Death Ship (1980)

Canada, UK,
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

A Canadian/British horror film directed by Alvin Rakoff.

Plot Summary

A cruise liner is rammed and sunk by a mysterious ship that emerges from the fog. When the survivors clamber aboard, they find that it's an old Nazi torture ship, haunted by the murderous souls of its crew.


Directed by: Alvin Rakoff
© MCMLXXX [1980] Bloodstar Films (ABP) Ltd.
Sandy Howard and Harold Greenberg present. Released by International Film Distributors N.V.
Produced by: Derek Gibson, Harold Greenberg
Associate Producer: Larry Nessis
Screenplay by: John Robins
Story by: Jack Hill, David P. Lewis
Director of Photography: René Verzier
Editor: Mike Campbell
Music by: Ivor Slaney
Sound Mixer: Henri Blondeau
Costumes: Gaudeline Sauriol, Paul-Andre Guerin
Make-up: Joan Isaacson
Hairdressers: Pierre David, Huguette Roy
Special Effects: Mike Albrechtsen, Peter Hughes
Production Designer: Chris Burke
Casting Canada: Ingrid Fischer, Victoria Mitchell
Casting UK: Sue Stone, Anna St Johns
Made on locatuion in Quebec City, Dauphin Island, Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico

George Kennedy (Captain Ashland)
Richard Crenna (Trevor Marshall)
Nick Mancuso (Nick)
Sally Ann Howes (Margaret Marshall)
Kate Reid (Sylvia)
Victoria Burgoyne (Lori)
Jennifer McKinney (Robin Marshall)
Danny Higham (Ben Marshall)
Saul Rubinek (Jackie)
Lee Murray (Parsons)
Doug Smith (seaman no 1)
Tony Sherwood (seaman no 2)

Alternative Titles

El barco de la muerte – Spanish title
Le bateau de la mort – French, French Canadian title
Brod smrti – Serbian Yugoslavian title
Cauchemar nazi – French video title
Dödsskeppet – Swedish Finnish title
Kuolemanlaiva – Finnish title
Med kurs mod døden – Danish title
La nave del terror – Colombian, Mexican title
La nave fantasma – Italian title
O Navio Assassino – Brazilian title
O Navio Fantasma – Portuguese title
Ölüm gemisi – Turkish title
To ploio fantasma – Greek title
To ploio tou thanatou – Greek video title
Spökskeppet – Swedish title
Statek smierci – Polish title
Terror på naziskibet – Danish title
Das Todesschiff – West German title
Travesía hacía la muerte – Mexican video title
Vasul morţii – Romanian title
Корабль смерти – Russian title
ゴースト 血のシャワー – Japanese title
幽靈船 – Taiwanese title

Includes extracts from
King Kong (1976)

Extracts included in
Nazithon: Decadence and Destruction (2013)
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017)
Trailer Trauma Part 4: Television Trauma (2017)



  • Cinefantastique vol.10 no.2 (Autumn 1980) pp.39, 42 – review
  • Cinema Canada vol.3 no.66 (June/July 1980) pp.36-37 – credits, review
  • Copie Zéro no.10 (1981) p.21 – credits
  • Flesh and Blood no.5 (September 1995) p.53 – credits, review (1980 by Nigel Burrell)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.261 no.19 (17 April 1980) p.7 – credits, review
  • The Listener vol.106 no.2734 (5 November 1981) p.553 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.562 (November 1980) p.212 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Product Digest vol.7 no.24 (7 May 1980) p.95 – credits, review
  • Screen International no.195 (23 June 1979) p.17 – credits
  • Screen International no.202 (11 August 1979) p.12 – note
  • Screen International no.269 (29 November 1980) p.14 – credits, review
  • Variety 16 April 1980 p.28 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.347 – credits, review
  • Dead or Alive: British Horror Films 1980-1989 (festival edition) by Darrell Buxton (ed) pp.11-12 – credits, review (by Gerald Lea)
  • English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 by Jonathan Rigby pp.270, 317 – review
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.137 – credits, synopsis
  • and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish p.78 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 87 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.80-82 – credits, synopsis, review
  • X Cert 2: the British Independent Horror FIlm 1971-1983 by John Hamilton pp.265-270; 294-295 – illustrated article; illustrated credits