DAMN YE! LET NEPTUNE STRIKE YE DEAD, WINSLOW! HAAAAAARK!
The trailers pull absolutely no punches in the Go Mad from the Isolation
- Mark Korven's haunting and foreboding soundtrack.
- Winslow violently smashing the gull against the rock.
- Speaking of seagulls, Wake says that seagulls contain the souls of dead sailors. Gee, there sure seem to be a lot of seagulls on this island.
- The mermaid that Winslow finds washed up letting out a horrifying screeching sound.
- As darkly comic as the scene where Wake curses Winslow is, it's also quite scary. The way Wake is shot, looming over the camera framed by shadows, makes him barely look human. The monologue, although hilariously over the top, is still genuinely chilling and Wake becomes more and more serious the longer it goes on to the point that Winslow looks frightened, and by the time he's finished Wake looks to be scaring himself with the horrors he's invoking.
: Let Neptune strike ye dead, Winslow. HAAAAAAARK
! Hark! Triton! Hark! Bellow! Bid Our Father, the Sea-King
arise from the depths full foul in His fury
, black waves teaming with salt-foam to smother this young mouth with pungent slime, to choke ye! Engorging your organs 'till ye turn blue and bloated with bilge and brine and can scream no more
, only when He
, crowned in cockleshells, with slithering, tentacled tail
and steaming beard, take up His fell, be-finned arm; His coral-tined trident screeches banshee-like in the tempest and plunges right through your gullet! BURSTING YE, a bulging bladder no more, but a blasted, bloody film now - a nothing for the harpies and the souls of dead sailors to peck and claw and feed upon
only to be lapped up and swallowed by the infinite waters of the Dread Emperor Himself, forgotten to any man, to any time, forgotten to any God or Devil, forgotten even to the sea,
for any stuff or part of Winslow, even any scantling of your soul, is Winslow no more, but is now itself the sea
- Speaking of which, look closely at Wake during the entire scene. From a certain point all the way till he finishes his speech, he never blinks.
- Nightmare Retardant kicks in when Winslow simply answers, "Alright, have it your way, I like your cooking."
- Winslow brings up a crab trap from the water and ends up finding (or hallucinating) the severed head of Wake's previous assistant in it. The head is missing an eye.
- The sudden, jarring shot of Wake staring down Ephraim with glowing eyes which is a direct reference to the equally creepy ''Hypnose'' by Sascha Schneider◊.
- Winslow staring into the light, an intense, terrifying climax for the film. By the end of the shot, Robert Pattinson barely looks — or sounds — human.
- His face throughout the shot. By the time he opens the lighthouse, it's caked in blood, and as he looks in, the brightness of the image is gradually cranked up until nearly every detail is invisible, heavily distorting his features to the point where it looks like his eyes aren't there, and his lips resemble teeth. It's like the film itself is unable to contain the lantern's light.
- His hysterical screaming, slowly reducing to bursts of distorted static.
- His almost puppet-like staggering movements towards the end. Brrrr.
- One comment sums it up best:
- As if that wasn't enough, there's the eerie wording Eggers chose in his un-explanation of the scene — if you had seen what Winslow saw, you would've had the same reaction.
- The sickening crunches heard as Winslow tumbles down the stairs, breaking his neck. With only his screams and no music.
- The final shot of Winslow getting defecated upon and his insides pecked out by seagulls. And he's still alive to witness it. Now consider the possibility that this is his version of Hell, and he's going to be stuck that way forever.