It's an unsettling, haunting decent into madness that takes hold of you. It strands you on the island with these two, and puts you through the same emotional ringer. You laugh at their drunkenness, suffer through their work, and questions everything as their reality slips away.
This entire film is carried by the powerhouse performances of Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. In the hands of weaker actors, their characters would come off as stereotypes. Instead, we get two multi-layered individuals; each with a world of secrets behind their eyes.
This grim tale from the past is as hypnotic as it is uncomfortable. It's far from a typical "horror" film, but you won't forget it. Another winner from The Witch director Robert Eggers. The Lighthouse is a Good.
The Lighthouse plays tonight at the Paramount, and is presented by Drunk in a Graveyard and Kamloops Film Society. Check here for tickets.