Writer/director Benjamin Cooper, probably best known for his 2011 horror flick Primitive, is entering the spooky world of Edgar Allan Poe with his upcoming endeavor Lighthouse Keeper. Based on the acclaimed author’s unfinished short story “The Light-House,” the tale follows a guy who is instructed to always keep a light burning in the lighthouse he’s tasked with overseeing. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that the surrounding area contains a wide variety of spooks and specters.
The official synopsis does a much better job of setting the mood:
A young man awakens alone on a remote beach, marooned there by a violent storm. Above the rocky crags, a lighthouse stands like a sentinel. Injured and suffering from amnesia, the man seeks the help of Walsh, the enigmatic lighthouse keeper. Walsh tells him they are stranded until the 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 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!”
Perhaps the coolest thing about Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper is the inclusion of veteran character actor Vernon Wells, who tackles the role of Walsh. A lot of people probably know him best from Commando and The Road Warrior, but he’ll always be Plughead from Circuitry Man to me.
There isn’t a lot of information about the project making the rounds online at the moment, but the official website has a ton of cool behind-the-scenes photos, which should give you an idea of what the filmmakers are hoping to accomplish with the flick. In the meantime, we do have some promotional artwork to share with the masses. Have a look at the image below.