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Death Ship (1980)

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director:

Alvin Rakoff

Writers:

John Robins (screenplay), Jack Hill (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Danny Higham ... Ben Marshall
Saul Rubinek ... Jackie
Murray Cruchley Murray Cruchley ... Parsons (as Lee Murray)
Doug Smith Doug Smith ... Seaman No. 1
Anthony Sherwood ... Seaman No. 2 (as Tony Sherwood)
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Storyline

Survivors of a tragic shipping collision are rescued by a mysterious black ship which appears out of the fog. Little do they realize 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 <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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What in the living hell is on board? See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brod smrti See more »

Filming Locations:

Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,750,000, 31 December 1980
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film appearance of Sally Ann Howes. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end when Marshall jumps out of the hatch to tackle Ashland he is jumping towards the outer railing, but when the camera angle changes is movements are in the opposite direction. Even assuming the he over jumped and passed Ashland, the hatch that he jumped out of would be visible behind him, but it is not. The struggle was obviously shot at a different point along the ship than where the hatch was located. See more »

Quotes

Trevor Marshall): Where do you plan to sail her?
Ashland: Into eternity, Marshall. Eternity.
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Alternate Versions

The German TV version was cut by several minutes including nearly all scenes of violence, dead bodies and Nazi content. The old Videoversion (VPS Video) is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Great trash movie!!!
5 October 2000 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee 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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