Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Death Ship (1980, Alvin Rakoff)

The 1960s and 1970s were really obsessed with Nazi and WW2 movies for whatever reasons. This carried over into the 1980s, and hey guess what: it resulted in a movie about a killer Nazi ship roaming the waves. The premise is goofy and the movie is cheesy, however I still found some notable entertainment value in this movie. Plus hey George Kennedy goes completely insane in this one in a strange way that’s the best thing about this movie.

He dresses up in a Nazi uniform, tells the other survivors of a ship crash that he’s the captain, and has no qualms about tossing people overboard. Some of the kills were decent enough, and this movie wisely doesn’t overstay its run time. I’m not sure this is a good movie, however you could do worse I suppose. I could see them remaking this movie in the future, probably at the hands of Rob Zombie or some other director.

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