Ghost Ship

October 25th, 2002


Ghost Ship

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A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they try to tow it back to land, that "strange things" happen...

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.3/10 (37,738 voted)

Critic's Score: 28/100

Director: Steve Beck

Stars: Julianna Margulies, Gabriel Byrne, Ron Eldard

After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre ocurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by a demonic creature.

Writers: Mark Hanlon, Mark Hanlon

Gabriel Byrne - Captain Sean Murphy
Julianna Margulies - Maureen Epps
Ron Eldard - Dodge
Desmond Harrington - Jack Ferriman
Isaiah Washington - Greer
Alex Dimitriades - Santos
Karl Urban - Munder
Emily Browning - Katie Harwood
Francesca Rettondini - Francesca
Boris Brkic - Chief Steward
Bob Ruggiero - Captain (as Robert Ruggiero)
Iain Gardiner - Purser
Adam Bieshaar - First Officer
Cameron Watt - Second Officer
Jamie Giddens - Friendly Officer

Taglines: Sea Evil


Official Website: Warner Bros | Warner Bros. [France] |

Release Date: 25 October 2002

Filming Locations: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,503,423 (USA) (27 October 2002) (2787 Screens)

Gross: $68,349,884 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The opening floor deck sequence of the film where everyone is severed in the torso area by a cable, was originally conceived to be that everyone was decapitated, but the studio didn't like the idea.

Continuity: When Epps is walking down the hall looking for Katie's room she is clearly wearing the heart necklace which she has not found yet.

[first lines]
Greer: I can't hold her much longer, Murph. Port bow is heeling. She's taking on way too much water.

User Review

‘Love Boat' out of hell!!

Rating: 6/10

I'm rather pleasantly surprised after seeing Ghost Ship…I expected it to be a lot sillier, more dumb and inferior than it actually is. Still a long way from being a good horror film but a step in the right direction, to say the least. Cast and crew paid attention to building up a horrifying atmosphere instead of attacking the audience with lame and violent killing scenes. That's an effort that gets my appreciation. The vicious opening sequence is professional horror… a scene that grabs you by the throat and demands your complete attention and curiosity for the rest of the movie. The high quality level is held up a little while longer but unfortunately it loses his grip during the second half. For as long as the mysterious, deserted ship is portrayed as a complete riddle, the film is fascinating, interesting and beautifully shot. As soon as a few plot-aspects are clarified, Ghost Ship turns into a mediocre and predictable thriller…I'm convinced that, with a slightly more intelligent script, this could have become one of the better horror-thrillers since the new Millennium. Now, it's only regarded as a reasonable and decent effort that lacks a bit of talent. Nonetheless, the settings and decors make it worth watching. The graphic decorations aren't overused, so it remains a beautiful experience to observe at least once. Gabriel Byrne is acting far below his normal standards and yet he's still great! All the other cast-members are pretty uninspired and forgettable. I'd describe Ghost Ship as a nice waste of time. If you have the opportunity, I advise you to search for an 80's horror title called `Death Ship'…a terrific piece of trash of which Ghost Ship borrowed a lot of ideas.


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