'Masters of Horror - Dream Cruise'
(Tom Irvine, Ethan Amis, Daniel Gillies, Maki, Tiffany Martin, et al / DVD / R / 2007 / Starz - Anchor Bay)
Overview: Absolutely terrified of the sea, an American lawyer reluctantly goes on an ocean cruise to be near the wife of a client, with no idea of the grim situation that awaits them all.
DVD Verdict: This is an installment from Season 2 of Masters of Horror. An American living in Tokyo is having an affair with his client's pretty wife. When the husband finds out he takes them in his yacht to confront them on the open sea. But restless spirits return to seek vengeance from beyond the grave.
I believe this is the second show of the series to be helmed by a Japanese director and filmed on-location in Japan, the first being last season's controversial 'Imprint.' Compared to that 'Dream Cruise' is a much more conventional horror experience, though still an effective one. If you've ever seen other Asian horror films you know how creepy vengeful spirits can be, and there's some good scares and nerve-wracking tension here. It helps that all the players are linked to the same sin, and that each has an equal chance of falling to the spirit's wrath. And if death by drowning doesn't sound pleasant to you, there's even more to be scared about.
Without giving too much away, the scares in this one are far more abundant than any other episode thus far. It will seriously creep you out beyond no end and make you think twice about entering the water - or a bathroom. You'll know what I mean. I highly recommended it, but make sure the lights are totally off for the full effect. Why ruin a good horror moment, right? This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Making of 'Dream Cruise'
Audio Commentary with Actor Daniel Gillies and Producer Mick Garris