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Robert Pattinson Willem Dafoe The Lighthouse

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go full Hitchcock in The Lighthouse

The black-and-white trailer for Robert Eggers’ horror film descends into madness

Robert Pattinson and master of morphosis Willem Dafoe get full-on cabin fever in this claustrophobic first trailer for Robert Eggers’ upcoming film The Lighthouse, a black-and-white psychological horror about two lighthouse keepers whose sanity slowly unravels as they’re faced with their worst nightmares. 

The film, which will be released later this year, was a sensation at Cannes back in May. In it, R-Patz plays Ephraim Winslow, a shifty character with an even shiftier handlebar moustache (at least it’s not Timothée Chalamet’s bowl cut) who spends four weeks as an assistant to lighthouse keeper Thomas Waite, played by Dafoe. 

In this spooky clip, Dafoe’s character says that he’s “looking to earn a living, on the run”, before quizzing Pattinson about his secrets. Of course, R-Patz insists he isn’t hiding anything, but the eery trailer suggests otherwise. 

What follows is a Boschian montage of low-lit chaos as the two guardians drink, dance, strangle and embrace each other, all within the trapped confines of the ominous lighthouse. The trailer ends with Dafoe’s character asking Pattinson, “how long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days? Help me to recollect.” 

It’s a far cry from Pattinson’s newly announced role as Batman, but if this trailer’s anything to go by, we can expect some Hitchcockian madness.

The Lighthouse is due for release October 18, 2019. Watch the trailer below.