Watch the first trailer for Robert Eggers 'THE LIGHTHOUSE'

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In which Robert Eggers unveils a timeless brand of crazy.

It’s been nearly three years since The Witch permeated our souls with a haunting 17th-century portrait of faith, family, and the supernatural. Three short months from now, writer and director Robert Eggers returns with a late 19th-century fantasy horror story set in the world of old sea-faring myths.

And based on everything we’ve read post-Cannes world premiere (see 98% critic consensus) now coupled with the first footage courtesy of A24, it’s safe to say The Lighthouse will be, at the very least, as IndieWire’s Eric Kohn writes “the best movie about bad roommates ever made.” Which is drastically understating Kohn's "A-" rating.

A24’s first look positions Dafoe and Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers isolated on the shores of an old Nova Scotian lighthouse. Pattinson plays a mysterious young man named Thomas Wake, who’s presumably on the run and takes refuge under the tutelage of a seasoned ‘Wickie’ Ephraim Winslow played by Willem Dafoe. The trailer’s 90-second runtime features a visual feast (filmed on 35mm) depicting camaraderie, isolation, madness, and old sea-faring myths including a mermaid and a giant squid with one hell of a death grip.

The trailer concludes with a dizzied Dafoe questioning “How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days?”

Sorry Willem, we don't care. We just need to see this stat.

The Lighthouse hits theaters October 18, 2019

The Lighthouse - A24 In Theaters October 18, 2019

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