Ghost Ship (2002)

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A salvage crew discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea, and soon notices that its long-dead inhabitants may still be on board.


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18 January 2006 | Lechuguilla
Ship Of Fools
With visions of riches spinning in their heads, a group of irritating boat salvagers set out to explore what's left of a luxurious passenger ship lost for over forty years on the high seas. Given that this film is a horror flick, the viewer understands from the beginning that the ship has an array of spooky surprises waiting for our adventurous fools.

The initial problem with this film is the salvagers themselves. They are not remotely interesting. They are stereotyped, stick-figure characters inserted to advance the preconceived horror plot.

As a ghost story, "Ghost Ship" lacked suspense, at least to me. The film's gore and hokey supernatural element were overdone, too obvious and direct. To create suspense, the filmmaker needs merely to hint at the presence of a lurking terror, and to slowly build anticipation, on behalf of characters we know and care about. This film thus suffers the same problems that plague so many modern films ... lack of character development and lack of subtlety. The unfortunate irony here is that the film's huge budget allowed the filmmaker to spend money on explosions, stunts, and other elements that actually lowered the suspense.

On the other hand, the set pieces were impressive, giving the ocean liner and the tug boat a sense of visual authenticity. And I liked the plot twist toward the end.

In summary, the film's concept was intriguing and the story had potential. But an absence of sympathetic characters and an overemphasis on expensive cinematic gimmicks combined to lower the suspense, and render a film that was fat and impersonal.

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Trivia

Would be director Steve Beck's last feature film as a director. He previously directed another Dark Castle Entertainment horror film which was his directorial debut, Thir13en Ghosts (2001).


Quotes

Greer: I can't hold her much longer, Murph. Port bow is heeling. She's taking on way too much water.


Goofs

Murphy states that, in the sixties, the Italians could not compete in speed, so they built their ships to be extremely big and luxurious. That is factually wrong for two reasons: first, since the 1940's, Italian ocean liners were known, precisely, by their speed (the most famous of them, the SS Rex, held the Blue Ribbon award for four years). Second, Italian liners built immediately after WW2 were indeed very luxurious, but not very big. The SS Andrea Doria (after which the film's Antonia Graza is modeled after) was barely 200 m long, a full 100 m shorter than the largest ship of its time, the RMS Quen Elizabeth.


Crazy Credits

The opening logos are tinted brown, and the typical Warner Bros. logo is instead an intentionally chintzy 60s style logo. All this ties into the infamous cruise ship opening.


Alternate Versions

The film was released in Germany in both its uncut form (rated "Not under 18") and in an edited version ("Not under 16"), which misses many gory shots (i.e. from the wire scene in the beginning, the squashed diver or the "hooked up" singer). For commercial reasons most cinemas showed the cut version.


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Senza Fine
Written by
Gino Paoli
Produced by John Frizzell
Performed by Monica Mancini
Courtesy of Concord Records

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