Ghost Ship (2002)
Directed by Steve Beck

Starring Desmond Harrington Gabriel Byrne Isaiah Washington Julianna Margulies Ron Eldard

Although not quite as fun as Beck's last horror offering "Thirteen Ghosts," "Ghost Ship" is an entertaining, silly, R-rated horror offering, which delivers more of the goods fear fans want than most of the spooky films that made their way to theaters in 2002.

The film opens with one of the most fantasmagoric freak accidents ever imagined - one that dramatically kills almost the entire crew and guest lineup of a 1962 luxury cruise during a dance party on deck. From this stellar opening, you know you're watching an R-rated, deliciously explicit horror movie that has no intention of holding back for the censors. The scene definitely pushes the envelope.

Flash forward some 40 years. The hip young crew of a tug boat, led by crusty captain Gabriel Byrne, are told of an abandoned sea vessel in the middle of the ocean by a pilot. They decide to go searching for the ship, hoping to salvage it. Eventually, what they discover is the now very spooky and rusty 1962 vessel we saw in the opening of the film, adrift in the middle of the ocean with no one on board.

Naturally the ship is haunted, and the tug boat crew begins to see and hear things - including the little girl in a dress whom we initially saw survive the freak accident of the film's opener and a sultry singer who manages to seduce one of the drunken sailors to his doom in a scene clearly inspired by the ghost seduction scene of Kubrick's "The Shining." There's a lot of "Shining" in this movie, including a dancehall that comes alive with ghostly party guests. The ship here is essentially an Overlook Hotel on the ocean. When some members of the tug boat crew die, we notice that their blood seems to be soaked up by the ship. It also isn't long before the crew learns that there had been recently been some other salvagers aboard the ship too -- and they're all dead.

Beck makes tremendous use of the eeriness of an abandoned sea vessel. Big boats can be scary. The concept was used in modern horror once before with the poorly received "Death Ship," and is done real justice here. Just the image of the rusted, wasted ship on the ocean provides a nice chill.

Where "Ghost Ship" falls flat is in the story department, when we're introduced to an immortal being that, for some reason or another, wants to trap the souls trapped on the dead vessel - or something like that. Like most ghost stories, there's also a mystery surrounding the deaths of the guests and crew forty years earlier that the spirits are working to uncover for the living The film's "twist" ending also doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But what it lacks in story it makes up for in atmosphere, gore and raw sleaze. Gorgeous Italian actress Francesca Rettondini is even given a gratuitous nude scene, just to remind viewers that this film has its heart in the right place, delivering a true eighties-style R-rated horror film.

But the positives far outweigh the negatives in "Ghost Ship," a very fun horror flick. From the producers of "House on Haunted Hill" and "Thirteen Ghosts" (including Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver, two names behind the "Tales From the Crypt" franchise), "Ship" shares some of the same cast and a lot of the same spirit as those films. Not a classic, but a solid vessel. Just don't expect a "Ghost Ship 2." ase of this film in 2002.

<< Back

-- Review by Lucius Gore

USER COMMENTS

Posted by on October 12, 2010



Posted by soodaytal on November 18, 2010
mvoxf ritalin without prescritpion qmv wgqllxh


Posted by Cleverton on March 12, 2012
Lucked into an arc while at Philadelphia Fantastic live readings by Benjamin Tate (Joshua Palmentier) Barbara Ashford (Barbara Campbell) held citnenoevnly at a used bookstore (Robin's Books). Mike and I both read it in the first two days it was in the house.


Posted by bbrwyzljzq on March 14, 2012
sIyzvO rbjwibwpdhoe


Posted by ozouyttko on March 16, 2012
tkuWyw , [url=http://nghvvjdksjav.com/]nghvvjdksjav[/url], [link=http://pefxxekvauni.com/]pefxxekvauni[/link], http://vfgqdjkoocql.com/


Posted by GALLEGOSMARIA29 on July 9, 2012
Different people in the world take the mortgage loans in various creditors, just because it is comfortable.


Posted by Gianmarco Lorenzi Sandals on June 4, 2013
often when I busy but also when there is some on the floorI noticed that if there is ever anything lying on the floor or the bed, that is the spot where my cats will lie down. It could be something soft like the sweater I planned on wearing, or something flat and smooth like the magazine I fell asleep reading. I think they see these things as targets. "This space is different than everything around it, so this must be where I supposed to be." I was once sorting a whole bunch of laundry and had clothes scattered all over the floor. Instead of the nice, soft clothes, my cat chose to sit in the only bare spot on the carpet.Books do smell interesting, and they have hard edges that feel good when you rub your face against them.My cat is 1 year old and she is a nightmare. She is very loving but she wees in my sink and bath and poos on the floor mainly in our bedrooms. She goes outside and also has a litter tray inside and still does it elsewhere. What can i do?My cat has just started not using the floor. She will jump from couch to coffee table to side table, etc. I have had her for over 4 years and has never done this before. She also has started to not use her litterbox. She is still very affectionate Gianmarco Lorenzi Sandals


Posted by Alexander Wang on June 4, 2013
I'm also writing to let you understand of the incredible experience my wife's girl found studying yuor web blog. She mastered several things, not to mention what it's like to have a wonderful giving spirit to get many people just know just exactly chosen multifaceted things. You undoubtedly did more than her expectations. Many thanks for rendering the warm and helpful, safe, edifying and as well as easy tips on that topic to Mary. Alexander Wang


Posted by Oakley Sunglasses sale on June 4, 2013
It is best to participate in a contest for among the best blogs on the web. I will advocate this web site! Oakley Sunglasses sale


Posted by ???????? ?????? on June 7, 2013
?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????? ??????


Posted by ??????????? on June 11, 2013
??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????


Post A Comment About Ghost Ship
Name:



Please Enter the Above Security Code:

Rank this film on a '666 scale' of one to six (left to right).

Based on 2508 votes.