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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another first-rate film
One has visions of "The Smallest Show On Earth", where an ageing cinema's fortunes are turned around. In this film, it is a boat, left abandoned for years and about to be lovingly restored by its new owners. However, here the similarity ends. There is no humour, only a chilling ghost story, best viewed in a darkened room, with the wind howling outside and a few creaks of...
Published on 8 Jun 2010 by UK Filmbuff

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking imagination, excitement and atmosphere
No relation to Val Lewton's legally beached 1943 film, Vernon Sewell's 1952 Ghost Ship doesn't live up to even the minor reputation it has among some British film historians thanks to rather clunking exposition, a reluctance to do anything that might actually scare anyone and a very trite resolution to the haunting of a steam yacht bought by Dermot Walsh and Hazel Court...
Published on 24 April 2012 by Trevor Willsmer


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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking imagination, excitement and atmosphere, 24 April 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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No relation to Val Lewton's legally beached 1943 film, Vernon Sewell's 1952 Ghost Ship doesn't live up to even the minor reputation it has among some British film historians thanks to rather clunking exposition, a reluctance to do anything that might actually scare anyone and a very trite resolution to the haunting of a steam yacht bought by Dermot Walsh and Hazel Court against everyone's advice. Found abandoned years earlier and passing through several owners' hands ever since, it's hard to disagree with Walsh that there's nothing to be afraid of here even if they do have trouble keeping their engineers and visitors occasionally notice a heavy smell of cigar smoke - which is pretty much it for unusual occurrences until the film's solitary matter of fact but rather well handled manifestation that changes his mind. Unfortunately rather than kicking the movie into high gear it simply results in calling in Hugh Burden's paranormal expert, who, after demonstrating with some tuning forks, in turn calls in a medium who immediately provides a flashback revealing the mundane cause of their woes. The flashback is all too typical of the flat and unimaginative way exposition is just dropped into the movie by some supporting character or other, relegating the nominal main characters to audience rather than participants in a very tame voyage.

If there's no imagination or excitement to its telling, it's still a watchable and reasonably solidly made affair at little over 70 minutes even if there is little reason or reward to see it unless you want to catch Ian Carmichael's brief turn as a drunken silly ass at their `boatwarming' party or catch a young Joss Ackland's bit part.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very little thrills in this "horror" film, 25 Jun 2011
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A young couple (Hazel Court, Dermot Walsh) decide to buy a yacht and use it as their home. This despite the shipyard manager's (Joss Ambler) warnings that the yacht has a bad reputation of being haunted. However, soon after purchasing and renovating the boat, mysterious things being to happen. Despite the word ghost in the title, this is a relatively mundane entry into the horror genre. In fact, I hesitate to even call it a horror film at all because not only are there no frights or suspense but not even any mood or atmosphere. It's more like a psychic detective story and even on that level, it's fairly routine. The lovely Hazel Court manages to bring some spark to the wife but Walsh is a pretty monotonous leading man. Directed by Vernon Sewell and with Joss Ackland and Patricia Owens ( 1958's THE FLY).

The Optimum Releasing DVD via Great Britain is an acceptable full screen transfer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok, 3 Nov 2012
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I've seen this story before by Vernon Sewell, it's a watery "House of Mystery".Actually this is pretty dull but i am a sucker for old ghost stories and so if you are too it's worth having in your collection.Please check out "Strongroom" "Man in the Backseat" and my favourite "House of Mystery" starring the lovely Nanette Newman.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another first-rate film, 8 Jun 2010
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One has visions of "The Smallest Show On Earth", where an ageing cinema's fortunes are turned around. In this film, it is a boat, left abandoned for years and about to be lovingly restored by its new owners. However, here the similarity ends. There is no humour, only a chilling ghost story, best viewed in a darkened room, with the wind howling outside and a few creaks of the floorboards!

It is a good film, with lots of atmosphere and a good story. The new boat is a good buy; it is lovingly restored and taken out to sea, with an experienced crew and an owner who doesn't believe in ghosties and ghoulies etc. But he is soon proven wrong, when even he sees the life-like incarnation of a prevous occupant of the boat, in his newly-restored engine room.

A séance is convened, during which time some unfortunate facts come to light about the "Ghost Ship" and its prevous owners. A grim discovery is made, in the hidden, murky depths of the spare water container (perhaps it is a ballast container). I don't envy the poor blighter who had to open the hatch and peer in!

But what of the "First Mate"? Who was he and why did he........ I won't spoil the rest. Find out for yourselves!

Definitely worth watching!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost story well told..., 21 Feb 2010
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This Vernon Sewell written & directed film has an air of mystery about it. It also shows scenes of Shoreham and area in the 1950s and is additionally filmed upon Vernon Sewell's own vessel. Joan Carol (Mrs Sewell also appears along with Hugh Latimer playing her boyfriend).
1950s film favourites husband & wife Walsh & Court make for a very watchable pair plus Hugh Burden later to play JG Reeder on tv. The film was made at Merton Park and has atmospheric music by Eric Spear. A supporting feature yes but a fascinating film also.
The picture qulaity is great but as with many DVDs the sound should have been set louder and clearer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Aug 2014
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