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Director:
Writers:
John Robins (screenplay)
Jack Hill (story) ...
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Release Date:
7 March 1980 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Those who survive the ghost ship are better off dead! See more »
Plot:
Survivors of a tragic shipping collision are rescued by a mysterious black ship which appears out of the fog... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Kennedy ... Captain Ashland

Richard Crenna ... Trevor Marshall

Nick Mancuso ... Nick

Sally Ann Howes ... Margaret Marshall

Kate Reid ... Sylvia
Victoria Burgoyne ... Lori
Jennifer McKinney ... Robin Marshall
Danny Higham ... Ben Marshall

Saul Rubinek ... Jackie
Murray Cruchley ... Parsons (as Lee Murray)

Doug Smith ... Seaman No. 1
Tony Sherwood ... Seaman No. 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Semple ... Strangled Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Alvin Rakoff 
 
Writing credits
John Robins (screenplay)

Jack Hill (story) and
David P. Lewis (story)

Produced by
Derek Gibson .... producer
Harold Greenberg .... producer
Larry Nesis .... associate producer (as Larry Nessis)
 
Original Music by
Ivor Slaney 
 
Cinematography by
René Verzier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mike Campbell 
 
Production Design by
Chris Burke 
 
Art Direction by
Michel Proulx 
 
Makeup Department
Pierre David .... hairdresser
Joan Isaacson .... makeup artist
Huguette Roy .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Michael Bennett .... unit manager: USA
Adrian Hughes .... production supervisor
Roger Héroux .... production manager (as Roger Heroux)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Braive .... assistant director
Pedro Gandol .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Frances Calder .... props buyer
Pierre Gelinas .... assistant art director
Jim Hodgson .... props buyer
David Phillips .... props
Norman Simpson .... props master
Andre Brochu .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Appleby)
Henri Blondeau .... sound mixer
Terry Burke .... post-synchronisation sound effects
Steven Cole .... sound effects assistant (as Steve Cole)
Austin Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Malcolm .... post-synchronisation sound effects
Normand Mercier .... boom operator
Michele Moses .... sound effects assistant
William Trent .... sound effects editor (as Bill Trent)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Albrechtsen .... special effects (as Mike Albrechtsen)
Peter Hughes .... special effects
 
Stunts
Grant Page .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Benison .... photographer: second unit
Michel Paul Bélisle .... gaffer (as Michel-Paul Belisle)
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Greg Daniels .... best boy
Denis Gingras .... camera assistant
Paul Gravel .... camera assistant
Frank Lenk .... camera operator
André Ouellette .... camera grip (as Andre Oullette)
John Palmer .... camera operator
Norman Smith .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Ingrid Fischer .... casting: Canada
Victoria Mitchell .... casting: Canada
Anna St. Johns .... casting: U.K.
Sue Stone .... casting: U.K.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul-André Guérin .... costumer
Gaudeline Sauriol .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Greg Glynn .... editing assistant
Yurij Luhovy .... editing assistant
Jean-Pol Passet .... editing assistant
 
Other crew
Victoria Barney .... production assistant: USA
Joy Berger .... unit publicist
Jean Louis Bibeau .... technical advisor
Monique Brasseur .... production assistant
Don Carmody .... production executive
Micheline D'Andre .... production assistant
Michael Dalling .... unit publicist
Andre Genest .... advisor: German memorabilia
Shirley Gill .... production accountant
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Nancy Mayer .... production assistant: USA
Dave Novak .... unit publicist
Captain Pelletier .... technical advisor
June Randall .... script supervisor
Jacques Vezina .... technical advisor
Leon Vezina .... technical advisor
Linda Browne .... script supervisor trainee (uncredited)
 
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91 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (1988) | Finland:(Banned) (1980) | France:-12 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1980-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2007) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
The film was "scripted by cult director Jack Hill and David P. Lewis, but attributed to John Robins for Canadian movie business reasons" according to 'The Spinning Image' website.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Trevor Marshall):Where do you plan to sail her?
Ashland:Into eternity, Marshall. Eternity.
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33 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Worse things happen at sea!, 13 October 2002
Author: CJL from London, England

I first began my relationship with "Death Ship" when I were a lad growing up in the Heart of England - we had a little video library in our village that had quite a nice selection of horrors and I was always fascinated by the garish, ghoulish box art... Oh, and there were few as ghoulish as the spooky cover of "Death Ship", which I vividly remember recreating with pencil sketches in my schoolbooks. We rented it and I have VERY vague recollections of it not being very good but I never got round to see it as an adult. When the video certification act came to pass in 1984, "Death Ship" (rated X) was removed from the shelves, never to be released again in the UK. Which brings us to the present day - after all these years, I finally score a copy by chance, excitedly bring it home and, with a set belief in my mind that it's going to be a huge disappointment and a rubbish movie, I line up the alcoholic anathestic and push the tape into the cringing VCR... To my surprise, "Death Ship" turns out to be a winner! In fact, I'd file it quite high up in my "Lost Gems" folder - quite why this one has been resigned to the Dustbin of History and the Golden Turkey awards is beyond me. I was greatly impressed!

The plot is reasonably simple but inarguably bizarre. In the opening scenes, a luxury cruise ship packed with holidaymakers collides with some kind of ghastly black vessel in the middle of the ocean. The cruiser sinks, killing almost everyone on board. There are only about eight survivors who sit floating in a lifeboat, waiting for someone to come and rescue them... Unfortunately the only sign of life for miles is this horrific looking black ship that's just lingering ominously in the ocean. The cruiser's curmudgeonly Captain (George Kennedy) is becoming increasingly ill, having nearly drowned, so the group of survivors decide that they will have to board the evil looking vessel in order to get food, drink and shelter. It doesn't take long to find that the ship is completely deserted and, although no one can rationalise how or why, it seems to be running itself! Worse still, we start to see through a series of unusual events (ie: people being hit over the head with flying objects, doors locking folks in spooky old rooms) that the ship appears to want its new passengers offboard as soon as possible.

It's all quite "Twilight Zone" to begin with but as the film moves along, it gets increasingly horrific and frenzied, hurtling towards a (quite literally) crushing climax. The film is shot mostly onboard the ship and it's a wonderfully unpleasant set. From the moment they first board and get covered with oil and grease, you can virtually smell the rust on the ancient machinery and, as it develops, the stench of putrefaction. Oh, and THE SMELL OF FEAR (oh c'mon, it's a George Kennedy movie, I had to make at least one "Naked Gun" joke!)... Seriously though, it's clearly low budget, but I really enjoyed the rough and raw directorial style - the darkness and the frequent use of shaky, hand-held camera angles and really lend it an air of madness and menace. I felt the energy of the direction coupled with such genuinely ugly and sinister set pieces combined to create a very unique atmosphere that is, from start to finish, thoroughly unpleasant. There are certain scenes, mostly in the chaotic second half, which just make your skin crawl - the murder scenes aren't particularly *gory* as such, but they're shot in such a feverish manner as to prove really quite unsettling indeed. When the real identity of the ship is finally revealed and we discover what befell of the 'crew', it's an almighty suckerpunch and, again, the use of maniacal camera-work and some utterly disgusting sets just add to the overall effect.

As I said before, I can't understand why "Death Ship" gets such a bad rap. As a haunted house movie, it's one of the better ones I've seen - on top of the rabid direction and deathlike atmosphere, we even have some real quality actors in this one (Kennedy is particularly menacing as the cruiser Captain whom the death ship begins to drive slowly mad) *AND* a cracking script to boot. The storyline moves at just the right pace (the first half builds up creepily and then the second one is a breakneck descent into the inferno) and it's unusual enough to make "Death Ship" an extremely memorable horror movie. I'd give this one an easy 8 out of 10 on the Horror-O-Meter. If you can find a copy, it's well worth seeing!

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