The Haunted Sea

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The Haunted Sea
Directed byDan Golden
Produced byRoger Corman
Written byThomas McKelvey Cleaver
StarringKrista Allen
Music byNigel Holton
David Wurst
Eric Wurst
CinematographyJohn B. Aronson
Edited byRobert Berman
Distributed byConcorde Pictures
Release date
  • 17 November 1997 (1997-11-17) (Worldwide)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Haunted Sea is a 1997 American horror film directed by Dan Golden. It was part of the Roger Corman Presents series.


Near the Yucatan Peninsula, a ship, the "Hades", is found drifting in the ocean without a crew. Captain Ramsey and his crew discover the ship's cargo contains ancient Aztec treasure from Montezuma's temple.

Crewmen Delgago and Lane try to steal the treasure. Delgago is possessed by a statue, and transforms into a reptile monster that kills Lane. The monster sets about killing the rest of the crew.

Second mate Medina discovers the Hades' captain, Jameson, is still alive and was possessed. Jameson kills himself.

The only survivors left are Medina and first mate Bergren . They rig the Hades with explosives. The monster kills Bergren, and Medina jumps overboard just as the Hades is blown apart. She's rescued by the cargo ship, but is now possessed herself.



The Haunted Sea was released on VHS by New Horizons Home Video[1] on November 17, 1997.[2] It was later released on DVD by Cav Distributing Corporation on September 21, 2004.[3]


TV Guide awarded the film 1/5 stars, criticizing the film for its dialogue, direction, overuse of stock footage, and lack of scares and imagination.[4] Charles Tatum from eFilmCritic awarded the film a negative 1/5 stars, criticizing the film's bland direction, unconvincing monster costume, and script.[5] Andrew Pragasam from The Spinning Image awarded the film 6/10 stars, writing, " Though far from groundbreaking and with the low budget showing through on occasion, The Haunted Sea is still a tight, compelling little exploitation picture. The creature suit looks a little rubbery but the transformation effects and gore are more accomplished than one might expect."[6]


  1. ^ "The Haunted Sea". VHS VHS Collector. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ "The Haunted Sea (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Flixer. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ "The Haunted Sea (1997) - Dan Golden". AllMovie. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Haunted Sea - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ Tatum, Charles. "Movie Review - Haunted Sea - eFilmCritic". Charles Tatum. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ Pragasam, Andrew. "Haunted Sea, The Review (1997)". The Spinning Andrew Pragasam. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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