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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Robert Eggers, director of The Lighhouse

Robert Eggers

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Director Robert Eggers on his new film "The Lighthouse"

Robert Eggers is a filmmaker who's made a name for himself making beautiful horror films that linger with you. Long after you've left the theater.

The writer, director was born in New England and cut his teeth in New York designing and directing theater productions. He made his feature film debut with 2015's The Witch which
premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to near universal acclaim. Set in 17th century New England, a family of settlers are haunted by an evil force that threatens to destroy them. The film received critical praise.

His latest film, The Lighthouse, is just as haunting.

It's about two old-timey sailor men living on an island off of New England in the 1800s. One is old. The other is young. It's all in black and white. The wind howls outside. The old man, played by Willem Dafoe, doesn't like the young one. He's played by Robert Pattinson. They drink a lot. Somewhere, off the shore, there's a mermaid. A storm comes. The two men, slowly, lose their sanity. We don't want to give too much of it away. You really have to see if for yourself!

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has since received rave reviews. Robert talks to Bullseye about the joys of research down to the finest historical detail, about the uniqueness of the New England landscape and provoking questions in his films. Plus, we find out what scares him the most.

The Lighthouse is in theaters now.

Click here to listen to Robert Eggers' interview on YouTube!

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 16: Paula's Halloween Spooktacular

Lilly Cabrera
Kevin Kelso

We go all-out on our Halloween special! First, Paula shares her own scaaaary Halloween experiences (getting ripped off by her siblings), and then we explore our listeners' traditions. We summon pumpkin patch proprietor Lilly Cabrera to talk about the cutthroat jack-o-lantern business. And then Paula and Adam tell you whether you should see the new "Halloween" movie based on their red-hot take on the terrifying 1978 John Carpenter classic.

House band
Kevin Kelso, pipe organ


Lilly Cabrera
Co-Owner of the Whittier Pumpkin Patch
FB: @whittierpumpkins
IG: @misslatinalilly
Website: WhittierChristmasTree.com

Kevin Kelso
Pipe organ, assorted terrifying sounds
Twitter: @kevtunes
IG: @kevtunes11

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