Monday, March 15, 2010

Ghost Ship (2002)

Another failure in the long line of Dark Castle Horror remakes following the (arguable) success of THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. GHOST SHIP pits a salvage crew against a ship full of vengeful ghosts that seek to drive out the evil spirit that has tied them to the vessel. This tiresome take on the Old Dark House motif drags forward as the characters wander aimlessly through the ship's dark corridors with no rewarding suspense or bloodshed. An unforgettable opening sequence in which an entire dance floor of passengers is bisected by one of the ship's suspension cables promises fast-paced action and gore that never arrives. Instead, the audience is bludgeoned by one safe PG-13 death after another, hits that are not softened by the poor computerized FX or make-up work. The characters can only be judged from most annoying to least annoying, none of whom draw the least bit of sympathy or support as they are lined up only to be knocked down. Beck's heavy metal soundtrack and music video styling suggests that the film was geared directly towards turning a quick teen buck in its theatrical run, with no intent on creating a lasting effect on the viewer. This is garbage mainstream Horror at its worst.

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 5/10.
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8 comments:

  1. I remember seeing this one in theaters and being dissapointed. Dark Castle is making slightly better movies now if I remember correctly, but in their early days they made shit like this one and 13Ghosts, which is just abysmal in my book.

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  2. I also caught this flick in theaters and felt the pangs of a great and woeful disappointment. How in the world did the filmmakers open with that awesome scene and then screw up the rest of the movie? They should have left what happened to the passengers and crew a mystery until the last reel when they could reveal that kickass dismemberment sequence. Sure you'd still have a lame movie surrounding one great scene but the payoff would have made me less pissed off.

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  3. Awww, I kinda liked when all the people up on deck dancing got cut in half. LOL

    It really is an abysmal movie, though. LOL

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  4. Yeah I too liked the "Cut-in half with a cable" scene. I'll never think of slowdancing the same again! ;P

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  5. I think the dancing/cable scene is the only one I, or many others, recall from this flick. And it isn't even ten years old yet! That speaks volumes.

    One great scene does not a great movie make.

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  6. I am still upset that I paid good money to see this in the theater. :(

    I felt the same about 13 ghosts...don't even get me started on that one :)

    Thanks for the review.

    Cheers!

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  7. a film that's both awful and boring.

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  8. Interesting that 13 Ghosts should be mentioned, as well. The first movie where we saw Shannon Elizabeth trying her hand at horror.....badly. But, it gets a couple thumbs up for me for, again, cutting someone in half......this time lengthwise and the front half of their body slides down the glass....


    ....Oy, I'm easily amused. :P

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