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.
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