Ghost Ship (2002) live action, movie – USA, Aus

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Duration 91min
Rated R
Score 8
Director Steve Beck
Writers Mark Hanlon, John Pogue
Cast Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington, Isaiah Washington, Alex Dimitriades, Karl Urban, Emily Browning, Francesca Rettondini


A salvage crew is told the whereabouts of a passenger ship that went missing in 1962. Soon, its mishap after mishap with something evil on the ship.


So… years ago this was the first horror movie I managed to stay awake watching. Probably when I was about 10 or 11. Obviously since it was the first horror movie that didn’t put me to sleep, I loved it.

Now though? It’s still good. I like it. It’s not the most amazing thing ever, but it’s still good. I question if it’s actually truely a horror though. It has horror aspects of course but…

In the first five minutes, you see a deck of people chopped in half. Great. Wonderful. Then after that, it’s all leading up to the final 10-20min or so? It builds up the tension. People are dying, but a lot of it just seems like accidents. There are a couple ghosts, a little girl in particular but still. And it’s all leading up to where they show what actually happened on that ship and reveals what’s going on.

The music is great. The acting, at odd times slightly awkward (do people really say stuff like “you’re breaking my balls”?), but good. Browning especially. Because of the first 5 min,  it has you wanting to finding out what happened. My only complaint is the end. It’s an annoying cliffhanger that looks like it would be a good lead in for a sequel, but unless I’m missing something, there isn’t one. And 14 years later, what are the chances there will be one?


Anyway, I recommend it. But not if you want a lot of scary stuff. This builds up a lot then… yea…


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