Review Date: October 28, 2002
Director: Steve Beck
Writer: Mark Hanlon, John Pogue
Producers: Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, Gilbert Adler
Julianna Margulies as Epps
Gabriel Byrne as Murphy
Ron Eldard as Dodge
Having said that, the film's shadowy atmosphere and mystery did keep me going most of the way, but overall, nothing really bowled me over. There were two sequences, however, which were extremely cool: the first was the opening scene, which has got to be one of the most disgusting (and slick) scenes of the year, and the other, a flashback scenario later on in the film, which actually turned out to be exciting, bloody and somewhat original (especially when compared to the rest of the movie). I also really dug the film's final shot, which unfortunately left things open for a sequel, but was well-handled and stuck out in my eyes (even though it didn't make any logical sense). As for the story, well...it was decent, but like I said before, nothing we haven't seen before and certainly no real suspense. It's basically just a haunted boat. Some cheap boo scares are tossed in here and there (most of which didn't work for me), an annoying "ghost girl" walks around and provides for some clues and folks ultimately start getting whacked one by one. Overall, I guess it can be considered to be a decent watch around this time of year (although if you really wanna get creeped out, check out THE RING!), but ultimately, it's probably best saved for a lonely, dark evening with your loved (or hated) one by your side come video-time. Popcorn would also help, nachos would make it even better and a left-handed handjob would definitely hit the spot (what any of that has to do with this movie is beyond me!). Not as bad as I thought it would be, but not very good either.