Jack Ferriman (Desmond Harrington) tells Captain Murphy (Gabriel Byrne) and his salvage boat crew about seeing an ocean liner adrift in the Bering Sea near Alaska. Partnered with Maureen Epps (Julianna Margulies), Murphy leads the most successful salvage crew in the region. But they discover the ship is the Antonia Graza, which hasn’t been heard from since 1962. And once aboard, the salvage crew finds strange clues that the ship is more than can be seen. And the discovery of gold bars in cargo magnifies their possible income. But Epps sees a young girl that warns her about the ship, but it’s too late for the crew. And Ferriman takes on a whole new aspect.
GHOST SHIP will bring out the horror fans, and no doubt, upset the cruise industry, but scares are mild. Like many horror films, some scenes feature gory sights. In this case, a support wire snaps and slices a dance floor full of people into separating body parts. Arms, torsos and heads fall apart in a bloody mess. A sultry singer lures one of the salvage crew and drops her dress. But as he moves toward her nude body, he passes through her and falls to a gruesome impaling. Another gross scene involves two crewmen sampling canned food that initially tastes good, but quickly turns to maggots in their mouth. Along with the gore, nudity and communication with the dead, the dialogue is awash with obscenities and profanity. With little love on this boat, GHOST SHIP is a moral derelict.