Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper (2016) Review
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Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper (2016) Review A young man (Matt O’Neill) awakens alone on a remote beach, marooned there by a violent storm. Above the the rocky crags, a lighthouse stands like a sentinel. Injured and suffering from amnesia, the man seeks the help of Walsh (Vernon Wells), the enigmatic lighthouse keeper. Walsh tells ..

Summary Rating: 6.0 from 10 6.0 good

Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper (2016) Review

Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper (2016) Review

A young man (Matt O’Neill) awakens alone on a remote beach, marooned there by a violent storm. Above the the rocky crags, a lighthouse stands like a sentinel. Injured and suffering from amnesia, the man seeks the help of Walsh (Vernon Wells), the enigmatic lighthouse keeper. Walsh tells him they are stranded until the next ferry arrives in two weeks, and insists they are the sole inhabitants of the peninsula. But the man is haunted by fleeting glimpses of a beautiful young woman (Rachel Riley), and plagued by visions of hideous phantoms reaching out from the depths.

As this horror tale races towards a mind-bending finale, the man must confront the grotesque denizens of the night, or heed the lighthouse keeper’s cryptic warning to “Always keep a light burning!”

Inspired by the unfinished story from the original master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe, director Benjamin Cooper’s film is a welcome reminder that old school thrills and chills still deserve a place in our film landscape. From its atmospheric and creepy pre-title credits sequence, Cooper’s movie sustains the suspense and slowly piles on the mystery to a pleasing effect. Chances are that you will figure out where the story is going and, whilst this doesn’t distract from your enjoyment of the film, it does mean that towards the climax it slightly outstays its welcome.

Performance-wise veteran actor Vernon Wells (Commando & Mad Max 2: Road Warrior) is suitably grizzly and boorish as Walsh and Matt O’Neill is full of youthful vigour and intrigue. Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper is steeped in a number of mysteries – who is the mysterious woman J.P. first sees on the beach? Where exactly does Walsh wander off to in the middle of the night? And what’s with the strange voices that J.P. sometimes hears? – and it makes for a fluid, competently made throwback to old-styled chills that would suit a relaxed Sunday night’s viewing.

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