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Ghost Ship (2002)

  Tags: Desmond Harrington, Gabriel Byrne, Ghost Ship, ghosts, haunting, Isaiah Washington, Julianna Margulies, Ron Eldard, ship, Steve Beck

Your rating: None Average: 7 (5 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
6

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Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Steve Beck
Runtime: 
91 minutes
Cast: 
Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington, Isaiah Washington


I heard a lot of negative reviews for this movie, so I checked it not expecting much, and actually found it somewhat enjoyable. I can see how a lot of people didn't really like it and only thought the first 15 mins of the film was worth watching. The movie had its moments. It's not scary, but it's not boring either.

The story isn't anything original, but then again neither is the cover art - I.E. Death Ship. The movie is basically about a salvage crew that discovers an old abandoned ship and hope to bank a lot of money for it, but before they can they have to get past the ghosts that roam the ship. Uh-oh. The movie is predictable, un-scary, and clichéd... but enjoyable. I was never bored and found the "twist" towards the end quite interesting and cool. I went in not expecting much and came out rather pleased by the end result. It may not be anything original, but it's one of those horror movies that you can waste time with on a rainy night.

The atmosphere was nice and dark, the effects were good and there was a sweet amount of blood and gore. I would have given the movie a higher-rating, but I'm not insane. It's a decent movie, but it isn't what I would classify as a "good" horror film, mainly due to the unoriginality aspect of it. I used to have this film listed on the UHM page as its old working title - Chimera. The original story was about "four salvage crew members who turn against one another after being stranded in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean aboard the remains of a cruise ship (The Chimera) believed to have been lost in the 1960s."

Worth a rent if you want a horror film to waste some time with and not have to use your brain for anything except to sit back and enjoy the show.

Posted on June 15, 2010 - 11:32am | FrighT MasteR

 

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