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The Lighthouse (2019)

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Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

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Robert Eggers
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Pattinson ... Thomas Howard
Willem Dafoe ... Thomas Wake
Valeriia Karaman ... Mermaid
Logan Hawkes ... Ephraim Winslow
Kyla Nicolle Kyla Nicolle ... Woman on the Rocks
Shaun Clarke Shaun Clarke ... Departing Wickie
Pierre Richard Pierre Richard ... Departing Assistant Wickie
Preston Hudson Preston Hudson ... Tender Mate
Jeffrey Cruts Jeffrey Cruts ... Tender Mate (as Jeff Cruts)
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Storyline

As the wavering cry of the foghorn fills the air, the taciturn former lumberjack, Ephraim Winslow, and the grizzled lighthouse keeper, Thomas Wake, set foot in a secluded and perpetually grey islet off the coast of late-19th-century New England. For the following four weeks of back-breaking work and unfavourable conditions, the tight-lipped men will have no one else for company except for each other, forced to endure irritating idiosyncrasies, bottled-up resentment, and burgeoning hatred. Then, amid bad omens, a furious and unending squall maroons the pale beacon's keepers in the already inhospitable volcanic rock, paving the way for a prolonged period of feral hunger; excruciating agony; manic isolation, and horrible booze-addled visions. Now, the eerie stranglehold of insanity tightens. Is there an escape from the wall-less prison of the mind? Written by Nick Riganas

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The light has its mysteries. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence, disturbing images, and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$427,797, 20 October 2019

Gross USA:

$10,863,997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,579,803
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Mono | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Willem Dafoe's character gives the sea curse to Robert Pattinson's character because he doesn't like his cooked lobster was shot in one single take. According to director Robert Eggers, Dafoe didn't blink for over two minutes. See more »

Goofs

When Thomas and Ephraim are eating, Ephraim pumps himself a cup of water that turns out to be foul. Thomas explains that one of a "wickie's" first duties is to clean the cistern, a job he assigns to Ephraim. The water being filthy doesn't make sense, since the two have arrived to replace two other men who wouldn't be using a befouled cistern. See more »

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Thomas Wake: Ooh! Monkey pump!
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Soundtracks

Tis Brasswork
Based on the Poem: "Brasswork: The Light-Keepers Lament" by Frederic W. Morong, Jr.
Melody by Mark Korven
Performed by Willem Dafoe
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Nerve Wracking Plunge into Madness. Like Nothing I've Seen Before
20 October 2019 | by Joetampa90See all my reviews

Wow. Eggers follow up to The Witch knocks it out of the park. The Lighthouse is a masterful piece of art like nothing I've seen before. Following Defoe and Pattinson as they tend a Lighthouse. The film wastes no time turning into a disturbing submersion into insanity.

The Lighthouse is undoubtedly an unconventional and bizarre film. Giving the viewer nothing more than two men in one location. The movie manages to pull it off masterfully. Defoe's acting is really one of, if not the strongest aspects of The Lighthouse. His scary ramblings, his facial expressions, his level of commitment to the role are all second to none. I believe so far from what I've seen he deserves the oscar for what would be Best Supporting Actor. A24 recently said they will campaign Pattinson for best actor. Make no mistake, Pattinson absolutely kills it too. However for me, Defoe is the true tour de force performance.

Despite not having a conventional plot, their are some plot points and it's all this film needed to stay cohesive. The imagery in the film is very unsettling and surreal. The dialogue is expertly written and pungent. The score and the sound of The Lighthouse is another strong point, loudly ominous... it works perfectly. The cinematography is beautiful. Everything is firing on all cylinders and it creates one hell of a ride.

The Lighthouse is surely a one of a kind work and one of the best psychological horror films in recent memory. It falls just short of a 10/10 masterpiece for me due some pacing issues and certain events in the film feeling meaningless and repetitive. That being said, The Lighthouse is a true achievement in cinema and currently the best of 2019 for me. I can't wait to see it again. 9.5/10.


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