GeraldLovesCinema247’s review published on Letterboxd:
My first reaction after seeing The Lighthouse can be summed up in five words: Holy Mother of Neptune's Balls! I'm at a loss of words when it comes to describing the glorious cinematic nightmare that is Robert Eggers' second feature. After reinvigorating the horror and indie crowd with The VVitch, Eggers has once again managed to deliver an experience that feels fresh and dare I say, "Original". Rarely, does a film like this come out where it reminds you of why you're studying filmmaking in the first place. Through first-class performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe along with some beautifully horrifying and fucked up imagery, Eggers craft an utterly flawless horror masterpiece that will no doubt crawl under your skin and seep into your very soul. I can't fully fanthom some of the crazy shit that occurs in this movie. Mermaid fantasies, Drunken dances, seagulls, and Willem Dafoe farting! This is truly cinema and my god, this feels so refreshing not just for the horror genre, but for modern filmmaking in general. Pattinson and Dafoe give the best performances I've personally seen all year long. The intensity that forms between their two characters and the way they deliver their monologues is very entertaining, yet psychologically suspenseful to watch. Both of them warrant a nomination. Much like The VVitch, Eggers authentically recaptures the time period of the story, visually and also in terms of the proper dialect. This truly feels like you're at sea with the atmosphere so perfectly captured by the camera. The cinematography is easily the best of the year so far, with so many shots reminding me of an Ingmar Bergman movie. The Lighthouse really does fit in with the silent black and white horror movies of yesteryear. Mark Koven's score is eerily masterful in all the right ways. Overall, The Lighthouse didn't disappoint at all. It's one that I'm going to watch at least 1000 times more.
My Rating: 10/10