Robert Pattinson says that making the turn-of-the-century nautical psychodrama “The Lighthouse” involved some of the most terrifying work he’s ever done.

“The Lighthouse” premiered Sunday in the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight section. The black-and-white film is Robert Eggers’ follow-up to his 2015 hit horror film “The Witch.” It stars Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as lighthouse keepers on a remote Maine island.

Eggers is known for extreme period research. That meant that Pattinson was in some scenes sprinting across the rock shores in period-correct footwear. The actor said it was “one of the more terrifying things” he’s ever done.

This image released by A24 shows Willem Dafoe, left, and Robert Pattinson in a scene from
This image released by A24 shows Willem Dafoe, left, and Robert Pattinson in a scene from “The Lighthouse,” a film about an aging lighthouse keeper in Maine. (A24 via AP)

“The Lighthouse” has been enthusiastically received by critics in Cannes who hailed it as Herman Melville-inspired descent into madness.

Director Robert Eggers, from left, actors Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson pose for portrait photographs for the film 'The Lighthouse' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Robert Eggers, from left, actors Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson pose for portrait photographs for the film ‘The Lighthouse’ at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Robert Eggers, from left, actors Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson pose for portrait photographs for the film 'The Lighthouse' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Robert Eggers, from left, actors Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson pose for portrait photographs for the film ‘The Lighthouse’ at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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