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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Gabriel Byrne
Julianna Margulies
Ron Eldard
Desmond Harrington.
Directors
Steve Beck.
Screenwriters
Mark Hanlon
John Pogue.
Running Time
90 minutes

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Ghost Ship
Dark Castle's sea vessel-bound shocker


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Plot
In 1962, the passenger ship Antonia Graza is the site of some hideous supernatural violence. Missing for 40 years, the liner is discovered in a remote region of the Bering Sea by a salvage crew who board and discover a fortune in gold. However, they also find malevolent ghosts and gruesome death.


Review
Ghost Ship comes from the crew who delivered the remakes of The House On Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts.

Though not actually a remake, it might as well be, since it scrambles elements from those earlier retreads plus bits 'borrowed' from the 1980 picture Death Ship (which had an identical poster) and Jamie Lee Curtis salvage killer robot flick, Virus.

For a while, the formula works. The opening mass splatter is exuberantly overdone; Gabriel Byrne can sell ominous sea-story monologues like no-one since John Houseman in The Fog; the little girl spook is appealing; and the rotting luxury hulk is an infallibly cinegenic setting. But then the supporting cast starts blundering into predictable deaths, with the black guy (Isaiah Washington), who keeps talking about getting back home to be married, obviously high on the 'doomed' list.


Verdict
Director Beck loses it, with techno-scored flashbacks (note: techno isn't scary) and blow-up-the-place gimmickry from Alien crossed with the ghostly bit from Titanic.


Reviewed by Kim Newman


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Not Scary Enough.

The front cover of Ghost Ship is awesome, no one can deny that. It really gives you shivers and a rising hope that this film will be one terrifying journey. Shame it's far from scary. More like extremely gory and action than pure horror/terror. Yes the begining is very well done, one that will make your jaw drop. But as the movie goes on, it's clearly obvious what's going to happen. Spoiler alert: why was there only one person surriving out of all the crew that went on the ship? So it's not scar... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:50, 24 October 2010 | Report This Post


Not Scary Enough.

The front cover of Ghost Ship is awesome, no one can deny that. It really gives you shivers and a rising hope that this film will be one terrifying journey. Shame it's far from scary. More like extremely gory and action than pure horror/terror. Yes the begining is very well done, one that will make your jaw drop. But as the movie goes on, it's clearly obvious what's going to happen. Spoiler alert: why was there only one person surriving out of all the crew that went on the ship? So it's not scar... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:50, 24 October 2010 | Report This Post


RE: ghost ship

And the front cover on the DVD is awesome. ... More

Posted by AgentGoth at 17:43, 12 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: ghost ship

I agree with AgentGoth. Its by no means a great movie but its enjoyable enough to watch on a Friday or Saturday night when all you want is some entertainment. Its by no means scary but it keeps your interest throughout. I would give it a 3 stars for enjoyment factor. ... More

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Posted by kingp_35 at 12:56, 12 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: ghost ship

I've seen worse. I don't mind this actually. Yeah, it's not exactly great, but it's still a great Saturday night film. ... More

Posted by AgentGoth at 08:18, 12 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: ghost ship

L: PedroSanchez L: linkacid This film is grade A class 1 shite! Nicely put! nks ... More

Posted by linkacid at 15:33, 11 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: ghost ship

This film is grade A class 1 shite! ... More

Posted by linkacid at 15:29, 11 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: ghost ship

Terrible movie...what was Gabriel Byrne thinking?????? Yeah i know...money!!! ... More

Posted by Newander at 15:26, 11 April 2006 | Report This Post


RE: ghost ship

It aint really a good sign when the only decent scene appears about 5 mins into the film. Not a good movie at all. ... More

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Posted by PedroSanchez at 15:23, 11 April 2006 | Report This Post


ghost ship

im not suprised that any one has reviewed this to tell you the truth neither can i, this film is not at all scary the only good bit in it is the first scene where they all get sliced in half then it's boring from there on, the film drags on too much and dosen't show any real scares ... More

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