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Lighthouse [DVD]

James Purefoy , Rachel Shelley , Peter McCabe    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Purefoy, Rachel Shelley, Christopher Adamson, Paul Brooke, Don Warrington
  • Directors: Peter McCabe
  • Producers: Debbie Wiseman, Tim Dennison
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008NGKX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

British slasher horror directed by Simon Hunter. When a boat sinks during a fierce storm, a handful of survivors are left stranded on an apparently deserted island. Little do they know, however, that the island is occupied... by a psychopathic murderer.

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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse shocker with stunning set-pieces 13 Jun 2003
By Libretio VINE VOICE

(UK - 1999)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Dolby Digital

On a storm-lashed lighthouse-island 300 miles from the UK coastline, the prison ship 'Hyperion' runs aground and discharges a number of prison officers and inmates, including a monstrous psychopath (Christopher Adamson) who proceeds to stalk and kill them, one by one.

Writer-director Simon Hunter's powerhouse shocker - an award winner at movie festivals in Luxembourg and Rome - borrows the setting of Jim O'Connolly's hoary old clunker TOWER OF EVIL (1972) and derives its narrative cue from the American 'slasher' cycle initiated by Wes Craven's SCREAM (1996), yet it manages to trounce both those movies in terms of horror and suspense. James Purefoy (RESIDENT EVIL) and Rachel Shelley (CRUISE OF THE GODS) lead a small but talented cast of newcomers and veterans (including Paul Brooke and Don Warrington) as a motley collection of hot-heads and cowards who must set aside their differences and band together in a desperate attempt to survive the killer's rampage, and Simon Bowles' low budget production design transforms the eerie setting into a nightmarish, storm-ravaged landscape where death and violence can erupt from the shadows at every turn.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Horror 5 April 2005
I rented this movie a few months ago and watched it thinking it was a monster horror movie so I was a little confused when I realised it was about a serial killer! However I enjoyed the dark edgy way it was filmed and the tension that it created, so I bought it. When I watched it again I found that there was less to it than I had remembered (there are flash back scenes in the movie and the first time I watched it I read a lot into them but watching it again I don't know how I got so much meaning from them!) but it is still an enjoyable, tense serial killer horror movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Lighthouse (AKA: Dead of Night) is directed by Simon Hunter and written by Graeme Scarfe. It stars James Purefoy, Rachel Shelley, Christopher Adamson, Don Warrington & Paul Brooke. The plot sees a prison ship on its way to the remote Marshelsea Island Prison run aground and sunk. The survivors, a mixture of cons and prison staff, struggle ashore a tiny island that's only function is to house a lighthouse. Thanking their lucky stars for surviving the wreck it's not long before they realise their luck has quickly run out. For psychotic serial killer Leo Rook has made it ashore before them and he has no intention of letting any of them survive the night.

Funded by Arts Council money, Hunter's movie took some time to make it on to the screen. What began in 1994 ended with a video release in the US (as Dead of Night) in 2000 and then two years later it got a limited theatrical release in the UK. As a slasher movie, and a generic one at that, Lighthouse doesn't veer from the norm. However, it's still a very tidy effort that gains the maximum impact from its truly eerie setting. This dark and rocky little island that is intermittently lit by the Lighthouse is perfect for stalk and slash shenanigans. And so it proves. Yes the characters are too one note and not given the best of dialogue to churn out, but for its look and nicely handled set pieces the film ends up better than average.

The cast, in spite of said bad dialogue, are more than adequate, particularly the game Shelley and the enjoyable Brooke. However, it's Adamson as nut-case Rook that leaves the best impression.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The first hour and a quarter of this film was excellent! A lighthouse is a splendidly evocative venue for a horror film and this movie is clearly a cut above (no pun intended) the umpteen trashy American slasher flicks of the same genre. The tension builds at a measured and well-crafted pace, giving us solid characterisation and some quite remarkable scenes. The brilliant toilet scene in particular (veteran actor Paul Brooke playing a blinder) was absolutely Hitchcockian and the dream scene with Gemma Jones in flashback mode, was truly haunting. The gore is reasonably convincing and the tension palpable. But why oh why did the obviously talented director ruin the ending with a solid 10 minutes of nausea-inducing and borderline illegal strobe lighting? Sorry but that made it utterly unwatchable for me, so I cannot really comment on the denouement.

What a shame! All that hard work and good acting by a splendid British cast somewhat ruined by the ridiculous and irresponsible strobe effects. Was it meant to be a perverted joke, because the hero was epileptic? Whatever. It was very badly advised and obliges me to deduct at least a star from my rating.
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Whilst the plot line is fairly good, and the cast is excellent the quality if sound is appauling and there are no subtitles to help you along. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anna Gettings
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible.
pointless stalk and slasher: bad camerawork, directing, lighting and rubbish sound quality - but thats the norm with modern stuff, title and incidental music blaring whilst... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kc sunshine
2.0 out of 5 stars hit or miss
its one of those films you like or dont it a personel chioce matter realy i think with the actors supplied the script and directing of the movie was poor
Published 19 months ago by henryone
1.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-droppingly dreadful
I wish i had looked at some reviews before i bought this atrocity.
This film piles cliche upon cliche, contrivance upon contrivance until you want to smash the tv screen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JONESY
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad,bad,bad
There is nothing good to say about this film. Even expecting it to be a bit rubbish I was still swearing at the tv. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2010 by Steven Prideaux
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a poor movie
Even though I was aware before buying this movie that it had a shoestring budget, I expected a suspenseful horror with the chance of a twist. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2009 by P. Forsyth
4.0 out of 5 stars lighthouse
i thought lighthouse was very creepy and well-made british horror film,very good suspenseful moments as well.i am glad i added this film to my collection.thanks,david
Published on 17 April 2009 by David Leggett
1.0 out of 5 stars Some films fade into obscurity for a reason
A dogs dinner of a film, absolutely one of the worst films of its type I have experienced to date. I'm surprised the music score hasn't been mentioned, you have to view this film... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2008 by All of them Witches
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, derivative British horror
Aware of the low-budget origins of Brit-horror 'Lighthouse', I rented this anticipating a genuine twist on the genre and offering something different to the big-budget... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2007 by Mr. D. Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
Shame the DVD has no extras, An effective horror picture, the set pieces and suspence are first rate.
Published on 1 Oct 2003
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