Lighthouse (film)

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Directed by Simon Hunter
Produced by Tim Dennison
Mark Leake
Chris Craib
Written by Graeme Scarfe
Starring James Purefoy
Rachel Shelley
Christopher Adamson
Don Warrington
Music by Debbie Wiseman
Cinematography Tony Imi
Edited by Paul Green
Distributed by Winchester Films
Release date
  • 17 November 1999 (1999-11-17) (Sweden)
  • 17 July 2002 (2002-07-17) (United Kingdom)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Lighthouse (released as Dead of Night in the United States) is a 1999 British horror film directed by Simon Hunter. The film follows survivors of a shipwreck being preyed on by an escaped psychotic convict who beheads his victims. It was shot in Cornwall for the main locations (lighthouse, beaches rockshores), and Hastings in East Sussex.


A prison ship on its 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 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 way to call for help, the survivors must face a night of terror. They know Leo does not want anyone to learn he survived the shipwreck and is hell-bent on adding their severed heads to his collection.


Actor / Actress Character
James Purefoy Richard Spader
Christopher Adamson Leo Rook
Rachel Shelley Dr. Kirsty McCloud
Don Warrington Prison Officer Ian Goslet
Paul Brooke Captain Campbell
Chris Dunne Chief Prison Officer O'Neil
Pat Kelman Spoons
Bob Goody Weevil
Peter McCabe Prison Officer Hopkins
Norman Mitchell Brownlow
Howard Attfield Sykes
Jason Round Spit分field
Sarah Wateridge McC分loud's Mother
Rod Woodruff Guard


The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian gave the film a negative review, calling it "[a] straightforward, unimaginative slasher picture".[1] Shephen Holden from The New York Times gave the film a mostly negative review, calling it "[a] grade-C British horror thriller", but also stated that the film was not without its crude pretensions.[2] Kim Newman from Empire awarded the film a negative 2 out of 5 stars, calling it "uneven".[3]


  1. ^ Bradshaw, Peter. "Lighthouse". The Peter Bradshaw. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen. "`Lighthouse': So Where's Virginia Woolf When You Need Her?". New York Stephen Holden. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Newman, Kim. "Empire.s Lighthouse Movie Review". Empire Nim Newman. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 

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