**/**** Image A Sound A- Extras C+
starring Julianna Margulies, Desmond Harrington, Isaiah Washington, Gabriel Byrne
screenplay by Mark Hanlon and John Pogue
directed by Steve Beck
by Bill Chambers Ghost Ship is better than its director Steve Beck's previous film for Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver's "Dark Castle," the repugnant Thir13en Ghosts--but we're talking incrementally. Somewhere in-between the two pictures, Beck learned that even though the AVID editing machine makes an infinite number of cuts feasible, he shouldn't take that as a dare, and in Ghost Ship, he embraces the démodé in a way that he ironically didn't in Thir13en Ghosts, the one of them that's a remake. Ghost Ship opens with large, dissolving titles drawn in pink cursive script that would be at home in a Fifties movie with Vic Damone on the soundtrack. It's a striking touch (if not entirely appropriate for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre aboard a sinking, possessed ocean liner), and it precedes a dazzling, disgusting prologue wherein the passengers on the deck of the Antonia Graza are slaughtered like so much cattle.