The Ghost Ship
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RKO horror producer Val Lewton dished up seven reels of brooding psychological terror with The Ghost Ship. Richard Dix stars as the ship's captain, a tortured soul who teeters on the verge of madness. Seaman Russell Wade notices the captain's deterioration, but his warnings are dismissed by the crew. Captain Dix completely goes over the edge, sadistically playing a game of cat and mouse with the luckless Wade--and endangering the lives of everyone on board. While the viewer may notice that Ghost Ship closely resembles the Jack London tale The Sea Wolf, playwrights Samuel R. Golding and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This Val Lewton production may not scale the heights of Cat People or I Walked with a Zombie, but it has its impressive moments."
‑ , Time Out
"A talky but fairly atmospheric effort, Ghost Ship is hampered by its low budget."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Among RKO's best horror films."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A nice little package of morbidity all wrapped around in gloom."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It's almost noir in its pitting of an individual against a closed society."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The least known, though far from least interesting, of producer Val Lewton's exemplary, poetic B-films."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"... an impressive brooding psychological sea adventure story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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