Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
I could see people clearing out of the theater the moment it looked like it was over. I was one of them - I couldn't wait to get out.
The main thing to know is that even though it's listed as "horror" (and in some listings sci-fi / fantasy) ... it's an art film. This means it's generally unconventional, experimental and geared at a niche audience. A lot of times such movies will capture critical praise but be unappealing to mass audiences.
That's what's going on with this movie. It's bizarre, psychological, atmospheric and if it happens to grab you - intense. Otherwise, it will be a massively disappointing. If you saw "The Witch", Egger's other key movie, you'll understand. People went in expecting a typical horror movie, but were instead given a slow, shakespearean-like drama with complex language and minimal, slow scares.
For me, the problem with this movie is that I didn't care about either of the characters. Neither seemed relatable or engaging. If anything, it was uncomfortable to watch them. The story seemed more about madness than anything spooky. If it had been a short film - it might have been palatable, but not in its current form.
Unless you liked "The Witch" or are into artsy / experimental movies, definitely be forewarned and eliminate your expectations. It could be a big letdown.
- Oct 25, 2019