The superb second feature from writer-director Robert Eggers (The Witch) is as ominous as an approaching storm at sea.
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson – as a salty old sea dog and lumberjack-turned-lighthouse-keeper, respectively – anchor this tense two-hander. Stationed on a barren crag of rock off the New England coast in 1890, the relationship between the men is fractious from the start and devolves as isolation and alcoholism take a toll, and primal instincts surface. Visually stunning and saturated with maritime mythology, this monochrome arthouse horror utilises a claustrophobic screen ratio and cacophonous sound design to keep the viewer on edge. It’s a masterfully executed exercise in escalating dread, and highly recommended for those with an appreciation for the art of filmmaking and powerhouse performances.
Release Date: May 6, 2020
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
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