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Ghost Ship (2002)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 107

With a plot as creaky as the boat, Ghost Ship fails to deliver the scares.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 29

With a plot as creaky as the boat, Ghost Ship fails to deliver the scares.



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A salvage team think they've made the find of a lifetime, until they discover there's more on board than meets the eye in this supernatural thriller. Led by Captain Sean Murphy (Gabriel Byrne), the crew of the tugboat Arctic Warrior have discovered a sideline far more lucrative than hauling ships in and out of the harbor -- they locate missing or wrecked ships in international waters, repair them until they can be brought back to port, and then sell off the ship and its contents as salvage.



John Pogue, Mark Hanlon, Mark D. Hanlon

Mar 25, 2003


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The final reel plots a course smack between predictable and sheer idiocy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A lame script, featuring sorry dialogue and a senseless story, is more likely to provoke laughs than screams from its intended audience.

October 30, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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In a cut-and-paste job more transparent than ectoplasm, Ghost Ship screenwriters Mark Hanlon and John Pogue plunder every notable horror movie from the last 30 years.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A dumb movie with dumb characters doing dumb things and you have to be really dumb not to see where this is going.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A ticket to tedium, a horror movie so devoid of horror that mouths will open wide in yawns, without a scream to be heard.

October 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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This creaking vessel of a movie can't spice a routine story with genuine horror.

October 26, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The folks at Hollywood's Dark Castle Entertainment are polluting the high seas with this dead-in-the-water combo of The Shining and Titanic.

February 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Do not board Ghost Ship.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's moody and atmospheric, with a lot of solid performances from the cast.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Three things can be counted on from Warner Bros. and Dark Castle's annual Halloween release: (1) a lot of spiffy special effects; (2) a fair amount of gore; and (3) not one single scare.

January 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

B-movies can be better than this.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

There is a sense of predictability about the film after the promising start and for all its good intentions it never takes us on board with its mish mash of ghosts, mysticism and spiritual concoction.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Beck clobbers the audience with the most gruesome prologue I have ever seen in a horror movie and then settles the story into a routine ghost story and bloody body count.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The movie has few surprises for lifelong horror fans, but it'll keep them (or us -- I count myself in their number) happily diverted for just under 90 minutes.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

Director Beck loses it, with techno-scored flashbacks (note: techno isn't scary) and blow-up-the-place gimmickry...

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Os efeitos visuais são risíveis, os diálogos são péssimos e o filme simplesmente não assusta. Em contrapartida, a trama é desenvolvida de tal maneira que jamais perdemos o interesse no que está acontecendo.

August 19, 2003
Cinema em Cena

It's a workmanlike production, with no surprises, no scares and no jokes - unless you count the demon that laments his job by saying he must gather enough souls to fill a quota.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

Director Steven Beck builds his Ghost Ship with borrowed materials from all across the cinematic sea.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

It should be mentioned that the set design and interiors of the haunted vessel are more than effectively creepy and moodily lit. So I just did.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source:

effectively keeps things suspenseful even when faced with some hoary cliches.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

As a candidate for scary-movie honors, this one hasn't a ghost of a chance.

March 14, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Ghost Ship is better than Thir13en Ghosts--but we're talking incrementally.

March 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The ship is ugly, the ghosts are boring, and the effects (with the possible exception of the cheese-cutter incident) are less than spectacular.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The setting is perfectly promising -- but this is the usual dumbed-down stuff, heading for the video bin.

January 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's clear from the outset that quality is never going to be an option...

January 26, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Ghost Ship

I dont know why but every time i watch this movie i enjoy it more and more! Its a good creepy horror that i dont think is a let down at all !
In my books it well worth a watch!
May 1, 2012
Film Crazy

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Once the protaganists got on the titiluar ship there was one massive jump that spooked me, and I was convincing myself that maybe the film wasn't as bad as everyone was saying but to my displeasure it sank my expectations completely shortly afterwards. On the positive side, the acting isn't awful and the set pieces are excellent and sometimes quite creepy. However the plot is derivative and sadly it's never as scary as it should be.
April 29, 2012
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Not to be mistaken for Val Lewton 40's film, this version is a little bit more impressive but not necessarily much better. The idea itself is brilliant, the possibilities could have been endless - a franchise could have been born, but unfortunately it wasn't to be. After a brilliant first sequence, this film just got silly, odd and down right confusing. I still don't fully understand who the bad guy was or what his point was? It looked good though!
October 25, 2011

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Can I please get one thing straight - if a film has a jumpy moment near the beginning of a film, it HAS TO KEEP TO THAT JUMPY THEME! You get one jumpy scene with a clock, then that's it folks - Ghost Ship is flawed from the start. A scene where a boat full of people are killed by a metal wire that rips them all in half? I'm sorry, but no. Just no. It didn't work and I still don't get why it had to happen or why the villain had to exist in the first place, let alone the movie.

I was told by two horror fans it was, and I quote "...alright". WRONG! It was one of the worst films I have ever seen. It seems to be suffering from what shall henceforth be known as the Paranormal Activity effect: the PA effect is where a film tries to make itself out as a good film, before failing after about 10-20 minutes (in most cases). In this film it took about 20 minutes for me to get bored and start half watching for a while until the ending.

The only major attractions of the film are the ending (after the bit that belonged in a PG or a U (to be honest, that bit was ripped off from Pokemon The First Movie!)) where you find out something that gives the film a perk towards a good horror, the brief scene of nudity and the violence. If you are the sad sort of person who only wants a little bit of violence, poorly chosen music for the setting, and A pair of breasts, then watch this.

But for those people who have taste and want to watch a good horror film, let this movie sink like the Titanic!
August 28, 2011
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