Video Interviews

Robert Pattinson and Director Robert Eggers Go Deep on the WTF Weirdness of The Lighthouse

Working with rubber chickens, brawling with Willem Dafoe, bending the definition of horror: The actor and filmmaker are shining light on making their new indie hit.

by | October 24, 2019 | Comments

Robert Eggers became one of the most talked-about new directors of recent times when his The Witch premiered at Sundance in 2015 and went on to become an indie hit and one of the defining films of the new wave of “elevated horror.” Rumors swirled that he would follow the 17th-century horror tale with a reimagining of Nosferatu, but he instead began work on a mysterious story about two men trapped in a battle of wills – and of disintegrating minds – set in a lighthouse off the coast of New England. That film, The Lighthouse, stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as the 19th-century “wickies,” or lighthouse keepers, who find themselves trapped in the titular structure when a mammoth storm hits; released in limited theaters last week, it’s been drumming up big box office receipts and even bigger questions from audiences who’ve seen it. Questions like: What the f–k was that? As the mind-bending, critically acclaimed flick expands into hundreds of theaters across the country, Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Joel Meares sat down with Eggers and Pattinson for an exclusive extended interview about The Lighthouse in which the director and actor talk about getting really weird, grabbing co-stars’ dicks, working with gulls, and stretching the idea of genre to its limits.

#1

The Lighthouse (2019)
90%

#1
Adjusted Score: 109908%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.


Tag Cloud

San Diego Comic-Con japanese blaxploitation BET Awards festivals hidden camera Mary Poppins Returns First Look worst 2021 Hallmark Christmas movies ABC GIFs ratings directors FX Warner Bros. war TV renewals TV movies action-comedy italian Stephen King olympics A&E Creative Arts Emmys cooking comic The Walt Disney Company boxing richard e. Grant Emmys Awards marvel comics SundanceTV Cosplay spinoff finale video critic resources 2018 CMT pirates of the caribbean screen actors guild Epix Hear Us Out golden globes saw crime drama Star Trek nbcuniversal 99% travel laika Animation know your critic scary movies video on demand SXSW politics TLC target Chilling Adventures of Sabrina discovery Grammys heist movie ViacomCBS 2019 Watching Series medical drama dceu australia Bravo award winner USA indie Ellie Kemper Vudu Netflix Box Office police drama 21st Century Fox PaleyFest Film Shondaland supernatural 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Crunchyroll ghosts hispanic hispanic heritage month latino sports toronto Peacock Mudbound Mary poppins royal family Reality Heroines Turner Classic Movies Polls and Games Chernobyl Legendary cancelled television 1990s BBC One Photos Apple TV+ Shudder Amazon TBS Comic Book halloween tv Comic-Con@Home 2021 telelvision 72 Emmy Awards slashers Marathons stoner 2015 zombies series Year in Review posters lord of the rings Writers Guild of America Superheroes Oscars justice league WarnerMedia kids Crackle comic book movies sitcom Endgame CNN E3 FXX Winter TV Trivia a nightmare on elm street Acorn TV nfl best new zealand Valentine's Day robots canceled TV shows Spring TV movies Adult Swim high school YouTube Red universal monsters films Comedy Central new star wars movies WGN dc satire dexter Western free movies true crime dragons Lucasfilm Black Mirror Marvel Studios Netflix Christmas movies serial killer romance BAFTA scorecard MTV cancelled VOD trailers FOX book Syfy Winners christmas movies BET boxoffice Interview cars james bond spider-man kong Teen popular 73rd Emmy Awards Reality Competition disaster Universal docudrama Apple TV Plus ABC Family comic book movie Paramount Lifetime Drama marvel cinematic universe RT21 dogs zombie Podcast romantic comedy The Witch rotten movies we love GoT Masterpiece live action jurassic park fast and furious period drama MCU CW Seed National Geographic television Fantasy The Arrangement YA documentaries APB The Purge Tarantino parents Best and Worst Ghostbusters superman Countdown zero dark thirty science fiction Pride Month singing competition unscripted adventure diversity DC streaming service 4/20 Women's History Month TV 45 slasher Classic Film Mystery American Society of Cinematographers stop motion vampires football TCA Winter 2020 Family IFC Films composers Tomatazos Rock king kong Song of Ice and Fire new york 2017 Sundance TV Action Musical Extras Certified Fresh Mary Tyler Moore joker rt labs critics edition mcc gangster BBC concert witnail Showtime Apple FX on Hulu rotten facebook VH1 Walt Disney Pictures aliens transformers Calendar 24 frames Dark Horse Comics Summer New York Comic Con Paramount Network Logo Martial Arts TruTV Pop cancelled TV series book adaptation History international Exclusive Video Premiere Dates Infographic Trophy Talk talk show Nickelodeon Election rom-coms Rocketman Amazon Studios legend foreign cats First Reviews Image Comics Tokyo Olympics NBC name the review remakes BBC America CBS Biopics godzilla cartoon Christmas casting Disney+ Disney Plus golden globe awards Spike Nat Geo twilight Tumblr Country razzies women mission: impossible TV One political drama Fox News batman Holiday Cartoon Network Amazon Prime Pirates Toys Disney streaming service Brie Larson cults thriller king arthur historical drama 007 TCA Awards indiana jones cancelled TV shows south america psychological thriller Discovery Channel miniseries Fall TV children's TV Emmy Nominations die hard Academy Awards Nominations Horror Anna Paquin Quiz NYCC natural history screenings psycho black nature wonder woman biography PBS 90s YouTube Premium Superheroe animated Sci-Fi Travel Channel ABC Signature prank strong female leads Pacific Islander suspense Lifetime Christmas movies stand-up comedy Baby Yoda DirecTV harry potter Hallmark quibi Star Wars mutant kaiju Ovation scene in color cops versus HBO Go Comedy Tubi Pixar OWN cinemax tv talk what to watch docuseries sequels Marvel Television Opinion MSNBC ITV Musicals franchise Schedule LGBTQ anime 71st Emmy Awards worst movies deadpool Spectrum Originals crime thriller blockbuster classics news 93rd Oscars theme song renewed TV shows 2020 X-Men chucky critics Wes Anderson breaking bad mockumentary A24 Food Network spain Sony Pictures Sundance Now elevated horror Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 20th Century Fox biopic Set visit spanish language Pop TV Comics on TV superhero game show AMC young adult OneApp Disney Plus ESPN hollywood Columbia Pictures TCM adenture comics CBS All Access fresh venice archives Turner Video Games canceled spanish documentary basketball Television Critics Association comedies anthology Amazon Prime Video Arrowverse Awards Tour SDCC reboot DC Universe YouTube Film Festival Funimation child's play Disney Avengers streaming 2016 blockbusters Thanksgiving Red Carpet Alien Lionsgate movie spy thriller Rocky adaptation aapi Marvel emmy awards feel good Starz game of thrones dark PlayStation The Walking Dead ID GLAAD comic books rt archives Freeform technology comiccon monster movies Elton John Captain marvel Music Kids & Family HBO TCA 2017 DC Comics Hulu based on movie Television Academy sequel criterion doctor who TNT President NBA Britbox french Black History Month Broadway IFC obituary social media debate Esquire halloween Sundance space Sneak Peek crime independent Mindy Kaling all-time See It Skip It Cannes teaser Rom-Com green book Super Bowl Fox Searchlight The CW reviews RT History jamie lee curtis TV Land Trailer Character Guide festival rt labs VICE DGA toy story hist binge HBO Max USA Network dramedy crossover Disney Channel Pet Sematary werewolf streaming movies sag awards japan LGBT Holidays The Academy asian-american E! TCA El Rey Binge Guide revenge Paramount Plus TIFF