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Halloween Special: Our Top 5 maritime horror films

PortandTerminal.com, October 27, 2020

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – In celebration of today being Halloween, here is a countdown of our Top 5 maritime-themed horror movies. Pop some popcorn once the trick-or-treating winds down this tonight and get your scare on!

#5 Ghost Ship (2002)

Rotten Tomatoes: Critic’s Score 15% / Audience Score 37%

A salvage team think they’ve made the find of a lifetime until they discover there’s more on board than meets the eye in this supernatural thriller. Led by Captain Sean Murphy (Gabriel Byrne), the crew of the tugboat Arctic Warrior have discovered a sideline far more lucrative than hauling ships in and out of the harbor — they locate missing or wrecked ships in international waters, repair them until they can be brought back to port, and then sell off the ship and its contents as salvage. Acting on a tip from Jack Ferriman (Desmond Harrington), a pilot in the Canadian Air Force, Murphy and his crew — salvage expert Maureen Epps (Julianna Margulies), first mate Greer (Isaiah Washington), and crewmen Santos (Alex Dimitriades), Dodge (Ron Eldard), and Munder (Karl Urban) — set out to find a large craft seen adrift off the Alaskan coastline.

To their surprise, the crew of the Arctic Warrior discover what appears to be the Antonia Graza, a famous Italian ocean liner, legendary for its luxury, which vanished without a trace in 1962. While they at first anticipate the payday of a lifetime from this find, the crew soon discover a sinister force has taken control of the ship, and before long they’re battling not for salvage rights, but for their lives. 

Next Movie: #4 – Below (2002)

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