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Death Ship (1980)

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Complete credited cast:
Captain Ashland
Trevor Marshall
Margaret Marshall
Victoria Burgoyne ...
Jennifer McKinney ...
Robin Marshall
Danny Higham ...
Ben Marshall
Murray Cruchley ...
Parsons (as Lee Murray)
Seaman No. 1
Seaman No. 2 (as Tony Sherwood)


Survivors of a tragic shipping collision are rescued by a mysterious black ship which appears out of the fog. Little do they realise that the ship is actually a Nazi torture ship which has sailed the seas for years, luring unsuspecting sailors aboard and killing them off one by one. Written by Jonathon Dabell <>

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Those who survive the ghost ship are better off dead! See more »


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Release Date:

7 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Cauchemar nazi  »

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CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)

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Actor Nick Mancuso portrayed a character, Nick, who had the same first name as his own. See more »


When the group first comes up upon the ship after it sunk the cruise ship, you see one of the windows open up, you can clearly see a person's arm when he opens the window, it is supposed to be opened by a ghost, which it clearly isn't. See more »


[on collision course with the titular ship]
Ashland: Signal him to alter course.
Seaman No. 1: I already have, sir.
Ashland: Well, signal him again, damnit.
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Edited from King Kong (1976) See more »

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Great trash movie!!!
5 October 2000 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Atrocious acting,nonsensical script,very low production values:all these elements can be found in Alvin Rakoff's "Death Ship".So why am I not going to trash this little movie?It's simple,I really like this film for those very reasons.It is everything low-budget horror movie should be,yet still manages to tell its story and generate a considerable amount of unease and dread.A cruise ship is destroyed by another ship(the Death Ship),killing most of the crew.The few survivors of the crash,who include the captain(George Kennedy from "Creepshow 2" or "Just Before Dawn"),a family of four and some others,decide that it would be a good idea to board the same ship that crashed their cruise ship.The death ship then starts killing its new victims.Despite so many bad comments "Death Ship" is still watchable.It has some really creepy scenes and memorable moments.Yes,the film doesn't make very much sense,but that's not what director Alvin Rakoff intended.Instead he puts together nightmarish sequences surrounded by an eerie sounds.You have to be a real horror fan to fully appreciate "Death Ship".Check this one out,it's pretty good.Highly recommended.

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