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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.

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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 #49. Posted on January 06, 2003, 08:49:31 AM by javi
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
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Reply #50. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by BryceDavid
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!
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Reply #51. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by AlphaWoolf
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.
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Reply #52. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Tom
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.
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Reply #53. Posted on September 28, 2005, 06:48:32 PM by al
I liked it. I`d buy a copy if I could one. Sorry.
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Reply #54. Posted on February 12, 2005, 09:36:22 PM by Eichmann
I saw this at a drive-in in 1980 or 1981.  Still remember all the teeth.  Spooky.
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Reply #55. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Mike
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 it...lol. 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.  
Death Ship
Reply #56. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Mateo Ceres
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!
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