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DEATH SHIP - Skull
Rated R
Copyright 1980 Bloodstar Productions Ltd.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Captain Ashland - It is he, GEORGE KENNEDY. This man can not have a soul.
  • Trevor Marshall - Richard Crenna! (The Colonel from the Rambo movies!) Second in command of the cruise liner and our hero.
  • Mrs. Marshall - Trevor's wife, that's her contribution to the plot.
  • Robin and Ben - The Marshall kids, Ben must have a bladder infection since he's always looking for the restrooms.
  • Nick and Lori - Two young lovers, she gets tossed overboard by Ashland and he is drowned in a cargo net by the same.
  • Jackie - Lounge comic who is hoisted overboard by the evil ship.
  • Mrs. Morgan - Old woman who is out to jump Ashland's bones, eats poisoned candy.
  • Death Ship - A haunted Nazi interrogation vessel.

Buy It!

The Plot: 


I spent about thirty minutes washing my mouth out after watching this crap. It made me feel cheap and used, and that's not easy to do to a guy. Not only does it have George Kennedy, he 's dressed up like a Nazi ship captain no less. It's poetic I'll admit, didn't know they made uniforms that big. I think there was a typo in the script, what was intended to be "Death Shit" became "Death Ship" and therein lies the tragedy. Ashland is the captain of a cruise ship everyone else is on (Marshall being the XO) when it is rammed by the cursed vessel. The survivors climb aboard the brooding freighter and soon begin encountering mishaps. Ashland also seems to be half possessed by the Nazi captain's spirit, the other half is just Kennedy's bad acting. After everyone else is dead the Marshalls flee overboard with a rubber raft, leaving Ashland to face the terrors awaiting his soul. There is exactly one cool part to this film - and it's when we keep seeing shots of the Death Ship, which is in bright sunlight, on a supposed collision course with the cruise liner, which we can only see it's lights BECAUSE IT'S PITCH DARK. Make sure you have lots of alcohol on hand before popping this tape in the VCR my friends.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Cruise ships cannot afford decent bands.
  • Making out with some guy wearing a rubber mask drives women wild.
  • Cruise ships don't carry lifeboats, they do carry bright red boxes equipped with oars.
  • Do not pee on the deck of a ghost ship.
  • The open ocean is very calm and has muddy water.
  • Things are much more threatening when filmed upside down.
  • Kids will quite happily drink brown water.
  • Nazi's could not cook worth a damn.
  • George Kennedy can run pretty fast for a fat old guy.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - George Kennedy? For THE LOVE OF GOD NO!
  • 8 mins - I think these ships are about to collide on the international dateline. It's day for one and night for the other.
  • 13 mins - This is stock footage from "The Poseidon Adventure" or something.
  • 15 mins - How the heck did this eclectic group survive? They were on different parts of the ship!
  • 26 mins - Somebody go and turn off the winch then swing him over the deck, jeez.
  • 57 mins - I'd be a serious "we're all sleeping in the same room" dude.
  • 62 mins - Hey, naked Lori! But she's covered in blood from the shower and can't get out! Why is she spinning around?
  • 68 mins - Slow motion scene! Why? Arrgghhhhh!
  • 73 mins - How the heck did Nick get outside? Bad editing! Bad!
  • 89 mins - Damn you George Kennedy, and damn me too...

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note deathship1.wav Ashland: "Signal him to alter course."
Sailor: "We have sir!"
Ashland: "Well signal him again damn it!"
Green Music Note deathship2.wav Mrs. Morgan: "This old ship seems to have a life of it's own."
Green Music Note deathship3.wav Robin: "I'm scared."
Ben: "You're scared? I'm scared shirtless."
Robin: "It's shitless, oops!"
Green Music Note deathship4.wav Ashland: "This ship needs blood Marshall..."

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The "International Dateline" explanation might be a little silly, but it is the best I can do. Do you mean that I should honestly believe the director did not care enough about this movie to at least film two ships in the daytime?

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Reply #17. Posted on June 15, 2000, 09:29:55 PM by John Liberatore
This movie was RETARDED
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Reply #18. Posted on July 29, 2000, 12:36:58 PM by John Liberatore
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.
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Reply #19. Posted on August 20, 2000, 03:32:46 PM by Chadzilla
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.
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Reply #20. Posted on September 07, 2000, 09:55:56 PM by Absinthe
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.
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Reply #21. Posted on September 15, 2000, 11:02:03 AM by Foy
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.
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Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by gene
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.
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Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Paul Westbrook
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.
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Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ragdoll
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.
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