The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
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Title: The Lighthouse

Original Title: The Lighthouse

Year: 2019


Release Dates

  • UK: January 31 2020
  • United States: October 18 2019


Filmed in black and white, this horror film transports us to a little island on the high seas of Maine, Nova Scotia, at the beginning of the 20th century. There, the only two main characters of this film, a veteran lighthouse keeper (Williem Dafoe, 'At Eternity's Gate') and his young assistant (Robert Pattinson, 'High Life'), will have to live together for four weeks. The tranquil state in which their lives appear to unfold changes forever when a supernatural event linked to one of the most well-known and infamous maritime myths hits the coast.

'The Lighthouse' is hailed as a feature film that examines the nuances of power and dominance in the relationship between its two characters, two men that little by little find themselves pushed to brutal behaviour balanced with rare moments of mutual understanding under the effects of alcohol. Meanwhile, the isolation in which they have to live generates a certain sexual tension underpinned by a morbid desire for death as the progressive spiral of secrets begins to weigh heavy on their consciences.

The film is directed by Robert Eggers ('The Witch'), an expert in psychological horror cinema, who will immerse the viewers in a perceptive and paranoid chaos in which the limit boundary the real world and the imaginary world is inevitably blurred.


  • 2020 Academy Awards (Oscars): 1 0
  • 2020 BAFTA Awards: 1 0



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'The Lighthouse' #2 trailer

November 8 2019

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Silences throughout the shoot

Both Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson have claimed that the film's conditions were so demanding that they barely spoke to each other during filming.

The accents

Dafoe's accent is the jargon of Atlantic fishermen and sailors of the time, while Pattinson's character's lines are based off a very specific Maine farming dialect.

Why Dafoe and Pattinson?

Pattinson and Dafoe reached out to Robert Eggers to work with them because they loved The Witch (2015). So when Eggers finished the script, it was always clear to him to cast them because he had been looking for a project to do with both. Before this movie, Eggers talked with Pattinson about other roles in films

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