The Lighthouse is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers.

Official trailers

A24 on Monday, September 09, 2019 released the trailer:
The Lighthouse | Official Trailer 2 HD | A24.

Story intro

In the late 19th century, Ephraim Winslow is sent on a boat to serve a contract job as a wickie for four weeks on an isolated island off the coast of New England, under the supervision of an irritable elderly man named Thomas Wake. On the first day of the job, Winslow notices a hole in his cot. As he digs into it, he finds a small scrimshaw of a mermaid and stuffs it in his jacket. Winslow observes Wake going up to the lighthouse's lantern room at night and stripping naked. Winslow begins experiencing visions and dreams of tentacles in the lighthouse, tree stumps floating in the water, and distant images of a mermaid. Over the course of his stay, Wake demands Winslow allocate to the more taxing jobs - refueling the light, carrying heavy kerosene containers, and disposing of the two men's chamber pots. As the weeks progress, Winslow repeatedly encounters a one-eyed gull. Wake warns Winslow that it is bad luck to kill a gull, as he is superstitious that the animals are reincarnated sailors. The weeks continue, and Winslow masturbates to the figurine of the mermaid and continues to see Wake naked. One night at dinner, the two get to know each other and discuss Wake's previous second wickie, who Wake says died shortly after losing his sanity. Winslow reveals that he used to work in Canada as a timberman, but decided to change professions. The day before Winslow is slated to leave, he notices the water pump is releasing bloody water and investigates. He checks the cistern to see a dead gull floating inside. The one-eyed seagull flies down and attacks Winslow, who grabs it and beats it to death against the cistern. That afternoon, the winds dramatically change direction. That night, a storm hits the island and the two men get drunk. The next morning, the ferry does not arrive and Winslow sees a body washed up on the shore. Winslow approaches the naked body and realizes that it is a mermaid. He runs back into the cottage to find Wake stating that the rations were impacted by the storm. They dig up a crate said to contain extra rations, but it only contains more alcohol.


Willem Dafoe
Thomas Wake
Robert Pattinson
Ephraim Winslow
Valeriia Karaman


Principal photography began on April 9, 2018, and lasted a total of 34 days.

The film The Lighthouse was scheduled to be released on May 19, 2019 (Cannes), on October 5, 2019 (BFI London Film Festival), on October 18, 2019 (United States), on November 28, 2019 (Germany), on December 18, 2019 (France) and on January 31, 2020 (United Kingdom) by A24, Creative Programs, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI) and VVS Films.

The duration of the film is 110 minutes. With a budget of > $4 million, the film grossed over $10 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


The Lighthouse got high rating from critics.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: The Lighthouse

Wikipedia: The Lighthouse (2019 film)

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