The second trailer for A24’s The Lighthouse is here and it promises another authentic and stylish historical horror from the director of The Witch (2015). Robert Eggers is following up his debut smash with a mysterious tale of two 19th century lighthouse keepers at the edge of the sea and their sanity. The first trailer offered a glimpse of the film’s setting and gorgeous, nightmarish aesthetic. Now, the second trailer for the film offers a window into some of the claustrophobic terrors that lie in store.
The Witch proved that Eggers was a master of isolation based horror. He took a 17th century New England homestead and turned it into a madness-inducing location worthy of The Shining. All the while he blew horror fans away with just how scary historical authenticity can be. The Lighthouse looks to be more of the same, which is, to be clear, a very good thing.
The Lighthouse follows two lighthouse keepers, a newcomer (Robert Pattinson) and a longtime keeper of this particular location (William Dafoe). The film chronicles their descents into cabin fever-induced madness and antagonism, and we get a glimpse of that in this second trailer. We also get a few peeks at the possibly supernatural threats besieging our duo. An unusually large tentacle, decaying human head, and apocalyptic weather are among the visions of terror promised in this second trailer. But it’s the film’s aesthetic that stands out above all. The black and white cinematography is as inkey as a stormy sea, and the tight, square aspect ratio pulls the viewer into the suffocating claustrophobia of the characters.
Fans of The Witch are no doubt eager to check out Robert Eggers follow up, and The Lighthouse trailer certainly offers plenty to get excited for. The film will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 18th, 2019 and will later expand to wide release. Are you ready to take a visit to The Lighthouse? Let us know on your thoughts on the latest trailer over on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!