- Actors: Maria Perschy, Jack Taylor, Barbara Rey, Carlos Lemos, Manuel de Blas
- Directors: Amando de Ossorio
- Producers: J.J. Bermudez de Castro
- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2005
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000BIDA80
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,051 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Ghost Galleon [DVD]
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Third film in Amando de Ossorio's horror series. When a pair of swimsuit models disappear after reporting a mysterious abandoned boat at sea, a search party sets out to investigate. Before long, they discover that the boat is home to the bloodthirsty, undead Templar Knights, grotesque eyeless zombies who hunt humans by sound alone.
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Two bikini models with the aid of their agency opt to get stranded in a boat in an Atlantic shipping lane for a publicity stunt. Things start out well until they hit the fog and the ghost ship. The agency, along with another bikini model go on a rescue mission only to find the same ship.
That is pretty much it. Note to self: If trying to escape quietly on a stone floor, remove heels.
The acting and dialogue was pretty sad. There are better ghost ship movies out there, but no worse ones come to mind.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity in the version I watched. It does look like the camera cut suddenly when the models were undressing. I suspect there may be copies with some minor nudity.
The third entry of Amando de Ossorio's BLIND DEAD saga, El buque maldito (The cursed ship) is also the weakest.
While the fog-covered ghost galleon setting might be very atmospheric indeed, the story is very constructed and that is a major let-down: Ossorio, who directed all four BLIND DEAD movies and wrote the story and screnplay to this part, should have put more effort and time into the script. Basically the idea of the templar knights being on a galleon is not bad, but there is no reason for them to be there. Also how the people that trigger their awakening get onto the galleon is really illogical and overly constructed.
After an improvement in acting in RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD over TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, we are stuck with a bad cast again for this entry. None of the actors are really convincing.
While the pacing is horrible, due to the fact that the characters this time are uninteresting, GHOST GALLEON does feature the BLIND DEAD-typical eerie atmosphere (like I said, the galleon is quite remarkable) and the zombies look great.
Oddly enough, while it is the only part of the series to be given a 15 certificate uncut in England, it is the only part to be banned outright in Germany until this day (despite being the least violent, there is not much in the blood & gore section here).
GHOST GALLEON is not a bad movie, but compared to the preceding parts it is only mediocre. Check out TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD and RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD first, if you loved those, chances are you will like GHOST GALLEON as well.
RATING: 6 / 10
Reviewed version: 2005 Blue Underground US DVD
Feature running time: 90 mins. (2 seconds of dialogue cut)
Rating: Not rated (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono
Extras: Theatrical trailer, Poster & Stills gallery, TV and radio spots
Region: 1 (locked)
Unlike the previous entries there is not difference in the running time between the English dubbed version and the Spanish original. Both are missing two seconds of dialogue which however is present in the UK release, the violence is intact.
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