Information Exchange => Reader Comments => Topic started by: stavner on January 25, 1999, 11:21:50 PM

Title: Death Ship
Post by: stavner on January 25, 1999, 11:21:50 PM
So was the guy having the old Nazi propaganda film projected onto him end up trapped in the film forever, or what really did happen to him?

Title: Death Ship
Post by: on January 25, 1999, 11:21:50 PM
Hehehehe!  No, that was Nick being projected on.  He drowns in the cargo hold about two minutes later.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Warren H. on February 16, 1999, 01:01:24 PM
Mein Gott! What a crappy movie!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Jonathon Dabell on March 02, 1999, 09:48:24 AM
This was a pretty awful movie, but it was also bloody hilarious.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: KennyB on March 08, 1999, 10:31:07 AM
Yes, this movie has some funny (and glaring) bloopers in it, but hey, it's a horror movie, that's part of the fun.  Overall, though, I thought the scenes on the haunted ship to be creepy and atmospheric.  If only they'd wrapped that cool atmosphere around a script that made sense! It's a shame this one isn't more liked, because the whole "ghost ship" genre has been greatly underused by horror/suspense film makers.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: on May 15, 2000, 10:22:30 AM
I have mixed feelings about this movie.  On one hand the atmosphere could be good, on the other hand, the movie blows ass.  The only part I liked was Mancuso getting drowned in the cargo hold.  Otherwise, ugh.  George Kennedy stole my soul.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Anonymous on April 08, 1999, 11:52:42 AM
This movie isn't all that bad.  I also don't know why you hate George Kennedy so much.  I always found him to be so bad he's good.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: NetFrog Alpha on April 10, 1999, 11:31:17 AM
There was definitely something going on in this movie, but for the most part it was actually pretty boring. I found the atmosphere generated by the haunted ship to be pretty creepy, and the Nazi undertones added to that effect. On a somewhat similar note, the newer film "Virus" was far too much like this film to be of any value. If you see this, skip "Virus."

Title: Death Ship
Post by: J-Nator on June 22, 1999, 11:41:29 PM
This movie IS stupid, however, I do think the haunted atmosphere and the Nazi overtones are creepy as hell. This movie creeped me out a little when I first saw it about 12 years ago, the repetitive shots of the hydrolics stayed with me I think. But the characters are all idiots, save for the head guy who actually gives a believable performance as a man who is trying to save his family. The swarmy comedian deserved a worse death, and, if I was to ever board a haunted Nazi ship that is obviously trying to kill me and others, I like to think that I would avoid DRINKING IT'S WATER AND EATING IT'S 40 YEAR OLD FOOD!!!
also: have fun counting the number of times the phrase "We have to get off this ship!" is said

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Squishy on July 16, 1999, 03:42:30 AM
Watch for the woman drowning in blood in the shower; moments later, Kennedy is seen carting away AN INFLATABLE LOVE DOLL COVERED WITH RED PAINT under one arm, which is supposed to be her body! Oh, MERCY!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Ian C. on July 18, 1999, 10:58:47 AM
This movie was fairly bad until Crenna and Mancuso found the Nazi room.  For a short time the film actually scared me.  Did someone else direct those 5 minutes?

Title: Death Ship
Post by: on August 27, 1999, 06:54:00 AM
I saw this on TV about 15 years ago and remember it being hilarious because it was so bad. Where can I get a copy to re-live this moment (seriously!!).

Title: Death Ship
Post by: on October 02, 1999, 12:37:15 AM
I have felt for years that this film is the absolutely worst, most unwatchable movie I have ever seen.
It came on TV in the late 80's a couple of times and I just could'nt sit through the whole thing .
The whole humourless atmophere of this film made me sick . The Nazi theme was just a cheap means of adding some sence of horror an already dismal excuse of a film.
I absolutely HAVE to see this film again . Next time I'll make myself see it in its entirety !

Title: Death Ship
Post by: on January 07, 2000, 08:57:25 AM
I recently saw this movie on video ($2 weekly) after seeing it as a late night movie last year
Things that annoy me about Death Ship:
-why are the kids in a different cabin to the parents? The parents are already convinced that the Captain is insane
-why doesn't the sister make that annoying boy take a leak in the hallway?
-why doesn't the Captain kill the two kids when he sees them in the hallway? He's already proved that he's pretty evil
Also, in the scene where Nick is having the Nazi film projected onto him and the good captain is trying to demolish the projector - why don't they look behind them and look for another projector?
I was also grossed out by the woman kissing that latex mask...but that's just me

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Mureed Ahmad on January 13, 2000, 07:38:46 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA this movie.. i saw it 14 years ago.. i remember crackin up as a 8 yr old.. HAHAHA

Title: Death Ship
Post by: on February 13, 2000, 05:00:52 PM
s**t, I love this movie!! It's one hell of a crap film. I like the scene where this old lady eats some candy. I think it's  always a bad idea to eat some old s**t you find on a rusty ghost ship! I have a copy of this movie and I'm proud of it!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Tony on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Well I finally tracked down a copy of this movie, I have been looking for it forever. I love this movie. Just a couple of days ago I bought the new movie "Ghost Ship" that too was a really great movie, quite similar in some ways. Neither movie is what I would call scary, but they have a certain attractive creepiness to them that catches my attention.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: John Liberatore on June 15, 2000, 09:29:55 PM
This movie was RETARDED

Title: Death Ship
Post by: John Liberatore on July 29, 2000, 12:36:58 PM
HA!! I didn't bother to look at the back to see who was in it. But when I saw GEORGE KENNEDY in the opening credits I knew I was in for a STINKER!! This movie sucks.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Chadzilla on August 20, 2000, 03:32:46 PM
My wife bought me a copy of this on video because I had never seen it and it looked spooky to her.  It certainly is cheap and stupid, but the premise is, admittedly, a pretty darn good one.  Nancy Holder wrote a fairly decent Ghost Ship novel called Dead in the Water the used a very similiar plotline to this movie.  Granted she also had characters and storylines, which this movie does not.  Great set though, obviously some producer had a friend with a spare ship or something and they said, "Let's make a haunted ship movie!" and made it up as they went along.  The highest praise for this skull rated movie is that it has made me hungry to watch Shock Waves again, now THAT is a great Haunted Nazi Ship movie!  Review that one Andrew, please.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Absinthe on September 07, 2000, 09:55:56 PM
This movie was so bad, my brain hurt after I saw it. I just kept thinking "why was this made, why, why does someone wish me to go through this torture?" I still don't understand, I probably never will.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Foy on September 15, 2000, 11:02:03 AM
Oh God.  This movie totally sucks.  Did anybody else notice that propaganda film with the little man dancing and singing on the piano was in English?  I thought it was a Nazi interrogation ship, and I was under the impression that Germans spoke German.  Maybe I was wrong.  Overall, watching this movie is a scarring blistering experience.  My friend has the movie poster, if that matters.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: gene on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
i was eight years of age  when i saw this film, late at night, on my own, i was fascinated at the time by the shots of the engine room and the shot of the front of the ship cutting through the water, actually these scenes have lodged themselves somewhere in my brain and pop back from time to time, i hadn't a clue what it was about other than a ship killing people...i got the video out recently 19  years later, and liked it in a nostalgic kinda way.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Paul Westbrook on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I have this film at home. Death Ship really isn't that bad of a movie. It might even be considered a classic of B- Moviedom. Still, the acting is that of an amateurish level.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Ragdoll on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This movie was ultimately horrendous!  From the bad acting, to the bad the bad script.  The screen writer should be shot!!!  George Kennedy is one of the worst actors I've ever seen.  Whatever money that was spent on this movie, would have been used better if it was thrown overboard, at least it wouldn't have gotten spent on that oh-so-obvious blow-up doll).  I give this movie a -1 out of 10.  Even for a B-movie, it's craptastic.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Ryan on December 05, 2000, 05:27:24 PM
This movie was good and bad in my oppinion i thinks that the people who say this movie sucks only say that after it was all pointed out waching it every once in while i think its realy not that bad and it dosent deserve the skull one slime at the most!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: ALEX CLARKE on December 22, 2000, 04:06:18 PM
This is without doubt one of the finest films ever made.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Daniel Wright on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Did the German navy make childsize uniforms?

Also did anyone notice the fact that even though the
Captain is wounded and out cold no one bothers to change him out his filthy and soaked clothing?

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Nightflyer on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
It was a 80's film, it was pretty good for the time it was made. I actually loved it growing up, so much so that I've started writting a sequal script myself.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Macabre Matt on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I love this film, it's one of my wife's all time favorites! It's similar to "Shock Waves" which was released in 1975, starring Peter Cushing and John Carradine. She also like's Lucio Fulci's "House by the Cemetary" can you review this one, please?

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Aaron on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I watched this movie once when i was on a 'B-grade' Horror flick movie kick. I thought it might actually be cool. It wasn't.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Hajiv on May 28, 2001, 10:57:45 PM
After watching this movie, I feel ashamed to be a part of humankind.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: GoBulls on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This movie wasn't that bad...My friend said it was the WORST MOVIE EVER, but like it wasn't THAT bad...It had it's moments and made some sense...But yeah i guess overall it really wasn't that great...but not as bad as some of ya'll makin it seem. Lori's kinda good looking too, so that's a plus, see! haha

Title: Death Ship
Post by: johnny on July 09, 2001, 01:10:52 PM
Death Ship changed my life and we will all never be the same...long live the death ship! if anyone has a signed photo of george kennedy from this movie e-mail me, i will pay obsene amounts of money! the only things missing from death ship were slats and arnold brownswegger. the convincing special affects and great editing make this film a horror classic! All hail the death ship! : )

Title: Death Ship
Post by: last voyage 1960 on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
The clip that you have showing the "international date line" where the ships are day and nite includes the engine room flooding scene from "The Last Voyage" (1960).  In that movie, they were trying to stabilize the bulkhead with timbers, and in this scene, as the water floods in, you can see the timbers falling away.

However, I too saw this movie quite a long time ago.  As one of those movies that they used to play on tv late at night, your mind is always in just the right mode for this type of movie.  And for that, I like the movie. Reminds me when I was a kid and stayed up way beyond when I should have!!!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: DevilDoll on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This movie is one of the main reasons my best friend and I have drug-and-alcohol issues. We saw it on late-night TV in '91 when we were about 13 or so, in a haze of THC and vodka, and spent the whole time chasing each other around, screeching "No one leaves my ship!" and howling with laughter. Shortly thereafter, I showed up at her house again, dressed up in pirate garb with a rented copy of this wretched flick under my arm. After being locked outside with her neighbors snickering for about 15 minutes, she relented & let me in, only after I promised more vodka. Still, this terrible flick is solid gold crap! I wish I had a copy.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Greyfox on October 12, 2001, 04:05:55 PM
I saw this film in the theatre some 20+ years ago--what I most strongly recall is that this was the only film I have EVER walked out on.  It was truely awful.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Thomas on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Well sue me, but I like this film, for whatever reasons… It just showed recently on cable TV in my neck of woods, though I saw it when it first came out, when I was a wee lad, and later at the Cinémathèque. The guy who mentioned "Virus" is right, though in "Virus" — which is much, much worse than this mother — they also blatantly ripped off "Moontrap". When a 50 millions dollars movies rips off two B-movies which,wouldn't come near a tenth of of the bill — TOGETHER ! — you know you're in trouble…

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Rodrigo Rosa on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Well, it's not a good movie, but touched me has good actors, a razonable story...but the movie could be better.
Death Ship, 7 out of 10.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Drew Bergstrom on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I read your review of this film, and remembering it fondly from my youth, ended my session thinking you were, to put it mildly, "lame".

I am SO sorry.  I rented a copy from Blockbuster (knowing they have all the new crap, but figuring they wouldn't stock a film THIS bad), and took it home.

OH MY GOD! My eyes were burning after only a few moments of mind-numbing, sense-shattering. . . nothing.

I have now come to grips with the fact that I was very, VERY, stupid child

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Markus Kangas on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I liked the film - knowing its a B-movie to begin with - and
think its better than some of its competition such as the Devil's Triangle (another good George Kennedy flick whoohoo!)

Title: Death Ship
Post by: psycho path on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Pretty funny movie,but can get pretty creepy at times!


Title: Death Ship
Post by: Private Joker on March 02, 2002, 04:42:28 PM
Are the only good movies George Kennedy is in the Naked Gun series and Cool Hand Luke?  It seems all his others make the guy who runs this site want to kick his butt into next century.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: AlphaWoolf on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Yes, this movie is bad, but as others have said this movie definitely has something working in its favor.  The concept and atmosphere are pretty creepy, until we near the end of the film and George Kennedy literally blows the film out of the water with his overacting.  This movie made me realize that the concept is not too far out of reality - the Germans, Japanese, and even the British operated "death ships" in a few instances (nothing like the long-term carnage implied by this movie, though) during WWII.  I'll chalk this one up as an interesting failure.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Jaygrob on October 11, 2002, 07:11:28 AM
I am deeply upset that this film is a bag of turd. I remember watching this years ago as a nipper and being petrified. gutted.....Is Death Boat, out soon a remake?

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Peter Krug on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I am in total agreement with you. Let me just say, my standards for movies are some of the lowest you'll ever find, so when I think a movie is bad, you know it's BAD. One of the dullest "horror" movies ever made. Let's just hope the new film, "Ghost Ship", is better. (Actually, that shouldn't be too hard to do.)  

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Anon on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
This was one of the most boring movies I ever paid money to see.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Jade G on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM

Death Ship is the best movie in the world.  It has been a favourite of mine since early childhood.  My mother made me watch it when I was 5 and since then have been addicted to it.  I lost my copy several years ago and was forced to go without Death Ship and it was a hard time for me.  Thank God for the internet!!
To all the other Death Ship fans out there:  Give me a bell!!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I don't know whatthe big fuse is over this movie, as I thought it was pretty good!...... I know bad films,and this one doesn't rank as one of those.... It may confuse you at times, but it's not bad.... Love actress VICTORIA Burgoyne in the shower scene!!!!!!...

Title: Death Ship
Post by: javi on January 06, 2003, 08:49:31 AM
Es una pelicula genial, te mantiene en tensión en todo momento, mucho mejor que la de ghost ship, y contando que esta tiene 22 años menos. La volvería a ver

Title: Death Ship
Post by: BryceDavid on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I saw Death Ship as a double feature 20 years ago. I thought it was a dreadful film. This is one of them Canadian Tax shelter movies (BTW, I'm Canadian). The stock footage of the sinking ship has to be one of the worst use of stock footage ever. That sequence is in B&W, for crying out loud. Everything is bad in DS. And it's EXTREMELY ugly. But as bad as it is (and it is BAD) the film does leave you with a lasting impression. It's such an ugly looking film that it's almost unique in its ugliness.

BTW, Hollywood just released a big budget "copy" of Death Ship called Ghost Ship. Something tells me this film won't be as memorable as Death Ship. LOL!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: AlphaWoolf on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Okay, so this is an aweful movie, punctuated by George Kennedy's bizarre overacting (especially at the end).  And yet, it has a certain atmosphere that makes it memorable to me after watching it many years ago.  The concept of a floating Nazi concentration camp is extremely creepy - I guess it needs a better movie to give it life.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Tom on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I had seen this as a child and it cought my attenion, back in '96 I was able to buy a copy for $2.00 from an old video store.  A bit cheesy but interesting and fun to watch. I never knew that so many people hated it so much.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: al on September 28, 2005, 06:48:32 PM
I liked it. I`d buy a copy if I could one. Sorry.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Eichmann on February 12, 2005, 09:36:22 PM
I saw this at a drive-in in 1980 or 1981.  Still remember all the teeth.  Spooky.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Mike on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
A classic film, a night on the booze just would not be complete without films like this to watch. Now on my second VHS copy and have even made a copy to DVD to preserve I would like to point out at this time that I am a very strange person.
I just love the idea of a blood hungry Nazi ship sailing the high seas.  

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Mateo Ceres on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
First off, I live on a small island in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. The local TV station aired this movie when I was 10 years old. I can honestly say that for a 10 year old, the script, acting and yes, even George Kennedy were scary as hell!
The shower and fishnet scene are forever burned in my brain. I might be biased because of my age when I saw it (I have never watched the movie since, but for me, Death ship is the best damn horror movie ever made!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: Arm Commander on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
What do I see, my Seadogs? A George Kennedy Movie! It must be sunk into the Deep Hell of the Inferno, and hope it won't ever rise from the watery grave ever again! Fire your cannons, swashbucklers. No one ever messes with the Arm Commander or the Pyrates!

Title: Death Ship
Post by: moviecollector on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Wow! I was about to go to Ebay & buy this as a "blind buy."

But yesterday, I decided to go to a video/dvd/cd exchange place & found this for only $2

I had to buy it & am proud to have it in my video collection.
Its a cheesefest, but I love these kinds of movies.

I do got to thank this site for giving it such a funny review, same with THE CHILDREN & FUTURE FORCE - 2 other bad classics that are reviewed here & that I also bought from that same store.   :)

I can't wait for DEATH SHIP 2: STILL CHUGGIN' ALONG.    

Title: Death Ship
Post by: F on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
"This ship needs blood, Marshall!"

George Kennedy in a Nazi uniform was a sight to see, and it had a few other laughs.

Title: Death Ship
Post by: John Dashwood on September 03, 2006, 04:52:25 PM
Say what you want. Nazi were damn good cooks! Dressed sharp too.

Title: Re: Death Ship
Post by: Barfoclop on January 26, 2007, 10:19:34 AM
Anyone notice that "Nazi" jacket Kennedy was wearing had an Eastern Airlines logo on it?

Wow, was this film bad... but in a good-bad way.

Title: Re: Death Ship
Post by: Joe the Destroyer on January 27, 2007, 01:26:24 AM
God help me!  I actually enjoyed this flick!

Title: Re: Death Ship
Post by: nooly on February 06, 2007, 05:27:52 PM
now that was a bad movie... sometimes i couldn't believe my eyes... and when i thought i was about to get bored, something funny came up =)

Title: Re: Death Ship
Post by: TheDope on December 13, 2007, 10:42:16 PM

I got this movie on the basis of your review, Andrew.

Man, you were so right.

I could tell right away the Jack Hill influence in the script - random acts of cruel violence and rampant embarrassment of the women herein.  Anyone who has seen anything with Jack Hill's name in the credits knows what I mean.

The most painful thing about it was that, in spite of every actor's apparent desire to try and act in a plausible movie, the direction, effects and pacing smack them down at every turn.  And then there's the business of the ending where Marshall's wife is locked up by Ashland one moment and then, after Ashland is waylaid and Ashland and his kids ready themselves to leave the ship, Ashland's wife magically appears, out of the locked chamber and offering no explanation as to how she got out.  Amazing.

And what kind of self-respecting cruise ship lets itself get wrecked by a Nazi ship that doesn't even move?

Painful is an overused word to describe movies like this but in the case of Death Ship, it's accurate.

Title: Re: Death Ship
Post by: Harold Alexander on January 22, 2009, 01:40:17 PM
Stuff to Watch For:

13 mins - This is stock footage from "The Poseidon Adventure" or something.

As somebody noted before, the stock footage is taken from THE LAST VOYAGE (1960), whose starring was Robert Stack.

Title: Re: Death Ship
Post by: quasar1967 on April 21, 2018, 04:08:41 AM
recently watched this and i can honestly say its not the best film nor the worst. its confusing at times, especially towards the end when scenes transition in a confusing way and most of the deaths make no logical sense whatsoever