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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a celebration of cinema, creativity, and community on Long Beach Island, NJ.


This year’s Lighthouse Film Festival, the fifteenth edition of the premiere East Coast film fest, will take place from June 7th to 11th. It promises to be a spectacular showcase of films handpicked from the top film festivals worldwide, including Sundance and South by Southwest.

Filmmakers and movie buffs from around the globe are gearing up to enjoy the festival — nestled amidst 18 miles of scenic paradise — and immerse themselves in a world of cinematic artistry, entertainment, and stimulating conversation.

The festival proudly announces its second edition of DARKHOUSE, a genre-centric screening category focused on the best in boundary-pushing horror, science fiction, and fantasy cinema.

The Darkhouse program will showcase five new features, one special spotlight screening, and 28 short films.

Selected titles include Ted Geoghegan’s SXSW hit BROOKLYN 45, about a group of veterans who gather for a séance at the end of World War II. I had the enormous pleasure of seeing this at SXSW, and it’s an absolute knockout — a definite must-see.

Brooklyn 45

Brooklyn 45

Other highlights include Evan Marlowe’s mannequin horror film ABRUPTIO, featuring the voices of Jordan Peele, James Marsters, and Robert Englund, and Matt Kiel’s animated dark fantasy UNICORN BOY, starring Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, and Harold Perrineau.

The programming block will also feature a special screening of 2009’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO with director Niels Arden Oplev in attendance.

In addition to their Darkhouse category, Lighthouse will celebrate the art of surfing with their signature SURF FILMS programming block, featuring two feature documentaries and four stunning shorts about the coastal sport/lifestyle.

Details on both categories are below:




Abruptio (dir. Evan Marlowe)

USA, 94 minutes // East Coast Premiere

Les Hackel is a guy down on his luck who wakes to find an explosive device has been implanted in his neck. He must carry out heinous crimes in order to stay alive while trying to identify the mastermind manipulating the now twisted and strange world around him.

Brooklyn 45 (dir. Ted Geoghegan)

USA, 92 minutes

Five military veterans gather in the ornate parlor of a Brooklyn brownstone. Best friends since childhood, they’ve reunited to support their troubled host – but when his invitation for cocktails turns into an impromptu séance, the metaphoric ghosts of their past become all too literal.

Enter Mycel (dir. Daniel Limmer)

Austria, 74 minutes

After the death of her mother, thirteen-year-old Lena struggles to keep her family life and her own sanity together, juggling the challenges of caring for her newborn baby sister and her depressed father, who seeks relief in a communication system enabled by a natural fungal parasite called Mycel.

Unicorn Boy

Unicorn Boy

Ghost Babe (dir. Pipe Delgado)

USA, 80 minutes

Three surfer bros get tangled up in an 80-year-old murder mystery after inheriting a mansion haunted by the foxy spirit of a legendary 1930s Hollywood starlet. Is this the end for them, or just the beginning?

Unicorn Boy (dir. Matt Kiel)

USA, 90 minutes

When a heartbroken young artist is sucked into a unicorn-run alternate dimension, they must help conquer a dark force in order to bring peace to the kingdom and themselves.

Special Screening: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (dir. Niels Arden Oplev)

Sweden, 152 mins

The first installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series (2009). A troubled computer hacker and a disgraced journalist are hired by the wealthy Henrik Vanger to investigate the suspicious disappearance of his niece 40 years earlier. As the pair dig deeper, they discover evidence pointing to a scripture-minded serial killer.


Big Wave Guardians

Big Wave Guardians

Big Wave Guardians (dir. Luke Stirtz)

USA, 91 minutes

Hawaii’s North Shore is the world’s most dangerous seven-mile stretch of beach. As surfers push the limits and crowds increase, a small group of heroes have reinvented water safety on a parallel track to the rising dangers.

Stop Playin’ with ‘Em (dir. Sean Madden)

USA, 63 minutes

Quest Soliman and Paul Godette are Rockaway Beach-based skaters turned surfers. Trading frigid winter waves for Panamanian shores, the two celebrate diversity, brotherhood, and adventure.

Choose from a Full Access Pass for entry to any film or party, a Film Only Pass for all film screenings, or individual tickets for flexibility. No matter which option you choose, experience the Lighthouse International Film Festival‘s exceptional program of films, workshops, and parties. 

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