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Set sail with your co-hosts as they talk about a couple of unsung boat-themed horror movies, “Mary” (2019) and “The Boat” (2018).


Is the relatively unknown status of these films warranted, or has hidden treasure unfairly sunk to the bottom of the sea, desperate to be rediscovered? Join us on deck as we debate that very question with unsurprisingly differing opinions.

Mary is a 2019 American horror film directed by Michael Goi from a screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski. It features all the makings of a must-see ghost story, including a brilliant cast led by cinematic and horror legend Gary Oldman, along with Emily Mortimer as Sarah, the wife of Oldman’s tourist ferry helmsman, David, who impulsively buys a salvaged sailing boat that had been discovered abandoned by the Coast Guard.

David intends to take Sarah and their two daughters, teenager Lindsey and ten-year-old Mary, on a trip to Bermuda as a way to strengthen the family’s bond after Sarah had an affair. The family restores the ship that is already named Mary, the same name as their youngest daughter.

What seems like a fortuitous twist of fate, however, ends up being a nightmarish curse as the family’s seafaring journey quickly turns into a watery deathtrap.

The Boat

The Boat is a 2018 Maltese thriller drama film directed by Winston Azzopardi and written by Joe Azzopardi and Winston Azzopardi. It’s a one-hander with Joe Azzopardi appearing as the only cast member. It takes place almost entirely within a single location and very cramped, claustrophobic quarters. What’s more, the film has almost no spoken lines.

Azzopardi plays a sailor who finds an abandoned sailboat. He climbs on board to see if anyone needs help and discovers there is no one present, though there are signs of someone having recently been there and even signs of trouble. After getting locked in the ship’s bathroom, the sailor endures a treacherous and life-threatening journey aboard a possibly haunted boat.

Or is there another more menacing natural or supernatural explanation?

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