Ghost Ship

Movie review by
Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
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Do not board Ghost Ship.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Bad behavior all around.

Violence

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.

Sex

Implied sex or sexually suggestive material. A man is lured to his death by a smoldering topless ghost.

Language

Very strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking,

What 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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPantera70 July 31, 2018
Awesome ghost movie. I loved the story, the characters were cool. Who wouldn't love to go on a ghost ship? The only thing i don't like is that there... Continue reading
Parent Written byPlague May 18, 2010

Ghost Ship

This movie is extremely gorey, but oh so fun to watch. Keep the little kiddies away though; fine for teens and young adults.
Teen, 17 years old Written bySusanneE November 23, 2016

Great

Not too scary. Decently gory. I don't know why it has 5/5 for sex when all it shows is a briefly topless woman (ghost) luring a man to falling to his death
Kid, 11 years old January 1, 2014

ok

good movie some creepy scenes and it opens up with everyone getting chopped in half.

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.

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