Ghost Voyage is a 2008 horror film produced for broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. Its cast includes Antonio Sabato Jr., Deanna Russo, P.J. Marino and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
The plot deals with nine strangers, most of whom are engaged in criminal and/or morally questionable acts, who wake up on an apparently abandoned cargo ship with no memory of how they arrived there. The ship's steward soon appears and explains "the rules" to them: First, do not breach any closed doors. Second, do not enter the captain's quarters. Third, do not refuse any orders from a member of the crew. They soon learn two things: that the ship is haunted by malevolent spirits, and the ship is taking them to hell.
This movie contains examples of:
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: The Steward and his crew of malevolent spirits. They are not really evil and merely testing the strangers if they have learned from their morally questionable acts when they were alive.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Basically those who fail the test, but special mention to Nicholai who gets dragged by demonic mermaid like creature into Davy Jones' locker for being selfish in throwing off Michael and Serena from the lifeboat.
- Déjà Vu: After Michael and Serena are transported back to the living realm after atoning for their sins, both are coincidentally drawn to a painting of a ship sailing to a sunset with no memory of each other. The two then comment that either one of them looked so familiar as if they met somewhere before.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Since Michael jumped off the lifeboat to save Serena after the selfish Nicholai kicks her off board, he has ultimate done a Heroic Sacrifice that would enable him and Serena a second chance in life. Following the ordeal, both then return to the real world with only a slight memory of the ordeal and each other.
- Fanservice: One of the ghosts treats Ronnie to a sexual dance... before turning into a zombie-like hag for a Jump Scare.
- Fate Worse than Death: Aside from the fact that they're going to hell? Andrew is boiled alive when he tries to escape a fire specter by jumping into a tank of water.
- Here We Go Again!: The ending scene shows the Steward explaining the rules of the ship to another group of strangers, implying that more souls have been put to the test.
- Heroic Sacrifice: What one needs to do if they want a second chance in life as mentioned by the Steward.
- I Knew It!: Michael and Ronnie argue about whether "breaching a door" includes dumping paint thinner on it and setting fire to it. When it turns out that yes, it does, Ronnie says "I told you so!"
- National Stereotypes: Gangster Italians and a KGB-esque Russian.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Considering the ghosts only attack people who break a rule and serve only as tests that can be passed to escape hell, one can argue that they're not malevolent at all.
- They seemed poised to take Nicholai to hell, but gave him another chance when he apologized. That was... unexpectedly polite of them.
- No OSHA Compliance: Not only is there only one lifeboat on a large cargo ship, it's made of wood and smashes like lego after hitting the hull of the ship once.
- No Smoking: The Steward tells Luis not to smoke.
- Seinfeldian ConversationMichael has poured paint thinner on a door and is about to set it on fire.Ronnie: Wait! The Steward said not to breach any closed door! Now, are you sure that breach doesn't include pouring something on it?Michael: You barely graduated middle school, and you're giving me English lessons?'Breach' means 'to open'!