By Carly Kocurek,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Do not board Ghost Ship.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Bad behavior all around.
Violence & Scariness
Shooting, poisoning, explosions, and other graphic death scenes that include a woman being attacked and a cable slicing a large group of people in half.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Implied sex or sexually suggestive material. A man is lured to his death by a smoldering topless ghost.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is extremely violent. There are numerous scenes of passengers being shot and killed. Members of the salvage crew are picked off one by one. Scary ghosts, including a ghost-girl named Katie, permeate the film. Members of the salvage crew drink, swear, and are easily swayed by potential wealth.
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Based on 4 parent reviews
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Ghost Ship. Fairly good horror movie. Too intense for people 16 & under.
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What's the Story?
If there is one thing characters should know in horror films, it's that entering an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere is never a good idea. The characters in GHOST SHIP of course ignore this simple rule, resulting in a bloody confrontation that leaves only one member left standing. Things go horribly wrong for a salvage crew assigned to recover a passenger ship missing since 1962. Despite such odd occurrences as the appearance of a ghost girl, the team continues to explore the ship. The crew finds what seems like a fortune –- boxes filled with gold bars. Of course, nothing in horror films comes without a price.
Is It Any Good?
Ghost Ship has virtually no redeeming qualities. The plot is tired and poorly developed, the character development is sparse, and the gory scenes (including one that features a cable slicing 40-50 couples across a dance floor) do not even appear that scary. There is absolutely no reason to watch this movie unless you have a hankering for seeing people get sliced, diced, dismembered, and shot. Definitely NOT for kids.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the ideas of greed and honor depicted in this movie. At what point does the crew's greed become problematic? Why does Epps refuse to leave behind her crewmates and defend Murphy even after he attacked her? Families may want to discuss the filmmaker's decision to cast a woman in a role that is traditionally assigned to men.
- In theaters: October 22, 2002
- On DVD or streaming: March 28, 2003
- Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Isaiah Washington, Julianna Margulies
- Director: Steve Beck
- Inclusion Information: Black actors
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 91 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong violence/gore, language, and sexuality
- Last updated: February 24, 2023
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