Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper (2016 film)
Lighthouse Keeper (2016), AKA Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper, The Light-House
"When the light goes out, the terror begins!" Marooned on a remote peninsula and haunted by frightening specters, a young man must confront the grotesque denizens of the night, or heed the Lighthouse Keeper's cryptic warning to, 'Always keep a light burning!'
- Release Date: 2016
- Country/Language: USA, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror
- Setting: Gaslight or Classic sea-side
- Runtime: 1 hr 28 min
- Starring: Vernon Wells, Matt O'Neill, Rachel Riley
- Director: Benjamin Cooper
- Writer: Benjamin Cooper, very loosely inspired by a fragment by Edgar Allan Poe
- Producer/Production Co: Thunderhead Entertainment, Millman Productions, Benjamin Cooper
- View Trailer: (link)
- Wikipedia (for the Poe fragment): (link)
- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: not rated (equivalent to an R for Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Nudity, etc.)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)
Loosely based on the last, unfinished short story by Edgar Allan Poe unofficially titled "The Light-House", this movie does not strongly resemble the work of either Poe or Lovecraft, but there are some Deep Ones and an oppressive, bleak atmosphere to be found here.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Review by Jennie Kermode at Eye For Film (Link) (3/5 Stars)
- Review by Brandon Long at PopHorror.com (Link)
- Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (Link) (2/5 Stars)
- Review by Misty Wallace at CrypticRock.com (Link) (3/5 Stars)
Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
Marooned on a remote peninsula and haunted by frightening specters, a young man must confront the grotesque denizens of the night, or heed the Lighthouse Keeper's cryptic warning to, 'Always keep a light burning!' The story takes a sort of "Carnival of Souls" turn where the young mad and all the other characters are actually dead and both haunting the lighthouse, and haunted by it.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
- Trivia: Loosely based on the last, unfinished short story by Edgar Allan Poe unofficially titled "The Light-House"; the story takes the form of a series of diary entries written by a newly-appointed lighthouse keeper; there are only four entries written, the first introduces the lighthouse keeper who expresses a number of concerns about his position ranging from his difficulty, in spite of noble birth, in obtaining the position, to the safety of the seemingly unstable structure, to the severity of the storms on his arrival; other entries refer to strange sounds suggesting weak foundations, and the revelation that the lighthouse was precariously constructed on soft chalk; the fourth and final entry is blank which some scholars believe was intentional, and the "punchline" to the story: the character seems to have died in the collapse of the light-house, after all.
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