HAUNTING OF THE MARY CELESTE (2020) first reviews of horror at sea movie

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‘Fear lies beneath’

Haunting of the Mary Celeste is a 2020 American horror feature film about a team investigating mysterious disappearances on a ship at sea.

Directed by Shana Betz (Free Ride; Girls! Girls! Girls!) from a screenplay written by David Ross (The Babysitters; The Woods) based on a story co-written with Jerome Olivier, the movie stars Emily Swallow,
Richard Roundtree, Ava Acres and Pierre Adele. Produced by Justin Ambrosino, Brian Dreyfuss and Norman Dreyfuss.

Plot:

Rachel, a concerned researcher, and her team have set out to sea to prove that the disappearance of a family and crew from a merchant ship was for reasons having to do with the supernatural. Her theory that those on the Mary Celeste vanished into a “rift” between dimensions proves true as the boat breaks down and her crew begins to vanish one by one…

Release:

Haunting of the Mary Celeste is released on VOD on October 23rd 2020.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …the film never offers any meaningful resolution, even with its twist it offers at the end. Many films that tease an “other side” offers something, but the film seems to recycle the same shots with different actors. The jump scares are nothing remarkable, and Swallow and Roundtree’s performances drive much of the film’s tension as opposed to its supernatural elements.” Bleeding Cool

“Ethical hangups about attaching supernatural shenanigans to a very real case of unexplained disappearances, the case of the Mary Celeste is ripe for the horror genre in that, being unexplained, one’s imagination gets to run wild in trying to explain what malevolent force was the cause behind it all. Compounded by its unoriginal story beats, the film comes out feeling uninspired, outside of its impressive direction.” Film Pulse

“If you are looking for a fun way to spend seventy minutes, this will more than likely do the trick thanks to its excellent scenes of bloody thrills and its great atmosphere. But those looking for an engrossing character-driven horror film will be incredibly disappointed.”  Punch Drunk Critics

Haunting of the Mary Celeste contains quite a few elements that elevate it above its peers, but the unavoidable curse this film possesses is unfulfilled potential. I’m almost positive budgetary matters prevented this from realizing its bigger vision. The film we ended up with isn’t without its charms though. Betz understands the power and importance of atmosphere in horror…” Killer Horror Critic

Cast and characters:

Emily Swallow … Rachel
Richard Roundtree … Tulls
Ava Acres … Jennifer / Sophia
Pierre Adele … Aldo
Dominic DeVore … Grant
Alice Hunter … Cassandra

Technical details:

74 minutes

Trailer:

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