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Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship #MovieReview

A bereaved shipping officer must save a girl he believes is real, on a stranded, unmanned haunted ship, “Sea Bird”.

Starring: Vicky KaushalAshutosh RanaMeher Vij 

Directed By: Bhanu Pratap Singh

Release Date: February 21, 2020 | Runtime: 1hr 54min | Starred Review

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Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship Review

I have never really delved into Indian horror too much so I was really excited to watch Bhoot – The Haunted Ship with Lilyn (she’s the one who found it and suggested it). There seem to be several in a series. I’d like to watch the others as well but for this watch Haunted Ship trumped Haunted Apartment (Bhoot).

It started out very strong with creepy home video and a little girl getting yoinked by a ghost early on. From there we follow Prithvi as he rescues some (presumed) trafficked humans in an action scene that was worthy of an action-fest oriented movie.

After the action scene, however, it slows a little so you can get to know the characters and Prithvi’s past and what’s going on in his life. It was a bit of a different take on the ghost tropes that I’m used to and I really loved the way it was presented.

Prithvi himself was a great character (being absolutely smoking hot didn’t hurt any) and I loved the friendship between him and his partner, Riaz. I feel like it’s very rare to see actual friendship in movies, particularly in horror movies. I’m seeing it better represented lately and I am loving it.

The sound design was fantastic. It wasn’t overloaded with music and what music there was really fit the scenes and atmosphere. Lilyn and I particularly found the finger snaps to be creepy as all hell and a nice precursor to the scares to come. Who knew something so simple could be so foreboding feeling?

The scenes were well shot and interesting. The ghost fx make-up was a little obvious but it did not take me out of the movie nor ruined the atmosphere. There was a crackly jointed spider-crawling girl that sent chills up the spine and I even jumped at one point in a scare that was not a jump scare but just a really well done moment. That rarely happens and I always appreciate it when a movie is able to capture my attention so intensely.

I don’t want to give spoilers but the story took some twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting and were done very well. The ghost’s motivations were different than the normal tropes. I loved the ending. It felt like a very nice wrap-up to the ghost story and to Prithvi’s journey.

All in all, I really loved it and I can’ wait to check out the rest of the Bhoot movies. I would also like to give it a rewatch as it was a bit confusing at first until we got straightened out on who was who and what was doing what.

I’ll turn the floor over to Lilyn for her thoughts on Bhoot – The Haunted Ship.

Lilyn:

My thoughts are fairly basic regarding Bhoot. It was a well-made version of Ghost Ship in its own way. The MC was smokin’ hot and such a good person that he gave me the warm’n’fuzzies. I thought the acting was on par, but oh lord was I lost trying to figure out who was who and what had happened to who for the majority of the story.

Once I understood it, it was a lot better. I think I may end up rewatching this again without the confusion.

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2 Comments

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Indian horror film, and that makes me sad, so I’m really glad you posted this review! It sounds excellent and is going at the top of my watchlist.

    • Neither have I but I definitely intend on branching out more!

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