Cannes’ breakout film and winner of the critics awards “The Lighthouse” isn’t a traditional horror movie, “It’s a little like Hitchcock,” co-star Dafoe explained to Variety’s Marc Malkin. “It’s a little like Bergman, it’s a little like Tarkovsky. But it’s also got a certain amount of humor.”
The black and white film by director Robert Eggers, who made debut with the also critically acclaimed horror flick “The Witch,” had plan straight from the beginning on what he wanted to do with actors Robert Pattinson and Dafoe in this tight picture.
“The script was very tight, this was a film that was very designed,” said Dafoe. “And when we rehearsed, it wasn’t rehearsals to find the blocking for the camera positions. It’s usually the other way around. Usually you find out what the scene is, and then they set the camera. In this case, the design and the vision of how it should look was very strong, and very developed in advance. So the actors are brought into that a little later than usual, which some actors would scream and kick about, but I kind of enjoyed it. You have a strong structure there, and there are certain things that you don’t have to worry about and it’s your job to fill it and keep it alive.”