Tales of the Black Freighter (2009)

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A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost.


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Credited cast:
The Sea Captain (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Money Lender (voice)
Ridley (voice)
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A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost.

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24 March 2009 (USA)  »

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Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood  »

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Originally intended to be featured within the Watchmen (2009) film, but removed once the time span of the film began pushing 3 hours. See more »


The Sea Captain: God has damned me. God has damned us all. Truly, life is hell, and death's rough hand her only deliverance.
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Edited into Watchmen (2009) See more »


Pirate Jenny
Written by Marc Blitzstein, Berthold Brecht, and Kurt Weill
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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nice little slice of alan moore
18 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So I haven't seen The Watchmen yet, nor have I read the graphic novel.

This was a very cool, well done little piece of psychological horror.

In the vein of Hitchcock or The Twilight Zone with copious amounts of blood and gore, and with pirates. There is a very nice sense of tension throughout the story and there are more than a few shocking moments.

Even though animated, I still found myself unintentionally cringing at some points. The animation is done well, I'm glad its not done in an Anime style. It reminded me a little of Ralph Bakshi which was nice and the twist or climax at the end left me satisfied.

I will definitely be recommending this to everyone I know. Especially the ones who enjoyed The Watchmen. I was planning on seeing it soon and this has certainly added to my anticipation. But whether Watchmen turns out to be awesome or not, this is a great piece of animation and absolutely stands on its own. Even if you didn't like the movie this was extracted from you should check this out.

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