Robert Eggers is a whirlwind of awesome influence. His film, The Witch was in my top 5 the year it came out and The Lighthouse is probably landing somewhere in my top 3 for this year. Each speaks volumes from a new voice in the genre and each comes with a barrage of hefty influences.
In a recent AMA on Reddit, Eggers pulled back the tarp on twenty-six of his favorite films and boy is it an all encompassing list. It’s easy to see where Eggers is pulling some of his ideas from, as well as how much of himself he is putting into them.
With films like Onibaba and Possession on the list it completely wins me over, the rest of the list just furthers the dudes great taste in cinema.
The Lighthouse follows two stranded lighthouse (William Dafoe, Robert Pattinson) keepers that begin to go through the throws of absolute madness. It is currently playing in theaters.
- Nosferatu, Murnau, 1922
- The Shining, Kubrick, 1980
- Possession, Żuławski, 1981
- Alien, Scott, 1979
- Psycho, Hitchcock, 1960
- The Innocents, Clayton, 1961
- The Piano Teacher, Haneke, 2001
- Cries & Whispers, Bergman, 1972
- The Tenant, Polanski, 1976
- Angst, Gerald Kargl, 1983
- Rosemary’s Baby, Polanski, 1968
- Onibaba, Kaneto Shindo, 1965
- Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Wiene, 1920
- The Devil, Żuławski, 1972
- Hour of the Wolf, Bergman, 1968
- Blue Velvet, Lynch, 1986
- Lost Highway, Lynch, 1997
- Mulholland Drive, Lynch, 2001
- Twentynine Palms, Bruno Dumont, 2003
- The Exorcist, Friedkin, 1973
- Don’t Look Now, Roeg, 1973
- The Birds, Hitchcock, 1963
- Fall of the House of Usher, Epstein, 1928
- Repulsion, Polanski, 1965
- The Hunger, Tony Scott, 1983
- Häxan, Benjamin Christensen, 1922
How many of these have you guys seen? Let us know in the comments section. Also, don’t miss The Lighthouse, it’s a must-see.
The full AMA can be found here: