‘Ghost Ship,’ not a big screen scare

Devinn Winkleman

“Ghost Ship” is hard to define when it comes to genre. It couldn’t be classified under “horror” because it’s simply not scary, and it couldn’t be classified under “action” because there simply isn’t enough action, except for the last 20 to 30 minutes. So, what can it be classified as?

How about “underdeveloped?”

In the movie, Canadian Air Force pilot Jack Ferriman (Desmond Harrington) approaches the tugboat Arctic Warrior’s salvage crew with an offer. The offer: if they can salvage an old, abandoned ocean liner called the Antonia Graza and haul it to shore, they can keep 80 percent of the money that the sale of the boat will generate.

So the crew abandons logic and seeks out the ocean liner. Once on board, all kinds of spooky things begin to happen. Doors close by themselves, ghosts appear and some of the crew go delusional and attack other crew members.

I liked one scene which explained everything in a fluid fashion with great music in the background. This created a lot of interest and generated a pretty good ending.

I also liked that the little girl in the film isn’t the usual demonic spirit portrayed in most horror films. She actually cares about and fears for the crews. This is a nice change from the usual horror film routine.

But the movie starts out slow and continues in that direction. This pretty much overwhelms any good points the movie has.

This is disappointing. “Ghost Ship” had some potential, but it needed more time to iron out the kinks. Since it didn’t have the production time it needed, it will generate more yawns than interest.