When you think of horror and the ocean, killer sharks, giant octopuses, and hungry piranhas first spring to mind. Next is the ghost ship – often large, abandoned, and dilapidated. It’s a trope to have grand cruise chips filled with frightening folly. But The Boat feels different.
A fisherman, lost, finds an abandoned sailboat. There are no grand staircases here. He boards, discovering no signs of life below deck. When he reemerges, his boat is gone. He’s trapped on the sailboat as strange supernatural phenomena begin to occur.
The Boat looks like a mix between your lost-at-sea thriller and supernatural ghost story. It’s tight, claustrophobic, and tense as the fisherman tries to escape the sailboat’s sinister clutches as it drifts into mysterious and unfamiliar waters.
Winston Azzopardi and Joe Azzopardi wrote The Boat with Winston directing and Joe starring. The Boat makes it world premiere later this month at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at Fantastic Fest.
A lone fisherman, lost in the deep mist, boards an abandoned sailboat. Finding no signs of life, he emerges back on deck only to discover his own boat has disappeared. What follows is a nightmarish journey in which he becomes imprisoned inside as the boat presses on into unknown waters.