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Lighthouse Keeper (2016) Review

by Yo Adrian on November 27th, 2019 | | , , , ,

Lighthouse Keeper was directed by Benjamin Cooper (who also directed The Brink) and stars Vernon Wells (from The Horde and Silent Night, Zombie Night), Matt O’Neill (from Hide) and Rachel Riley (from 8213: Gacy House). It’s about a guy marooned on a remote peninsula with nothing but an old lighthouse keeper, a sexy hermitess and some salty ghosts to keep him company.

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Lighthouse Keeper Review

Lighthouse Keeper is based off Edgar Allan Poe’s last story he was working on before he died back in 1849 called The Lighthouse. It’s kinda crazy because this last work of Poe’s was only two pages long. Historians can only speculate whether he died before getting to the third page or if it was supposed to be a short story. The plot was about an old lighthouse keeper and his experiences with solitude and paranoia.

The movie thankfully expanded on Poe’s napkin notes and fleshed out the story with more characters, purpose and plot twists.

The first thing you’ll notice if you sit down to watch this one is that it has a seriously Made for TV vibe. The CGI is super low budget, as are the practical effects. But don’t let that sway you, once you get past this you’ll be in for a surprisingly good show. The casting, acting, pacing score and suspense are all top tier.

The movie starts off with a guy fighting a violent storm on the open sea in a row boat. He wakes up the next morning to find himself crashed onto a desolate beach with a bad case of amnesia. The only people around to help him are an old man who maintains the lighthouse and a mysterious woman who lives in the woods. He stays with the man in the lighthouse and kills time by helping out while he waits for the next ferry to come by, in two weeks. As time goes by he starts to learn that the lighthouse is a very dangerous place to be, that the old man is not who he seems and that the mysterious woman is probably a ghost, but not really.

I went into this thinking it was just going to be a casual watch but ended up being glued to the screen the entire time. I wouldn’t call it a “horror” movie really, it’s suspenseful at best, but it’s a fun flick if you’re looking for something more intriguing than scary.

Worth Watching?

I think so, if you’re in the mood for a PG-13 style mind-bending murder mystery with a side of supernatural romance.


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