Lighthouse (Dead of Night) (2000)




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A prison ship on it's way to a remote island prison runs aground on rocks and sinks. Mixed survivors of cons and prison guards struggle ashore, only to discover to their horror that another survivor has made it ashore before them. Murderous psychotic, Leo Rook, who not only had a hand in the ship's sinking but has decapitated all but one of the island's lighthouse crew. Stranded, with no means of escape or call for help, the survivors must face a night of terror as they no that since they've learned that Leo survived going down with the ship he can't let any of them live and is hellbent on adding their severed heads to his collection.
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All Critics (5)

There's little distinction to this formulaic horror enterprise.

Full Review… | January 4, 2004

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Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Empire Magazine

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March 30, 2005

The fact that it goes for simplicity and good old-fashioned suspense makes it a fun and rewarding view.

May 6, 2003

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July 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | July 16, 2002

Audience Reviews for Lighthouse (Dead of Night)


I?m really surprised this isn?t discussed more when talking about great stalk and slash films.  Stylistic with great characters and a intimidating killer in an incredibly atmospheric location.  It?s not perfect, but most of these films aren?t, but fans forgive little flaws if the film is good overall.  I?ve gotta say, this is great overall.  Seek it out, it?s worth it.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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An ok UK made horror film. Very low budget but with some well known faces in it. Not that scary but I enjoyed it while it lasted.

Dean King
Dean King

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[b][i]Twilight Zone: The Movie[/i][/b] Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Kathleen Quinlan, Kevin McCarthy, and a very frightened John Lithgow. Directed by Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, and Steven Spielberg. Written by John Landis, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, and Josh Rogan. Rated [b]PG[/b] (for violence and terror, disturbing images and language). Running time approximately 1 hour 41 minutes. [center][b][img][/img][/b][/center] [center][i]Goodness...nightmares all over the place.[/i][/center] There are two sequences really worth mentioning here, and they are the works of Steven Spielberg and George Miller. [i]Kick the Can[/i] and [i]Nightmare at 20,000 Feet[/i] are wonderful - imaginative and frightening. The other two and the bookending sequence are passable and silly. John Lithgow delivers one of his best performances as a nervous passanger who sees some...thing on the wing of the plane! EEK! It still giv es me the creeps. [b]*** (out of ****) B[/b] [b][i]Village of the Damned[/i][/b] Starring: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Michael Pare, and Mark Hamill. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by David Himmelstein. Rated [b]R[/b] (for some sci-fi terror and violence). Running time approximately 1 hour 39 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]Thats just lame.[/i][/center] John Carpenter's crack-headed remake of the classic chiller [i]Village of the Damned[/i] yielded more giggles and eyerolls than chills or jolts. This is a film about little tow-headed - or would that be called white-headed? - children with cobalt eyes who use telekinesis to kill the adults (including a bored Alley and a boring Reeve) in a small town after some sort of coma-inducing nonsense. This just might be Carpenter's worst film - yes, even worse than [i]Ghosts of Mars[/i]. I hated it. [b]* (out of ****) D[/b] [b][i]Stephen King's The Night Flier[/i][/b] Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan, and Michael H. Moss. Directed by Mark Pavia. Written by Mark Pavia and Jack O'Donnell. Rated [b]R[/b] (for horror violence, gore and strong language). Running time approximately 1 hour 37 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]Dracula's back...with a plane![/i][/center] As much bad as I have to say about [i]Stephen King's The Night Flier[/i], one thing I have to say that's quite positive is that the film delivers the goods and then some in the final fifteen minutes or so. This is a very violent, very gory film, and there is this gloriously done dreamlike sequence in which creepers with some horrifyingly good makeup appear and make poor Miguel Ferrer's already stressful life a further living hell. Hell. That's what it is. Not a dream. [b]** (out of ****) C[/b] [b][i]Stir of Echoes[/i][/b] Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Dunn, Zachary David Cope, and Jenny Morrison. Written and Directed by David Koepp. Rated [b]R[/b] (for violence, sexuality and language). Running time approximately 1 hour 38 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]Bacon's seeing dead people.[/i][/center] Kevin Bacon's seeing things that aren't quite normal in David Koepp's chilling adaptation of a Richard Matheson novel. [i]Stir of Echoes[/i] is a film that, much like the work of M. Night Shyamalan, deals more with characters and their lives than big special effects or cheap scares. The film is a low hum that builds to a shriek, and it's done quite well. I loved Illeana Douglas as the sister of Bacon's wife. Bacon delivers one of his better performances. There are scenes here which remind one of the work of David Lynch (the theatre scene especially). It's very good, but the ending is a bit rocky and cliched. [b]*** (out of ****) B[/b] [b][i]Dead of Night[/i][/b] Starring: James Purefoy, Rachel Shelley, Christopher Adamson, and Paul Brooke. Written and Directed by Simon Hunter. Rated [b]R[/b] (for strong horror violence/gore and some language). Running time approximately 1 hour 35 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]Meh...yeah, kinda.[/i][/center] The only really good thing about the little-known and little-seen British shocker [i]Dead of Night (a.k.a. Lighthouse)[/i] is that it's very bloody and the photography is lovely. There's not much else to say. It's worth a peek if you can find it. [b]**1/2 (out of ****) C+[/b]

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