A24 and Robert Eggers’ horror-fantasy film, The Lighthouse, is set to open on October 18, 2019 in the US and today we have a haunting new trailer!
Willem Defoe (Shadow of the Vampire) and Robert Pattinson (Good Time) star in the film which tells the story of two lighthouse keepers off the coast of Maine who slowly slip into madness together.
The new trailer brings that madness to the foreground in all its haunting glory. Its monochromatic color palette–the film was shot on black and white 35 mm film–serves this journey beautifully.
Moreover, the two seem to play off each other well from what we see here. Defoe is adept at this type of character and Pattinson has proven himself in recent years to be a highly talented actor who is capable of slipping into a role and making it his own.
What really strikes me about the trailer, however, are the sound and visuals.
The alarming wail that sounds throughout creeps into the brain like the air-raid sirens from Silent Hill while A.L. Boyd’s recording of the captain-chantey “Doodle Let Me Go” dances both men to the brink of insanity.
Meanwhile, Eggers used the black and white filming to its fullest glory creating shadows dark enough to hide any number of horrors that slowly close in on the men.
The director, who co-wrote the script with his brother Max Eggers, shook the horror world with his debate-worthy film, The VVitch, in 2015, and there’s little doubt that The Lighthouse will stir up the same type of discussion.
Check out that trailer and let us know what you think!