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A grim trip to sea worth your time..,
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This review is from: Deathship [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Scorpion Releasing continues with their next exciting genre release, this time a real classic in the form of a lesser known violent ghost story at sea, Death Ship.
Featuring the always welcome George Kennedy (whom would go on to further 80s horror fare - see the excellent Just Before Dawn) and the ever familiar Richard Crenna, this is a very original horror movie which tells the tale of a group of shipwrecked survivors that happen upon a rusted out old abandoned ship from the 1930's. They go aboard, as it seems like a chance for survival from the open sea, but they soon realize they are in far more danger on the Death Ship!
While low on atmosphere, this film still does have some - and it's effective. The Nazi element is unsettling and gives cause to the paranormal violence that the survivors have to face. There is a quite memorable scene with the beautiful Victoria Burgoyne in the shower, when a large amount of blood ruins her day. Pretty awesome.
Filming a horror movie on the open sea is always an effective way to set up tension, as established early on with Jaws and other films ad nauseum. However, with Death Ship there is an extra sense of dread in that this time the threat is of a paranormal nature AND you cannot escape because there is still the threat of being lost at sea. In other words, where it lacks in atmosphere Death Ship makes up for in overall dread and fear. Plus, you get a decidedly dark performance from George Kennedy than you are probably used to. Overall though a really great "haunted-house-on-a-boat" spook fest that boasts some cool practical effects and decent scares. Definitely a midnight movie.
I have not seen the DVD so cannot compare - I have the Blu Ray, and it looks excellent. Death Ship was a great choice for Scorpoin Releasing's first Blu Ray release.
On a side note, while not advertised on the cover this time, Death Ship is the latest film to be released under the Katarina's Nightmare Theater line of genre horror releases. It contains both the regular film and the version that she opens and closes. She is silly and charming as usual.
Great buy for 70s/80s horror enthusiasts.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2013 7:38:15 AM PST
Charles Lecuyer says:
Excellent review...couldn't agree with you more about Scorpion Releasing's great pick for choosing this film and releasing this long-awaited obscure gem...in HD to boot!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 7:52:58 AM PST
Gerry Hathaway says:
Appreciate your kind words and I'm in full agreement.
I hope they (and the wonderful Scream/Shout! Factory) continue to release these forgotten gems for us horror fans that pretty much already have all the previously available classics!
Posted on Jan 20, 2013 4:49:37 AM PST
Thank you for your entertaining --- helpful --- review!
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