Without a doubt, the best psychological horror film of the late 2000’s!
Whoever claimed that Ari Aster’s Midsommer was the first to use broad daylight to a terrifying effect, is yet to encounter Christopher Smith’s puzzling, ship-bound slasher.
It defies any moment of questionable logic by using creative storytelling techniques to build inexorable mystery and suspense, while executing its concept sharply through exploring themes of tainted motherhood and the cruel cycle of life on earth…or should I say, the ocean.
The entire cast is excellent, but Melissa George is truly outstanding here. Her acting range is beyond impressive, seamlessly transitioning through a spectrum of personality changes and genuine emotion that should be considered one of her best on-screen performances to date.
It’s is an axe-swinging, blood-splattered, nautical groundhog-nightmare that takes innovative horror filmmaking to the next level, and just like its protagonist’s doomed fate, it’s an experience made for endless viewings.