Ghost Ship (2002)
Right: so this salvage crew led by Gabriel Byrne and Julianna Margulies take on a job to find a mysterious, lost ship out at sea. Turns out that some nefarious deeds had taken place on the vessel long ago, and things are about to get spooky. And deadly. Will anyone make it back alive?
There’s not much love for this film, though I find it hard to see why. I’ve seen a lot worse. The cast do a reasonable job, the sets are pretty good and there’s plenty of jumpy frights, helped along with dollops of gore. Plus Ghost Ship also has a different and interesting concept, which should have delivered more to the finished product.
But the film suffers from too many ideas being thrown into the pot, some of which are beyond far fetched and sail into silly waters (even for this genre). Although not a classic, I would definitely say that I enjoyed Ghost Ship – it’s almost a great film. Worth renting or picking up cheap!
Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead (2014)
Speaking of worse films that I’ve seen…
This sequel to the superb Dead Snow (2009) was nowhere near as good as the first film. It picks up where the last film left off, with lone survivor Martin finding his way back to civilisation. It’s not long however till Martin again crosses paths with the Nazi zombies, and he’s on a mission to thwart their evil plans.
Whereas the original film had plenty of shocks along with a moderately tongue in cheek approach, this second film is all out comedy. Which is fine, but it’s a jarring change in tone. There’s very little in the way of frights; there are some gross out scenes but it’s all for laughs.
Some of the elements work, some are just pure silly. Herzog’s zombies have now reacquired their stolen loot, and are on a mission to do something evil to a town somewhere. This all feels a bit forced, only more so when the Red Army zombies are resurrected – one assumes just as a contractual fulfilment with regard to the title.
Add in a group of annoying American stereotypes as zombie hunters and it all equals disappointment. Dead Snow was such a cool film, I really wanted this to be as good. There’s hardly even any snow after the first ten minutes…
Dead Snow 2 is indeed entertaining, don’t get me wrong – but don’t go in with your expectations as high as I did.
Here’s a handy link to my review of the first Dead Snow: click me.