Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper




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Reviewed by Nigel P 8 / 10

Spoilers follow ...

I have always felt that a lighthouse is an ideal setting for a horror story. Isolated, at the mercy of the elements, surrounded by a rolling sea reminding us all how small we are. This film is based on Edgar Allen Poe's unfinished (barely started, in fact) final work. Director and Producer Benjamin Cooper also co-wrote it.

Young JP (Matt O'Neill) finds himself washed up on a beach and sees a young woman. She could be an apparition, but she seems wholly un-spectre-like. The wound on his head causes him to pass out and when he wakes, he is in the nearby lighthouse with the abrasive keeper Walsh (Vernon Wells), who promises him enigmatically that he will always keep a light burning during the night.

I really enjoyed this old-style excursion into nightmare, although the ending does leave more than a few questions unanswered – I have to assume that is intentional, and while I have no problem with open-endings, I am left unsure as to whether everything up to that point had been a dream, this is a case of endless recursion or whether JP had been a young Walsh all along. Whatever, it is good to have a horror film that remains in the memory long after it is over.

The ghosts/wraiths on display are great if a little easy to defeat. JP breaks the neck of one of their number before fleeing; moments later, it rises up and screws his head back the right way round before continuing the pursuit! The lack of budget only makes itself apparent occasionally, and as is often the case, causes events to appear not-quite-real, dream-like (which can often be advantageous for a project of this nature). When a ship goes aground on the rocks, we don't see the calamity, rather we see only JP's reaction. This and the CGI rain and other effects, adds to the idea that nothing is quite as it seems to be.

Reviewed by lathe-of-heaven 7 / 10

Very, VERY Old Fashioned Horror Story done well with a nice Classic, atmospheric style... Blu-ray: Excellent A: 9 V:9

3.4...??? Seriously?

Well, maybe if a person just doesn't like this type of old school Horror film or the Retro style of movies like this really bores them. Then yes, I guess so... But, when a person rates a film like this poorly when it is one that they wouldn't like anyway, does that help the rest of us to know HOW WELL it was done? See what I mean? For example, I personally loathe and detest Torture Porn Horror films, but I certainly do not come here and give movies like 'HOSTEL' low ratings, do I? Why...? Well, because that doesn't really help people who might actually LIKE those kinds of films and who want to know if a particular one is done well. So, likewise with this one.

Sorry about the long intro, it kind of bothers me when people do that here, because as I said, it's really not helpful to others who DO like these types of films. Well, you can probably tell by my rating that I really liked this movie (the reviews of the two other people so far here seem to agree...) This movie is indeed for people who actually DO like these kind of Old School Ghost Stories (can you say, 'THE FOG' anyone...? YES, the original, NOT the lame remake : ) So, if you are the kind of person who likes older style Ghost Stories (especially ones based upon Classics like Poe) then you will probably really enjoy this movie.

In my lowly and wretched opinion, I thought it was put together in a very effective and moody way with a lot of Classic style and atmosphere. I felt that it was told in a way that served the story very well and maintained a good level of Suspense. The acting, although not stellar, was decent enough and did not detract from the mood of the story. It IS a very simple story though, so you will need to keep your expectations reasonable. I'd say if you like modern versions of Classic Horror stories like Stuart Gordon's 'DAGON', for example (although this one is much simpler and likely with FAR less money) you should really enjoy this one.

Again, a good, old-fashioned, Old School, creepy and atmospheric Ghost Story. Nicely told and well done considering the clear limitations of how much money they could spend on it.

(P.S: Please be careful with Claudio's review below (above?) as it has some, I'm sure, unintended Spoilers in it!)

Reviewed by gabrielcdoe 6 / 10

Old School Classic.

I like this movie not only because it is typically Poe, but because it brings back an age of classic horror movie genre. The acting I'll admit was rather flat line but the story is what nightmares are made of, and I would recommend it to anyone who maybe trying to come up with a horror movie ideas of their own. Nowadays too many directors confuse gory slasher movies with horror and that should never be the case, good horror movies may display certain elements of gore for the shock effect, however, true horror movies has the ability to stay in the sub-conscience and when you hear things that go bump in the night; it will have the ability for the viewer to recall what they are relating their present apprehension with.

Gabriel C. Doe Jr.

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