"Dark, Eerie and Unsettling"
What You Need To Know:
THE LIGHTHOUSE is directed by the same director as the occult horror movie THE WITCH, and the two movies follow a very similar style. The overall tone is very dark, eerie and unsettling. THE LIGHTHOUSE is packed full of immorality, extreme alcohol abuse, violence, perversion, and sin. There is a lot of cursing and inappropriate sexual content. Media-wise moviegoers will find THE LIGHTHOUSE abhorrent.
THE LIGHTHOUSE takes place on a tiny island outside of New England back in the 1890s. A young man named Ephraim Winslow has just began his new job as “second” working directly underneath Thomas Wake, who’s been the lighthouse keeper on this island for years. Initially, Winslow seems to be a straight shooter, refusing the offer of an alcoholic drink because it’s forbidden according to the handbook. However, when he tries to pump some water into his tin cup, the brown color and even worse taste makes it impossible to drink.
Ephraim wakes up every day and begins to perform his tasks, carrying coal across the island, shoveling into the furnace and keeping up with the maintenance around the lighthouse. Although he feels he’s working very hard, Thomas constantly nags him, telling him what a terrible job he’s doing. Thomas has been doing his own thing for years, and the way he behaves would make it seem he’s used to being alone. He holds the only key to the top of the lighthouse and makes it clear that Winslow is not permitted up there. Winslow takes the few moments that he has alone to fantasize about a mermaid that he imagines has washed up on the shore. He pictures them together and allows his mind to wander.
After one too many laborious dinners with Thomas, Winslow finally decides to agree to a drink. This begins a new relationship with the two co-workers. They start to spend all night drinking together, passing out in different places, only to wake up the next morning forced to continue the tough physical work. As their days go on together, information begins to unravel about Winslow, and he grows suspicious of Thomas.
Soon, a massive storm hits, and the relief that was meant to bring them supplies won’t get to them until the storm has passed. The two men make do by drinking some sort of fuel mixed with honey in order to continue their drinking binge and not lose their feeling of intoxication. However, as the storm continues, the line between realism and insanity begins to severely blur, leading these men down a dark road.
THE LIGHTHOUSE is directed by Robert Eggers, who previously wrote and directed THE WITCH, and the two movies share a very similar style. They both follow a very dark and eerie style, bordering on scary at times. There are many fantasy elements, the characters imagining scenarios, and viewers left to question what is real and what has been imagined. The sole two actors in this movie carry it with great strength and ease, delivering powerful performances. This style of storytelling doesn’t appeal to everyone and is very subjective when it comes to the quality.
Sadly, THE LIGHTHOUSE has an extremely high amount of immorality and inappropriate content throughout and is governed by a strong pagan worldview with occult references. There are many explicit sexual situations that are completely unnecessary, as well as a total abuse of alcohol throughout the entire movie. The characters are drunk almost the entire time and show a total lack of morality. The Winslow character uses “GD” over 15 times, and they are both shown urinating many times, as well as once vomiting from overuse of alcohol. There is also a substantial amount of violence, showing blood spatters, and a few scenes that can be very disturbing. THE LIGHTHOUSE is not uplifting in any way, with a complete lack of anything redemptive. Media-wise moviegoers will find THE LIGHTHOUSE abhorrent.