Mary – USA, 2019 – reviews

Mary is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film in which a family looking to start a charter-boat business buys a ship that, once out on isolated waters, reveals its terrifying secrets.

Directed by Michael Goi (TV series: Swamp Thing; Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; Sleepy Hollow) from a screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows; Satanic; Kristy), the movie stars Jennifer Esposito (The Boys series; Dracula 2000), Emily Mortimer (Relic; Spectral; Shutter Island), Gary Oldman, Stefanie Scott (Insidious: The Last Key; Insidious: Chapter 3) and Owen Teague (IT and IT: Chapter Two).

Plot:

David (Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship named Mary that is up for auction, he impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity.

After they embark on their maiden journey, however, strange and frightening events begin to terrorise David and his family, causing them to turn on one another. The ship soon drifts off course, and it becomes clear they are being lured to an even greater evil waiting for them at sea…

Reviews:

“There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done before but you can turn your brain off and just go along for the rise. I enjoyed it far more than I was expecting to and while it’s not one of the strongest films showing this year, it’s by far one of the jumpiest and that surely has to count for something?” Pip Ellwood-Hughes, Entertainment Focus

“The film looks great, the score isn’t that bad, in truth there is nothing bad really, it just needed to be written better. There’s just enough here to make Mary watchable, but really with the cast you have and some talented people involved, you really expect so much more from the film.” The Grump of Horror

“It’s a safe set-up, and Goi does lots with just a few rooms. He’s an able craftsman too – clearly knowing the rhythms of individual set-piece scares. However, he struggles with the rhythms of a full movie. The right beats are mostly there but it’s as unsatisfying watch that quickly settles into a repetitive cycle not dissimilar to Goi’s work on American Horror Story.” David S. Smith, Horror Cult Films

” …the various spooky occurrences are things that audiences will have seen hundreds of times before (child drawing creepy pictures, possessed crew member, ghost that only appears to the audience, that sort of thing) […] the bare minimum you expect from a scary boat movie is some clarity over just how the characters meet their watery ends, but that’s not the case here.” Matthew Turner, Nerdly

Cast and characters:

  • Jennifer Esposito … Lydia
  • Emily Mortimer
  • Gary Oldman … David
  • Stefanie Scott
  • Owen Teague
  • Michael Landes
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
  • Natalie Jean … The Pale Lady
  • Chloe Perrin
  • Claire Byrne … Amber Jacoby
  • Kathryn Kelly … Screaming Lady
  • Aaron Mitchell … Fisherman
  • Teance Blackburn … Mrs Parrish
  • Griffin Hood … Eric Pauls
  • Caiden Vaughn … Son on Charter Boat

Related:

Cruise Into Terror (1977)

Death Ship (1980)

Ghost Ship (2002)

Curse of the Phoenix aka Ghost Ship (2014)

Ghost Boat (2014)

Blood Vessel (2018)

VampyrZ on a Boat (2019)

Image credits: Bloody Disgusting

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