The Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse

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Genre: Horror
Directed By: Robert Eggers
Written By: Robert Eggers
Max Eggers
Starring: Willem Dafoe
Robert Pattinson
Photography: Jarin Blaschke
Distributed By: A24 (United States)
VVS Films (Canada)
Focus Features/Universal Pictures (International)
Release Date: May 19, 2019 (Cannes)
October 18, 2019 (United States)
Runtime: 109 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: N/A

The Lighthouse is a 2019 black-and-white psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers and written by him and Max Eggers. It stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. The film chronicles the story of two lighthouse keepers as they are faced with solitude, but start to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.


Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living in isolation on a remote island off the coast of Maine.

Why It Rocks

  1. The film's beautiful black-and-white cinematography gives a ton of nostalgia to classic films such as Psycho.
  2. Much like other films distributed by A24, it has a unique and well-written story and plot.
  3. Robert Pattinson's performance has drastically improved in this movie, ever since critical flops such as Twilight. Willem Dafoe's performance is amazing too. In fact, their performances are probably one of the best of 2019.
  4. It slowly and gradually builds up in tension and suspense throughout, just like a typical psychological horror.
  5. The writing and directing by Robert Eggers are absolutely brilliant.
  6. It's able to use strikingly unsettling visuals, eerie sound design, and dark humor to create an unforgettable experience.
  7. Just like Eggers' other film, The Witch, it takes place in the past and is able to give off good vibes of that time.
  8. The comedy doesn't ruin the tension at all, unlike It Chapter Two.


On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92% based on 273 reviews, with an average rating of 8.17/10. The site's critics' consensus reads: "A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100 based on 45 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".