Masters of Horror: Dream Cruise
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I believe this is the second show of the series to be helmed by a Japanese director and filmed on-location in Japan, the first being last season's controversial 'Imprint.' Compared to that 'Dream Cruise' is a much more conventional horror experience, though still an effective one. If you've ever seen other Asian horror films you know how creepy vengeful spirits can be, and there's some good scares and nerve-wracking tension here. It helps that all the players are linked to the same sin, and that each has an equal chance of falling to the spirit's wrath. And if death by drowning doesn't sound pleasant to you, there's even more to be scared about.
Whereas other MoH installments have played up the camp, gore, and sex in lieu of actual scares, Dream Cruise contains little-to-none of the above but did keep me in decent suspense till the end (where admittedly, the ending gets predictable). There's no new ground broken here, but there's a satisfying evening rental and a possible spot in your horror library.
It deals with a vengeful spirit of a woman whose husband has an affair and then kills her on his boat for his new lover. She is then tossed over board and never seen again... until about a year later when all the guilty party are on the boat and 'surprisingly' the same spot where she was killed. Anyways... thats the plot jist... now lets get to the good stuff!
Shes a vengeful spirit who is looking to exact revenge upon her ex - husband, and the woman that he killed her for and the man that is sleeping with her now. (pretty screwy love triangle). Oh and I didn't mention that the man who is on the boat has a fear of water from his own brother being drowned many years before and sees his ghost haunting him too? Oh, ok... then I did now.
Without giving too much away, the scares in this one are far more abundant than any other episode thus far. It will seriously creep you out beyond no end and make you think twice about entering the water - or a bathroom. You'll know what I mean. I highly recommended it, but make sure the lights are totally off for the full effect. Why ruin a good horror moment, right?
Going into Dream Cruise I wasn't sure what to expect. Over the last couple of years the Asian ghost story has really run out of steam. Asia has a lot more to offer the horror genre, but these films are popular there and the rest of the world. It's sort of like the American slasher movie. They seemed to dominate the early to mid 80s. While there were plenty of non slasher movies it really did seem like, that's all that was out there. Filmmakers found something that worked and milked it for everything it was worth and now that has happened to the Asian ghost story.
The last few Asian ghost movies I have seen after it was over I just felt like so what? It's the same story over and over again and it really has gotten to the point to where you can't even tell these films a part, but unlike the American slasher movie, I do feel as if the Asian ghost story can still work.
Let's face it Dream Cruise doesn't really offer anything we haven't seen before. If you're well schooled on these movies you should know how this one will play out. But it's about how you take these clichés and work it. And the makers of Dream Cruise are able to take a clichéd story and sort of make it work.
Jack played by Daniel Gillies is an American businessman working in Japan; he's also having an affair with Yuri Saito played by Yoshino Kimura who's married to Eiji Saito played by the very cool Ryo Ishibashi who happens to be a client to Jack.Read more ›
The masters of Horror series brought together some of the greatest names in horror film for a TV series. Which is pretty amazing in itself, but then it started squeezing great work out of directors (Argento and Carpenter in particular) who seemed incapable of it for decades beforehand. And what a roster--Joe Dante, Takashi Miike, Don Coscarelli... Norio Tsuruta? Yep, Norio Tsuruta, who at the time he was tabbed for this was a V-cinema guy who'd theatrically released one mildly successful suspense film, <em>Premonition</em>, and one weak series entry, <em>Ring 0: Birthday</em>. So I was a bit skeptical when I turned this one on. To be fair, it was better than I expected, though if you're looking for anything groundbreaking, you're not going to find it here.
Based on a short story by <em>Ring</em> author Kôji Suzuki, <em>Dream Cruise</em>tells the tale of Jack Miller (<em>Captivity</em>'s Daniel Gillies), a lawyer who is terrified of the water thanks to the drowning death of his brother Sean (<em>Sushi King Goes to New York!</em>'s Ethan Amis) when they were children. Despite this, Jack agrees to go for an afternoon cruise with a client (<em>Audition</em>'s Ryo Ishibashi) and his wife (<em>Blindness</em>' Yoshino Kimura) in order to get a signature. But, it turns out, everyone on the ship is hiding secrets... and Jack isn't the only one haunted by them.
It's not a bad little flick, carried mostly by Gillies, Kimura, and Ishibashi's considerable acting skills, but you're probably going to be able to name every development at least five minutes before it happens.Read more ›
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nice little ghost movie i like it when good truimphs over evilPublished 12 months ago by paul rozsa
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For those who like creepy young dead boys and dead women walking funny, this is your movie. Jack is a lawyer in Japan. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by The Movie Guy
Directed by Norio Tsuruta (Premonition), Dream Cruise (2007) deals with some of the most common subjects of Japanese crime drama, murder, adultery, and revenge, and adds in the... Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by trebe
A young American lawyer living in Japan, Jack Miller, (Daniel Gillies) who is deathly afraid of the ocean and who is having an affair with a young woman, Yuri (Yoshino Kimura) is... Read morePublished on December 25, 2009 by E. Valero
Directed by Ringu helmer Norio Tsuruta, Dream Cruise is a J-horror flavored episode of Masters of Horror, which pretty much sums up all that one needs to know upon entering here. Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by N. Durham
This cliche-ridden insult to the intelligence of the viewer as well as the art of Japanese horror deserves to take its "Dream Cruise" at the bottom of the sea. Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by Ford Madox Prefect
This movie was weak and not well done. It lacked in many areas, but more specifically was not scary, was not surprising in any way, and was a waste of money (unless like me, you... Read morePublished on March 24, 2008 by Buzzyboo!