“A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.”

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Writers: John Robins, Jack Hill, David P. Lewis
Staring: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes, Kate Reid, Victoria Burgoyne
Release Date: March 7, 1980

Death Ship (1980) is a really terrible movie. Plain and simple, nobody should really watch Death Ship. I threw this movie into my watchlist because of its insane log line; you are going to tell me that you aren’t going to watch a movie that is teasing you with nazi ghosts and hauntings?

Of all the gripes with Death Wish, the worst has to be with how it is edited. Though with that being said…Death Ship is not the worst edited movie I saw this week. That award goes to Twilight (2008), which will be getting its own recap in the coming days.

But in terms of Death Ship, there are so many editing gaffs that it kind of baffles the eye. There are people in cuts of scenes that shouldn’t be there; like Captain Ashland (George Kennedy) being on the boat but then 30 seconds later he is pulled out of the water. There is also the scene where Nick (Nick Mancuso) and Trevor Marshall (Richard Crenna) are going mad with this Nazi film, and Marshall throws the projector on the ground but Nick is still flailing around with the projection still going up against the wall.

Death Ship (I keep on wanting to type Death Wish (1974)) is very bad, and is not frightening at all. I was surprised to see George Kennedy in this because I remember him from Airport (1970) and Cool Hand Luke (1967); this is the one flop that an Oscar Award winner is allowed to have. Then there is Richard Crenna, who I only know from the old Rambo movies and his character Trautman. Some recognizable faces but just in a movie that is not worth remembering at all.

I turned on Death Ship while riding the bike and doing a crossword and clothes organizing. I really found more fun organizing my mismatching socks than watching this movie.

STANKO RATING: F (1.0/5 Stars)


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