Robert Houston Eggers
July 7, 1983
New York City, New York, U.S.
Robert Houston Eggers (born July 7, 1983) is an American filmmaker and production designer. He is best known for writing and directing the historical horror films The Witch (2015) and The Lighthouse (2019), as well as directing and co-writing the historical fiction epic film The Northman (2022). His films are noted for their folkloric elements, as well as his efforts to ensure historical authenticity.
Eggers was born in New York City in 1983 to Kelly Houston. Eggers does not know who his biological father is. Soon after, he and his mother moved to Laramie, Wyoming where his mother met and married Walter Eggers, and the couple had a pair of twins, Max and Sam. The family then moved to Lee, New Hampshire in 1990 when his step-father became a provost at University of New Hampshire. He moved back to New York City in 2001 to attend an acting conservatory.
Eggers began his career as a designer and director of theatre productions in New York before transitioning to working in film. In 2015, Eggers made his directorial debut with horror film The Witch, based on his own script and starring Anya Taylor-Joy. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2015. A24 acquired the film, and released it theatrically on February 19, 2016. Critical reception was largely positive, and the film earned over $40 million against a budget of $4 million. His follow-up film, the horror fantasy The Lighthouse (2019), also a period piece, was critically acclaimed. Eggers directed the film, and co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, Max Eggers, and it stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. In 2022, Eggers's Amleth-inspired Viking epic film The Northman was released, starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe.
In July 2015, it was reported that Eggers would write and direct a remake of the 1922 silent film Nosferatu, based on the Dracula mythology. The film is set to be produced by Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen for Studio 8. In November 2016, Eggers expressed surprise that the Nosferatu remake was going to be his second film, saying, "It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that's how fate shook out." Eggers had previously directed his high school's performance of the Nosferatu play, and was hired to direct a professional version of the play due to his work. Eggers credited this as the event that inspired him to pursue a career in filmmaking. Eggers eventually opted to delay his version of the film, going on to direct The Lighthouse and The Northman first. Taylor-Joy and Harry Styles were attached to the cast, but Styles dropped out. Eggers plans to make Nosferatu his fourth film.
|2015||The Witch||Yes||Yes||No||Feature directorial debut|
|2019||The Lighthouse||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-written with Max Eggers|
|2022||The Northman||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-written with Sjón|
|2007||Hansel and Gretel||Yes||Yes||Also production designer|
|2008||The Tell-Tale Heart||Yes||Yes|
|2009||Drawing from Life||Short film|
|2010||Prelude and Fugue|
|Confessional Stories: Voluntary Damnation|
|Confessional Stories: First Confession|
|The Five Stages of Grief|
|Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!||Documentary|
|In the Pines||Short film|
|2013||The House at the Edge of the Galaxy|
|Spirit Cabinet||Feature film|
Eggers works with several actors multiple times.
|Year||Film||Rotten Tomatoes||Metacritic||Budget||Box Office|
|2015||The Witch||90% (7.8/10 average rating) (332 ratings)||83 (46 reviews)||$4 million||$40.4 million|
|2019||The Lighthouse||90% (8.0/10 average rating) (385 ratings)||83 (52 reviews)||$11 million||$18.3 million|
|2022||The Northman||89% (7.7/10 average rating) (323 ratings)||82 (60 reviews)||$70–90 million||$68.9 million|
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