'Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper' anyway because it did seem like it would be one of my better recent low-budget viewings. And it actually was, not perfect and the potential is not completely lived up to but in no way is it wasted.

Starting with the good things, Vernon Wells is great and generally the main performers were better than average. The music is both quirky and ominous and the direction when the film gets going is assured. 'Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper' wisely plays it straight with a little tongue-in-cheek going on and appreciated and admired the more ambitious storytelling when the action properly kicked in.

The characters were not as annoying as feared and don't make as many frustrating and illogical decision making like some films seen recently did (this is always also including bigger budget films that were box office successes if variable critically). Parts are creepy and there is are a few fun set pieces. The threat actually has personality and generated creepiness.

Low budget however does show, the film did need a grander and more elaborate setting while the photography can be too claustrophobic and the effect ropy at best. The dialogue has a lot of cheese and awkwardness and the secondary cast are wooden and some of the chemistry bland.

As said, 'Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper' can drag and the first third is really uneventful and makes one want to bail. Then there is the ending which is rushed and on the wrong side of silly.

Overall, better than expected though very flawed still. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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