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Ghost Ship

A movie directed by Steve Beck

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Viewable Flick With That Sinking Feeling

  • Oct 18, 2004
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The ocean and her countless waves have always provided excellent fodder for storytellers throughout all time. There are more tales about ghosts, ghouls, and monsters on ships and under the water than we can ever dream of. For that reason, "Ghost Ship" was tested hard to give any originality to it's story. "Ghost Ship" does manage to dig up a little originality, but in the end, it's just another ghost flick where one bad apple spoils the whole tree.

It is a very slick film to watch. The opening sequence is morbidly fun to watch. The acting was hit and miss. I don't buy Julianna Marguiles as a tough seadog, but she suffices in her role as heroine. Gabriel Byrne does pretty good considering the stock character he plays. Isaiah Washington took a weightless character and gave it a little depth. I actually pulled for his character...a little. Ron Eldard was okay, and the rest of the cast did a pretty convincing job. The ship was one of the best characters in the whole film. It's look and feel gave the movie the dark tone it needed to stay above water.

The special effects were fun. Nothing came across too fake. The ghosts were believable, especially the creepy songstress who Isaiah Washington's character "falls" in love with. Overall, not much to complain about in the FX department.

The storyline is a little punchy. There are a couple of things that don't quite add up in the movie. The ending left me wanting more. It looks as if a sequel might have been hinted at, but if such a sequel should come along, it will be nothing but more of the same.

I didn't go into much detail about the plot, because if you've seen any of the other Dark Castle productions("The House on Haunted Hill," "Thirteen Ghosts"), you've pretty much seen them all. Much like the other films, there is a little bit of nudity, a lot of curse words, and pretty good-looking theatrical gore. In the end, "Ghost Ship" isn't that scary, but it is a fun film to look over once or twice just for the atmosphere set up by the ship and the little girl who is trying to help our hapless crew. Moderately recommended.

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review by . November 27, 2008
Ghost Ship
Wow! If you love a great splatter scene, you will be hooked on this movie within the first five minutes. Remember when the lawyer split in Thirteen Ghosts? Within 5 minutes of Ghost ship a cable on a luxury cruise ship snaps and slices an entire deck full of people in half. Awesome special effects here! The main premise of the movie follows a salvage crew hired by a man who claims to have found a large derelict vessel, offering them a large percentage to help him haul it in. They find the ship, …
review by . January 21, 2004
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I am balancing the scale here, forgive me.Ghost Ship was actually better than I expected, with an opening that beats-out the rest of the film. Another example of this formula can be found in another slightly better film, "Event Horizon", which is on a 'space-ship' rather than a regular one.An ocean-liner disappears many years ago, only to be discovered again inhabited by ghostly beings. There are some parts better than others, with some good old/new fashion jumps. That's what really counts nowaday's, …
review by . October 21, 2002
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Pros: Interesting idea.     Cons: Average effects, dull story.     The Bottom Line: Nothing new here.     Sailors of old have often passed long, cold, and lonely nights at sea with tales of ghost ships that travel beyond this realm accumulating victims to their spectral crew with each appearance. There have been several boats that have vanished only to be found without a crew, and such tales have inspired films for years. There has been …
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Starring Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington
Directed by Steve Beck
Writer:  Mark Hanlon

Product Description
In a remote region of the Bering Sea, a boat salvage crew discovers the eerie remains of a grand passenger liner thought lost for more than 40 years. Once onboard, the crew must confront the ship's horrific past and face the ultimate fight for their lives.

In the midst of a 1962 pleasure cruise, the passengers and crew of Italian luxury liner the Antonia Graza are systematically slaughtered and left in pieces by a gang of terrorists. Forty years later, the ship is spotted drifting in the Bering sea. Fresh off a six-month journey, an Alaska-based seafaring salvage team lead by Murphy (Gabriel Byrne) and Epps (Julianna Margulies) are approached by a Canadian weather spotter (Desmond Harrington) who noticed the derelict vessel on a flyover. Tempted by the possibility of untold riches, the crew takes on the job of tracking down the ship. Once aboard though, strange things start to happen, beginning with Epps's sighting of the ghost of a little girl. After the team finds a cache of gold, all hell breaks loose, and the angry ghosts make themselves known--and begin destroying the intruders one by one. <br> <br> Purely and simply a floating haunted house tale, GHOST SHIP is a creepy thrill ride that compensates for its lack of originality with some creepy art ...
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Director: Steve Beck
Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 25, 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: John Pogue, Mark Hanlon
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2003
Runtime: 1hr 31min
Studio: Warner Bros Pictures, Dark Castle Entertainment
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