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.
From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch.
★★★★ - Stuff
"The Lighthouse is a sensationally well made film. It will literally haunt you... but [it is] also such a thing of beauty it is possible to simply be happily absorbed watching it, wondering if there is a single frame of film that would be out of place, hanging on a gallery wall."
★★★★★ – The Guardian
"Very few films can make you scared and excited at the same time. Just like the lighthouse beam, this is dazzling and dangerous.”
“There is rare excitement in seeing these two actors butt heads and trade difficult, complex period dialogue with such mastery and flair. And the screenplay by Robert and Max Eggers is a delicious and often outrageous homage to maritime speech and sea-dog lore, saltier than an underwater sodium chloride factory.”
★★★★★ – Time Out
“It leaves you dazed, terrified and elated, and it signals Eggers as one of the most exciting directors working today.”
“A film that will make your head and soul ring”
★★★★ – Rolling Stone
“Two primal performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson carry Robert Eggers' second film to glory. Stunningly shot in black and white in the boxy format common in the silent era, The Lighthouse seeps into your bones with a power that won't let go.”
★★★★★ – Daily Mirror
★★★★★ – BBC.com
★★★★½ – Arizona Republic
★★★★ – London Evening Standard
★★★★ – New York Post
★★★★ – The Times (UK)