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The Lighthouse trailer sends Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson mad


Under the impression you'd had a bad day at work? Spare a thought for the tormented souls played by Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in creepy new psychological thriller The Lighthouse.

The first trailer has arrived for director Robert Eggers' latest chiller. It follows his acclaimed 2016 feature debut The Witch, a breakout horror story exploring supernatural menace and religious mania afflicting a 17th century Puritan family.

The Lighthouse takes place in the 19th century, exploring the steady fallout between lighthouse keepers Thomas Wake (Dafoe) and Ephraim Winslow (Pattinson). As the two men steadily descend into madness, things become increasingly hallucinatory and frightening – but how can they be sure of what's real?

Dafoe adds to his roster of confrontational and memorably twitchy performances in the likes of Antichrist and the recent At Eternity's Gate (in which he portrayed artist Vincent Van Gogh).

As for Pattinson – can we consider his brooding performance in this as a kind of dry run for his transformation into Batman? Judging from the trailer, we reckon so. (Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian raves "[Pattinson] just keeps getting better and better.")

Shot on 35MM black and white film off the rain-lashed coast of Nova Scotia, the movie is a gorgeous-looking homage to a bygone age of horror cinema. The movie utilises a boxy 1.19:1 aspect ratio, one favoured by the German Expressionist horror movement of the 1920s, which lends it a ghoulish and claustrophobic atmosphere.

Upon its debut at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, critics fell over themselves to laud Eggers' new movie. The movie stands at 98% on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, and is described thusly: "A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent."

The Lighthouse is currently awaiting a UK release date, so tweet us your thoughts on the trailer @Cineworld.