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This movie is so bad it almost becomes funny again.. I can't believe
how many moderately positive comments this movie is receiving here. If
you call yourself a movie fan, how can you keep a straight face when
watching this, let alone be amused. Every cliché of 'scary, mysterious
movies' is used here.
Pretty much everything has already been said in other comments, the Shining rip-off, the lousy acting, the predictability, the (pathetic excuses for) special effects.. I won't repeat everything again. This movie is laughably bad, in every possible way, please take this warning and don't waste your time!
Let's face it, this movie *is* a cheap shining-rip off, but somehow it
felt pleased watching it. As someone stated earlier on this board, this
is a family-friendly movie, no bad language etc, which makes it even
more suitable for TV use. This typical American TV movie format is
boring and it certainly makes it challenging for the filmmakers to do
something even remotely original. I find it hard to put into words, but
there was something quite fresh and genuine in this, I dunno if this is
a training work by someone in film school, but I must say that the
basics of story telling were all right. The film doesn't pretend to be
more than it is, the lousy cgi and a few mistakes (i think I saw the
shadow of a camera in a stairway sequence) feels OK in this type of
movies where filmmakers usually misuse their talents a lot more with
tons of low budget action sequences.
The soundscapes were sometimes a bit overdone, the sick whispering didn't leave the "walking in alone in the dark"-sequences alone for a second, with a bit more patience, silence mixed with normal sounds that one could expect to hear on a shipwreck could have been even original. I watched the movie from a Scandinavian r2 DVD edition that featured stereo ac3/dolby digital sound. Unfortunately I had to use headphones, I can't say anything about the usage of Dolby Surround.
The actors were used well, not the best ones around, but by limiting their communication to TV-series type dialog you had the characters in their right elements and on the very edge of what you can expect from them.
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'The Shining' was a truly risky idea: make the hotel an actual character, in fact the primary character containing and directing all the others. So in standard Kubrick fashion, there was a movie within a movie, the inner movie being that written and directed by the hotel.
This pale copy misses that basic core. Instead it assumes that you can build a movie around two women with nice shapes and funny faces.
Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.
Wow, Dan Cortese can act! Who knew? I usually change the channel when I
a made-for-TV movie, but this one really caught my eye.
Maybe it had to do with the fact that I've always found the whole Bermuda Triangle mystery very interesting. I also found Luke Perry's character (the guy who's always in it for the bounty) pretty good. This movie reminded me of the "Poseidon Adventure". Old ships and Sea ghosts always freak me out.
Any movie that involves science fiction or any kind of mysticism must have complete accuracy in the parts of the film that use actual history as support of the plot. This film immediately ran into trouble when they referred to the lost British ocean liner as "HMS" Queen of Scots. Any screenwriter capable of selling a script to a major network such as TBS should know that "HMS" refers to British warships. The liner should have been "RMS" for Royal Mail Steamship. Also, they referred to the ship being lost before WWII in "October" of 1939. Hello! WWII began on September 1st, 1939! Aside from those terrible errors the film was a complete bomb. The acting was almost shockingly bad. Luke Perry looked aged and bored. Dan Cortese should have stayed at MTV. The final scene with the liner catching fire and sinking in about 30 seconds was perhaps the worst special effect I've ever seen on TV. 80,000 tons of metal just sinking in 30 seconds. Sure. I still can hardly believe how awful this film was. Man the lifeboats on this one!
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I think most fans of the Ghost or Haunting genre love the idea of a Haunted Ship. Today is the premiere of Ghost Ship, and it will probably be pretty silly. For some unknown reason, I have never seen anyone do a good Haunted Ship movie. Many of them have been done, and I have seen all the ones that I have known of. They always end up being silly and dumb. In theory, considering that thousands of people have died on the oceans of the world, a Haunted Ship sounds like a good idea. But then it is the details that torpedo the stories. Like dealing with silly ghosts who were passengers on a haunted ship. Why are a few still on the ship, and the rest are gone? Why are the ghosts bad? Why is the ship haunted? Why are they taking it out on the people who land on the Haunted Ship? And is the Haunted Ship for real? After all, if some ship were sailing around for 60 years, someone would have seen it and salvaged it? And if the ship is a ghost also, then how can real live people walk around on it and turn on the engines? Are they in a trance? Maybe they are still on their own boat. Was it all a bad nightmare? Then how come most of the landing party got killed? The Haunted Ship stories lack an identifiable villain. Who is the evil presence? It cannot be the ship itself, after all, what kind of ship would want to sink?? So did some Evil take over the ship or the crew?? It always ends up being a fuzzy theory, and thus these kind of movies are usually disappointing. Spoilers: The acting is not bad compared to other Haunted Ship movies. The Special Effects are cheesy even for TV. The people that get killed either die out of sight from the camera or in the shadows or else with a special effect that might have been used in a 1950s movie. These folks were really cheap on the special effects and gore. This is more like a "Dark Shadows" soap opera about a Haunted Ship. Overall, it was not bad. It could have been a pretty good movie.
The film concerns about a friends group(Luke Perry,Dan Cortese,David
Hewlett) undergoing their annual journey ,they're going fishing.Luke
Perry also brings his fiancée,Polly Shannon.They're suffering money
problems and hire an old yacht from Dorian Harewood and Olivia Dábo.The
small boat crew enter into a thick flog and after encounter themselves
the HMS Queen of Scots,a passenger luxury liner ,disappeared in 1939 at
a remote region of the Bermudas triangle,nowadays is floating drift.The
mysterious vessel is lost at sea for more than 50 years.But one time
aboard the cavernous,eerie ship, the group encounter that the decaying
Oceaner liner is anything but deserted.When a series of bizarre
occurrences happen and the crew becomes trapped inside the luxury
cruise ,they soon learn is inhabited by haunting previous crew.
The picture contains,scary suspense, terror,tension and is quite entertaining.Deserted ship is portrayed as a complete riddle with screams and grisly horrifying.The movie paid attention to building up a terrifying atmosphere instead of violent and stabbing killing spree.The action takes place into a rusty ship wreck though exteriorly is made by computer generator,as usual.The argument isn't original but it's being gradually revealed with nutty enchantment ,a ¨The shinning(Kubrick)¨ style and it attracts viewer's attention.The picture is starred by usual television actors,making a fine performances: Luke Perry(Beverly Hills),Dan Cortese(Melroe Place),David Hewlett(Stargate Atlantis),Polly Shannon(Femme Nikita),Olivia DÁbo(Wonderful years),Dorian Harewood(China beach).If you're enthusiastic of the mystery tales and B films,so you'll encounter this picture to be agreeable.If your interest lies on a more cerebral terror movie,then I highly recommend you skip this one.This TV movie is rightly directed by Lewis Teague, during the 8os,he was a successful director(Jewel of Nile,Cujo Alligator),but nowadays he only makes television series(Nash Bridges,Dukes of Hazzard:the reunion,OP center).The high box-office ¨Ghost Ship¨(2002 by Steve Beck with Gabriel Byrne and Julianna Margules)rips off images and scenes of this television movie.The film is recommended for all horror lovers which will find many nice eerie shots though not very logical but still their appetite for gruesome scenes will be satisfied.
Haha, I just wanted to write that tagline. But now that I've started...
It really did, this movie scared me, but really any thriller/horror would. For a TV movie this was very well done, good suspense, great shots of the boat, and everything looked "real," as they didn't resort to many cheesy effects. I mainly watched this for Luke Perry as I am on a binge to watch everything he's been in, and although I am more into his cool Dylan character, he played the happy friendly Stu pretty well, too.
Also, the way this movie was shot, it was interesting that it wasn't focused on one main character. Most movies stay on one person or two main characters usually. In this movie, everyone turned into a principle for their scenes, it was interesting.
It is definitely a fun ride if you are into don't-take -it-too-seriously TV horrors. I recommend.
Basically this is the Shining on a boat with a predictable plot. It does
have a couple of startling moments but mostly it is pretty lame. I cannot
say any of the actors really distinguished themselves.
Overall, it was an amusing waste of a couple of hours.
This is one of the worst films I've ever seen. Think "The Shining" but on a hulk of an abandoned ocean liner encountered by 5 or 6 hapless idiots "fishing" in the Bermuda Triangle. Witness Luke Perry put on his "evil" face! Witness Olivia d'Abo lose all credibility! Witness "Deep Rising" being plagiarized! (never thought I'd see that). Also witness that hilarious ending, abrupt and out-of-place.
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