Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe join forces with The Witch director Robert Eggers in the trailer for the upcoming horror film, The Lighthouse. The horror genre has enjoyed a noticeable uptick in popularity over the last three years, with movies like IT and Get Out earning both strong reviews and big returns at the box office (and, in the latter's case, winning an Oscar to boot). Meanwhile, on the indie side of things, first-time filmmakers Ari Aster and Robert Eggers recently made a splash with their feature debuts on Hereditary and The Witch, respectively.
Aster's second film, Midsommar, hit theaters at the beginning of July and will be followed by Eggers' sophomore effort, The Lighthouse, this fall. The latter actually premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a couple months back and earned stellar reviews for its direction and rich sense of atmosphere, as well as the performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. A24 has now released an official trailer for the film, and confirmed that it will reach theaters just in time for this year's Halloween season.
The trailer for The Lighthouse dropped online this morning and revealed that A24 plans to release the film stateside in a couple months on October 18. You can check it out in the space below, followed by the movie's newly-unveiled poster.
Written by Eggers and his brother, Max, The Lighthouse revolves around a pair of lighthouse keepers (Pattinson and Dafoe) tasked with overseeing the lighthouse on a remote New England island in the 1890s. Thankfully, though, the movie's trailer avoids spoiling any story details beyond that and focuses more on capturing its nightmarish mood and hinting at the mystery around its characters (including, their eventual descent into madness). The Lighthouse was shot in 35 mm black and white film, which is why this footage looks and feels a lot like the preview for an actual black and white horror movie from the early part of the 20th century (in a good way, that is). Overall, this trailer does an excellent job of selling the film and leaves one wanting to know more about just what, exactly, is going on here anyway.
That being said, it will be interesting to see how The Lighthouse fares at the box office this fall. After all, The Witch was also a critical darling, but struggled to cross-over with mainstream audiences. The Lighthouse seems to have a lot in common with Eggers' freshman feature in terms of its style and themes, so it may have similarly limited commercial appeal. Fortunately, though, it doesn't need to break the bank to become a hit, and has a solid shot at succeeding as counter-programming to the bigger franchise releases in mid-October (namely, Zombieland: Double Tap and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil). Either way, it's good to know that horror buffs have something exciting like The Lighthouse to look forward to around Halloween.
- The Lighthouse (2019) release date: Oct 18, 2019