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Robert Eggers (born July 7, 1983) is an American film director, screenwriter and production designer, best known for his horror films The Witch (2015) and The Lighthouse (2019). Eggers began his career as a designer and director of theatre productions in New York before transitioning to working in film.[1]

Robert Eggers
Robert Eggers - The Witch,Fantastic Fest 2015-1667 (28894993650) (cropped).jpg
Eggers in 2015
Born (1983-07-07) July 7, 1983 (age 36)
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • production designer
Years active2007–present
Notable work

Early lifeEdit

Eggers grew up in Lee, New Hampshire. He moved to New York City in 2001 to attend an acting conservatory. He was inspired by his childhood in New England, when he frequently visited the Plimoth Plantation, to write his first feature.[2]


In 2015, Eggers made his directorial debut with horror film The Witch, based on his own script. 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.[3] Critical reception was largely positive, and the film earned over $40 million against a budget of $4 million.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Eggers is also developing a "medieval epic" film called The Knight and a miniseries based on the life of Rasputin.[7]


Feature filmsEdit

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Production designer
2013 Spirit Cabinet Yes
2015 The Witch Yes Yes Feature directorial debut
2019 The Lighthouse Yes Yes

Other worksEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Production designer
2007 Hansel and Gretel Yes Yes Yes Short film
2008 The Tell-Tale Heart Yes Yes Yes
2009 Drawing from Life Yes Short film; credited as art director
2010 Prelude and Fugue Yes
Confessional Stories: Voluntary Damnation Yes
Confessional Stories: First Confession Yes
Monster Yes Short film
2011 The Tailor Yes Short film; credited as art director
The Five Stages of Grief Yes Short film
Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! Yes Documentary
In the Pines Yes Short film
2012 Anemone Yes
Legacy Yes
Esther Yes
2013 The House at the Edge of the Galaxy Yes
Vivace! Yes
2014 Rose Yes
2015 Brothers Yes Yes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Film Category Result
2015 Sundance Film Festival The Witch Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic Won
Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic Nominated
2016 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Won
Best First Feature Won
2019 Cannes Film Festival The Lighthouse FIPRESCI Prize - Directors' Fortnight/Critics' Week Won


  1. ^ Bloom, Jessica. "Designer-Turned-Director Robert Eggers Discusses His Horror Film 'The Witch'". Format Magazine. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  2. ^ Smith, Nicola (March 18, 2016). "New Hampshire Director Sifts His Home Soil". Valley News. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (January 24, 2015). "Sundance: A24 Acquires Hot Horror Title 'The Witch' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Evry, Max (May 23, 2016). "Studio 8 Sets 'Nosferatu' Remake; 'The Witch's Robert Eggers To Write & Direct". Coming Soon. Retrieved March 13, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 28, 2015). "Studio 8 Sets 'Nosferatu' Remake; 'The Witch's Robert Eggers To Write & Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  6. ^ O'Falt, Chris (November 11, 2016). "Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: 'Witch' Director Robert Eggers' Lifelong Obsession with 'Nosferatu' and His Plans For a Remake (Episode 13)". Indiewire. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 22, 2016). "'The Witch' Helmer Robert Eggers To Write, Direct Rasputin Miniseries For MRC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 13, 2017.

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