BY CHRISTOPHER STAMM
GUEST MOVIE REVIEWER
The Last Voyage of the Demeter (Now playing in theatres)
This film is rated R for language, violence, and adult themes.
Like a bad penny, I keep turning up. Hi folks! I wanted to get this movie on your radar, because whomever is handling the marketing for this film is really, really–like terrible–at their job.
When I was about 12, I read Bram Stokers Dracula for the first time in my Lit class. Of course, I loved it. The novel is, after all, a classic. But I remember clearly that while we were discussing it in class, I brought up “the Demeter,” the ship found cast upon the rocks of England’s shore with all hands missing, save but one roped to the ship’s wheel still clutching a crucifix, dead. And the rest of her crew’s fate, what horrors had they encountered trapped at sea with literature’s most famous monster? With just some small tantalizing notes from the Captain’s log, the story of what happened on the Demeter remained a mystery and always fascinated me.
In 2020, I had heard that the story of the Demeter and her fate was finally going to be told, and I was delighted. Then I waited and waited and waited. In one famous (within our household) incident, I was watching previews on YouTube and got all aflutter because I thought the trailer had been released, only to find out it was for some other film. My dear wife thought my sad reaction and disappointment to be hysterical. Thanks, love.
So now on to it.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter is excellent. It’s moody, it’s well-paced, and you can feel the disquiet and fear build within its hull and crew. Keep in mind, this is not a traditional horror film with some knife-wielding maniac hunting teenagers. No, this one is a slow build, and it gets under your skin.
I highly recommend this one, folks, so grab the popcorn and settle in to find out the mystery of the Demeter and her crew.
It is rated R for some fairly nasty deaths; one in particular is pretty rough to witness.
Four out of five stars for The Last Voyage of the Demeter. It’s worth the ticket price.
Until next time, my friends, please keep in mind it’s 79 Days Till Dune: Part 2.