The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★½

An experienced Lighthouse keeper (Willem Defoe) is joined by a trainee 'wickie' (Robert Pattison) in director Robert Eggers powerful depiction of isolation in New England after a freak storm prevents them from leaving their remote outpost. Shot entirely on 35mm black and white to capture the feel of the late 1800s, and the fate of the keeper and his inexperienced colleague as they descend into alcohol-induced madness is superbly portrayed by Defoe and Pattison. A dark psychological horror at heart, The Lighthouse is a slow-burner and not for everyone, but it is also film of great impact for those who stay with it to the bitter end.