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Jack Ferriman is the main antagonist of the 2002 film Ghost Ship . He is a demonic seafaring collector of souls that controls the haunted cruise liner Antonio Graza and the arch-nemesis of Maureen Epps as the murderer of her team and the people of the Antonia Graza.

He was portrayed by Desmond Harrington, who also portrayed Joey Quinn in Dexter and Fletcher Nix in Justified .

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Biography [ ]

In 2002, Ferriman (posing as a Canadian weather pilot) convinced the crew of the Arctic Warrior - Captain Sean Murphy, Maureen Epps, Greer, Dodge, Munder, and Santos- to help investigate a mysterious ship he had spotted floating adrift in the Bering Sea. This ship turned out to be the Antonia Graza , an Italian ocean linliner that disappeared on May 26, 1962 without a trace. As the salvage crew searches the ship, mysterious and sinister things start happening. Eventually, a series of horrific accidents occur killing almost all the crew until eventually, only Eeps is left to unravel the mystery and, with help from some of the only spirits aboard the ship able to help, she (along with Murphy before his death via photographs down by the ghost of the captain) finds out Jack Ferriman's dark secret.

In 1962, the Graza , saved a survivor of the sinking cruise liner, the Lorelei , while also saving a fortune in gold bricks. The survivor, turning out to be Ferriman, conspired with beautiful lounge singer, Francesca to convince almost all the crew to turn on the captain and passengers to steal the gold.

That night, Ferriman uses a lever and unleashes a spool of sharp wire cord upon the dance floor, killing and bisecting everyone including the captain. The crew then get to work killing the the passengers- including the only dance floor survivor, Katie Harwood- and any resisting crew. Soon, upon reaching the gold, they turn on each other, one crew member killing all the others before Francesca shoots him and reunites with Ferriman. The two share a passionate kiss before Ferriman pushes her away and sends a hook swinging through her face, killing her. He then brands her with a black hook-like marking on her wrist with his hands. It is hinted that he had done the same thing on the Lorelei .

It was soon revealed that Ferriman is able to control the spirits of corrupted people (like Francesca and the evil crew members), but not good or innocent parole (like Katie and the captain). He then uses the Graza as a trap to bring in new people to fix the ship and working to collect souls for the Devil. To do so, he corrupts people with their inner most desires. He is also revealed that he had been bringing salvage teams the the ship for years to try and fix it as the ship is starting to get run down after all this time.

After a brief confrontation and struggle the Ferriman, Epps explodes the ship using explosives she planted. This frees the good spirits to travel to Heaven while the evil ones go to Hell.

After drifting on the open sea for some time, Epps is found by another cruise ship and taken back to land. As she was loaded into an ambulance, she sees the battered crates of gold being loaded onto the cruise ship by Ferriman and members that look like but are not her fallen crew members. Ferriman glares at her and carries on; she screams "no!" as the ambulance doors close. Ferriman then continues on to finding a new ship to board and control and to collect more lives.

Personality [ ]

Ferriman is a sadistic and evil demon working for Satan to gather souls. In order to do so, he corrupts souls with promises of fulfilling their greatest desires. Once he success, he sets to work once again. According to Ferriman, he must do this in order to keeps his bosses in Hell "happy" and this kind of work is punishment for a lifetime of sin. He, however, appears to reveal in the excitement and joy of corrupting and collecting, not caring how many he must kill on order to gain his "quota".

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Mr. Jack Ferriman

  • Jack Ferriman's last name is an alias of the mythological boatman Charon .

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  • Jack Ferriman on the Pure Evil Wiki
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Ghost Ship Ending, Explained

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A Steve Beck (‘Thirteen Ghosts’) directorial venture, the 2002 film ‘Ghost Ship,’ is an interesting combination of horror and ocean adventure . Released in the pre-‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ world, the film can be very well credited for establishing the subgenre. Upon its release, it received mixed reviews from the critics, with a few praising the film’s visual style and urgency in the storyline. It tells the tale of a salvage crew, led by Sean Murphy (Gabriel Byrne), who learns about a drifting ocean liner from a weather service pilot named Jack Ferriman. After they get on board the ship, they all begin experiencing supernatural events, leading them to believe that the ship is haunted. SPOILERS AHEAD!

Ghost Ship Plot Synopsis

The film opens in 1962 onboard the ocean liner SS Antonia Graza. A lounge singer named Francesca (Francesca Rettondini) performs ‘Senza Fine’ while the crew and the passengers dance with each other. Katie (Emily Browning), a young girl traveling to New York to be with her family, begins dancing with the captain himself. Someone triggers a thin wire cord to break and pull across the dance floor at an incredible speed, severing limbs and other body parts of all who are present, except for Katie. She survives because she isn’t tall enough.

In the present time, Murphy and his crew are extremely competent at their job. The moment they step on to the Graza, odd and bizarre things start happening around them. The film’s cast also includes Ron Eldard as Dodge, Desmond Harrington as Jack Ferriman, Isaiah Washington as Greer, Alex Dimitriades as Santos, Karl Urban as Munder, and Julianna Margulies as Maureen Epps. Their initial plan is to tow the seemingly deserted ocean-liner and deliver it to a scrapyard, where it can be taken apart for profit. Munder nearly dies when the floor underneath him gives in but is saved by Maureen. This is when she first sees Katie.

She and Ferriman find nine wooden boxes, each of which contains twenty-eight 100-oz gold bars. The crew decides to leave the ship and take just the gold with them. But as they are about to leave, some malevolent force causes a huge explosion in the salvager’s tugboat, the Arctic Warrior, completely destroying it and killing Santos. The crew realizes that they now have no choice but to repair the ocean liner. As their stay on the eponymous ship is prolonged, Murphy and others start having supernatural experiences.

Ghost Ship Ending

Among the remaining salvagers, Greer is killed first. Francesca’s ghost appears before him. He tries to stay faithful to his fiancée but fails. She lures him to an empty elevator shaft. As he lunges to grab hold of her, he goes through her ghostly form and falls down the shaft and is impaled on the steel wires at the bottom. Troubled by Santos’ death, Murphy starts drinking in the captain’s cabin. The captain’s ghost appears before him and tells him what transpired on his ship.

They had rescued a single person from the sinking cruise ship the Lorelei, along with the gold. He then proceeds to give a photo of the survivor. As Murphy goes to inform Maureen and others, he begins hallucinating about Santos. When Maureen arrives there, he attacks her, believing her to be Santos. He is then subdued by Ferriman. They, with the help of Munder and Dodge, place Murphy in an empty fish tank.

Who Is Jack Ferriman?

It is Katie who ultimately reveals the complete truth to Maureen. She helps her find Greer’s body and tells her what happened on the ship. The sole survivor from the Lorelei manipulated a section of Graza’s crew to kill the rest of the crew, as well as the passengers. Their leader then gunned down his own men, and in turn, was shot by Francesca. It is then revealed that Jack Ferriman was behind all this. After he killed Francesca with telekinesis, he branded her with a unique hooked-shaped mark, which helps him control the souls.

Katie, being an innocent child at the time of her death, couldn’t be marked and has more independence and agency. Maureen runs to find Murphy but discovers the tank flooded and him dead. She finds Dodge and tries to explain that Ferriman came after them, so they can repair the ship for him, but Ferriman shows up there as well. She tells them to stay together as she goes to search for Munder and gives Dodge the shotgun, indicating that he should keep an eye on Ferriman. Munder dies by being sucked into the ship’s gear.

When Ferriman tries to mock Dodge for his unspoken feelings for Maureen, Dodge shoots him. He later approaches Maureen while she is placing explosives all over the ship. He informs her that he has killed Ferriman and says that they should use the gold to start a life together. Seeing right through the ruse, Maureen asks him why he hasn’t enquired about Munder. Dodge transforms into Ferriman and reveals that Dodge is dead, and he knows that Munder is as well. Interestingly, his surname gives a clue to what he truly is.

As he explains to Maureen, after a lifetime of sin, he became a salvager of souls. He has a quota to fill and uses Graza to gather the souls. This is why he needed Maureen and others’ help. After they had fixed the ship, he could have continued harvesting souls. He and Maureen struggle before she detonates the explosives, seemingly destroying the demonic being. She then swims away from the sinking Graza with Katie’s help. Katie and others are finally free to advance to the afterlife.

How Is Ferriman Still Alive?

Maureen is picked up by a passing cruise ship. After she gets back to the land and wheeled into an ambulance, she spots some crew members taking the crates of gold onboard the cruise ship and Ferriman accompanying them. As she screams in horror, the film ends. It has already been established in the film that Ferriman is an immortal being. A gunshot from Dodge didn’t kill him, and evidently, neither did the explosion. His superiors, or “the management” as he calls them, likely have sent him back to Earth to harvest more souls for them.

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2002's "Ghost Ship" is a spooky horror flick that, while not a classic, is most remembered today for its terrifying opening scene , which sees a slew of rich people killed in an unforgettably unique fashion that must be seen to be believed. Looking back, though, " Ghost Ship " also offers a truly nail-biting climax, as well, where salvager Maureen Epps (Juliana Marguiles) is the last woman standing on a derelict and haunted cruise ship. 

The story begins with Epps and the crew of the salvage tugboat Arctic Warrior approached by a Canadian weather service pilot named Jack Ferriman (Desmond Harrington). He shares with them that he discovered a mysterious vessel floating about — a vessel which is fair game for anyone to lay a claim to. For the crew, the potential for profit is too great to pass up, and lured in by the promise of easy money, they soon finds themselves marooned on the Antonia Graza (the eponymous ghost ship), fighting for their lives.

This being a horror movie, things don't go well. By the film's end, Epps is the sole survivor of the crew, having been the only one able to resist the many temptations aboard the vessel. Because the ship isn't merely haunted by ghosts, but overseen by a powerful demon on a mission from Hell, who is determined to bring out the worst in people. The twist: that demon is revealed to have been Ferriman. And while Epps is able to defeat him and destroy the ship, the ending scene undercuts the heroism with a brutal wake-up call.

Ghost Ship brings out the worst in people

Ferriman tells Epps that they're not so different: while she salvages ships, he salvages souls. He tempts them with their desires — for instance, his action of luring the crew of the Arctic Warrior with the promise of gold on the ship to ensure they'll be trapped, as he sabotages their ship, thereby ensuring that they'll all be trapped on the Antonia Graza. He reveals he killed one half of the crew and passengers, then corrupted the other half, and set them on each other in a frenzy of carnage. Now their souls are bound to the Graza, and anyone he corrupts is similarly marked. One by one Epps' crew mates succumbs to the temptations of the ship, but she throws a wrench into Ferriman's plans by not only refusing to be corrupted, but destroying the ship in an act of heroic self-sacrifice.

Epps is rescued by a passing cruise ship and taken to shore, where she's placed in an ambulance for a trip to the hospital. Her relaxation is disturbed when she sees the boxes of gold being loaded onto the cruise ship by members of the crew — the exact same boxes that she had encountered on the Antonia Graza. 

As the last of the crates are loaded, the familiar figure of Jack Ferriman passes by the ambulance doors. Epps screams, because she realizes the cycle is about to begin again.

In Ghost Ship, demon work is a business

Ferriman stands as a unique example of a horror movie villain: unlike Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, Ferriman doesn't have a burning drive to torment his victims or punish them for some perceived slights. He's simply there to place temptation before his prey and watch them hang themselves. 

Ferriman uses the gold to tempt the avaricious members of both the Graza and Warrior's respective crews, and if that doesn't work he'll use other sins (gluttony or lust, for instance) to corrupt his prey and then strike, killing them and adding them to his quota of souls. In his confession to Epps, he's shockingly matter of fact about the whole matter, making it clear that to him, this is simply a matter of business — albeit, Hellish business — rather than pleasure. The torments he has inflicted on the spirits on the ship, and on Epps and her crew mates, are just part of his job.

While Epps does successfully manage to thwart his plans for the Graza, it's clear from his appearance in the aftermath that his demonic superiors have set Ferriman on another "salvaging" job, one that will likely lead to the exact same outcome as the poor Antonia Graza. In "Ghost Ship," the business of evil is temptation, and business is always booming.

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Ghost Ship (2002)

A salvage crew discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea, and soon notices that its long-dead inhabitants may still be on board. A salvage crew discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea, and soon notices that its long-dead inhabitants may still be on board. A salvage crew discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea, and soon notices that its long-dead inhabitants may still be on board.

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  • Trivia In 2016, the media website ComingSoon named the film's opening scene one of the greatest in horror film history.
  • Goofs Throughout the film, the doors to all the cabins are seen to open to the inside. Yet, when Epps is wandering the ship looking for Katie's cabin, all the doors in the hall automatically slam shut in a row and close from the outside. When Epps sees Katie's cabin door open, it opens to the inside.

Epps : Have you told anyone else about this?

Ferriman : Not a living soul.

  • Crazy credits The opening logos are tinted brown, and the typical Warner Bros. logo is instead an intentionally chintzy 60s style logo. All this ties into the infamous cruise ship opening.
  • Alternate versions The version aired on Indian cable networks omitted a huge chunk of the opening mass-decapitation scene and most of the gore and graphic shots throughout the film. The scene where Francesca seduces Greer was also edited significantly in order to obscure any nudity.
  • Connections Featured in Around the Bend (2004)
  • Soundtracks Senza Fine Written by Gino Paoli Produced by John Frizzell Performed by Monica Mancini Courtesy of Concord Records [Francesca sings the song in the opening sequence; the salvage crew later hears her singing the song]

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  • October 25, 2002 (United States)
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  • Oct 27, 2002
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In a remote region of the Bering Sea, a boat salvage crew discovers the eerie remains of a grand passenger liner thought lost for more than 40 years. But once onboard the eerie, cavernous ship, the crew of the Arctic Warrior discovers that the decaying vessel is anything but deserted. It's home to something more deadly and horrific than anything they've encountered in all their years at sea.

Rating: R (Sexuality|Language|Strong Violence/Gore)

Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Steve Beck

Producer: Joel Silver , Robert Zemeckis , Gilbert Adler

Writer: Mark Hanlon , John Pogue

Release Date (Theaters): Oct 25, 2002  wide

Release Date (Streaming): May 1, 2008

Box Office (Gross USA): $30.1M

Runtime: 1h 31m

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production Co: Village Roadshow Prod., Dark Castle Entertainment

Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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Julianna Margulies

Maureen Epps

Desmond Harrington

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Gabriel Byrne

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Emily Browning

Francesca Rettondini

Joel Silver

Robert Zemeckis

Gilbert Adler

Mark Hanlon

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John Frizzell

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This is one of those days where I wish I could just crank this review out in five minutes and be done with it because, again, I'm really short for time and I need to cook dinner before tonight's movie. Fuck my life. In all seriousness though, this movie is a bit of a conundrum for me. I know, for a fact, that I saw the first bit of this movie on some cable TV network when I was younger. But I cannot, for the life of me, remember if I had actually seen this in theaters when it first came out with my mom or aunt or both of them. I spent my entire time watching this movie trying to remember as to whether or not I had actually seen this. And, in all honesty, I still can't remember if I did see it in theaters. I'm not saying that my memory is perfect, but I've got a pretty good memory when it comes to movies I've seen in theaters. And this is just one that I'm completely blanking on. I can usually tell if it's one or the other, but I can't do that for this movie. Also, why the fuck am I wasting my time trying to remember whether I could remember such an unmemorable slog of a movie like this one??? Spoiler alert, I didn't really like this movie. It's not like the concept of a ghost ship is a new concept in the medium that is horror, but has it ever been executed as ineffectively as it was in this movie. It's one of those flicks where you just pay attention because you decided to watch it, but you don't REALLY pay attention to. Like you're just watching mindlessly, consuming what this film has to offer without really thinking anything. Talk about engaging, eh??? This tugboat crew is hired to, well, tug this ocean liner that mysteriously disappeared over forty years ago, at the point of this film's release at least, closer to sixty now. When the crew gets to the ocean liner, they find large quantities of gold and, of course, they think they've got it made. The thing is that there's quite a bit to the movie before we actually get to this point and, you know what, I don't really care to recap it because it's fucking boring and uninteresting. After they recover the gold and take it back to their boat, which explodes as the result of some spirit/demonic presence attempting to prevent them from leaving. This starts off a series of increasingly strange events that leads to the death of the entire crew, with the exception of Epps. I suppose the idea is that you're gonna be so intrigued by the mystery of what happened on this ship, where the gold came from and what was the motivating factor for the constant betrayals that went on aboard as everyone tried to get a piece of the pie. I mean $200 million worth in gold is enough motivation but, of course, there was a manipulator here. Anyway, the point is that I didn't really care about any of the mystery behind this ship. So, if you're like me, and you don't care about the mystery behind the disappearance of this ship, where the gold came from and who's the demonic spirit manipulating this, then what's the fucking point of it all? There is no point. The horror is terrible, the characters aren't particularly likable and the scripting is all of the place in that it doesn't know what it wants to be. What am I, or anyone else for that matter, even watching this movie for? I mean, the film fails to provide any reasonable amount of entertainment, so what was this meant to do??? I think I'd like this movie more if it was made to promote Mudvayne's second album. Mudvayne's song 'Not Falling' is featured heavily in this film. Why would I like this movie more for that? I don't really know and I can't actually answer that question, but there's something absurd of spending millions of dollars in producing and marketing this movie only for it to serve as promotional material for a shitty heavy metal band's second album. And I say this as someone who grew up as a metalhead, it's just that I never liked Mudvayne. Regardless, I suppose that's neither here nor there. It comes to be revealed, in the third act, that the person who took the crew to the ocean liner is the demonic spirit that's manipulating everything. It's a job for him, you see, he salvages souls for a living(?) as punishment for a lifetime of sin. I mean, I guess that makes sense, but who doles out the punishment?? Is this Satan himself??? Cause isn't eternal hellfire and damnation punishment enough??? The fact that this guy gets to avoid hell, by salvaging human souls on this ocean liner, honestly, isn't really that bad of a punishment. I mean it was a twist for the sake of a twist. And, even then, it wasn't a twist. The reason I say it wasn't a twist was because you kind of knew that Ferriman was involved somehow. And the reason I say it's a twist for the sake of it is because it, REALLY, doesn't stand up to scrutiny. I imagine they thought they were being cute by having Ferriman/the demonic spirit be a salvager, like the crew of the tugboat are, but when you actually think about it and you analyze it, it doesn't really stand up to any sort of actual scrutiny. You're just supposed to take things at face value and leave it at that, you're not meant to ask questions. And, while it's not as bad as some of Shyamalan's worst twists, it's really bad. It's not that it's that outlandish or preposterous, it's just the fact that it raises more questions than it answers and none of those questions are satisfyingly answered in this movie. I don't really know what else you want me to say about this movie. I feel like I've gone over everything that I need to have gone over in order for this review to be complete. There's nothing of value or importance in this movie. I'm sure this is someone's favorite horror movie and, honestly, I ask myself how and why that is possible. There's so many great horror movies out there and THIS is someone's favorite horror movie??? I'm just going by the law of probability, there's seven billion on this planet, one of them is bound to love this movie. Life just isn't fair sometimes and the fact that there's someone that loves this movie is proof of that. Hey, whatever floats their boats I guess (pardon the pun). Regardless, I felt that this movie sucked. From the horror to the writing to the unlikable characters to the twist, this movie offers very little of value. The film's cast is decent. at best, but, let's just say, they were swimming upstream.

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Ghost Ship is an exciting supernatural thriller that delivers some frightening chills. The story follows the crew of a salvage vessel that discovers a derelict passenger liner that went missing in 1962, however it turns out not to be as deserted as they thought when they start seeing the ghosts of dead passengers. Starring Julianna Margulies, Gabriel Byrne, Desmond Harrington, and Emily Browning, the film features a strong cast. And, the set designs and special effects are pretty good; creating a haunting and foreboding tone. The music too is used quite well, particularly during the action beats and the dramatic climax. Still, the plot can be rather formulaic and even a bit confusing at times. Yet despite its problems, Ghost Ship is a captivating horror film that's full of mystery and intrigue.

[img][/img] Once the protaganists got on the titiluar ship there was one massive jump that spooked me, and I was convincing myself that maybe the film wasn't as bad as everyone was saying but to my displeasure it sank my expectations completely shortly afterwards. On the positive side, the acting isn't awful and the set pieces are excellent and sometimes quite creepy. However the plot is derivative and sadly it's never as scary as it should be.

A very confusing film, there seems to be no plot whatsoever, the flashbacks are dreadful, not to mention the special effect, spare me please

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