Eike Schroter/Netflix Netflix's "The Haunting of Bly Manor" is filled with complex characters whose stories are told over the course of nine episodes. And that was something that was really in Shana's imagination, like how do we put that image on screen in a way that -- like, it's not something literal that you can play out. I think he's at the point where he's like, "I've seen it all." Captain Benjamin Briggs (pictured) was an experienced and "courageous" sailor, although this would be his first voyage on the Mary Celeste. The titular survivor explains that a vengeful ex-slave on the ship systematically murdered all the passengers, and he himself barely escaped. An experiment in 2006 found this was possible without leaving any scorch marks. There's never an end to that. But some bad luck still seemed attached to her: Captain Edgar Tuthill died during one voyage, and the ship continually lost money on her cargoes. But within that, you have to have real people, or why do you care? Still, it does seem like the Mary Celeste had more than her fair share of bad luck long before its infamous voyage. From the erratic way she moved, they could tell something was wrong. Richard Roundtree is basically a legend, so I'd love to hear about your experience working with him. So there was no reason to doubt he'd done it again, with the most famous ship to date. And there was absolutely nothing scary about the story whatsoever. The hold was still full of the cargo of denatured alcohol. So it was awesome. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. Sometimes, he would just go off on some random tangent and improvise something, something bizarre, but it all wound up bringing us back to these great moments and how those scenes played out. It just didn't make sense that ten people would vanish from a perfectly good ship in the middle of the ocean. If someone regales you with the tale of the Mary Celeste, the infamous ship found floating empty in the Atlantic in 1874, they will probably throw in some gruesome details — a bloody sword, a drunken crew, meals still sitting out half-eaten. The BBC reported the wreck was "almost completely covered by coral," which made finding it especially difficult. She found there was no evidence in his past that Captain Briggs would do anything irrational or hasty. So that's something that's so fascinating to me. It seems that even on the bottom of the ocean, the Mary Celeste is still able to screw with people. Not Captain Gilman Parker. Seven years later, she was transferred to American ownership, and was re-christened as the Mary Celeste . On the less-sensationalized end, an investigation chronicled in the 2007 documentary “The True Story of the Mary Celeste” was able to offer no definite conclusion, but did suggest a … She comes from an acting background, and so she also was very attuned to the fact that we had this script that's pretty bare bones. Netflix's 'The Haunting of Hill House' Ending Explained . I mean, I think I feel that way about a lot of my creative work. We also had a female DP [Director of Photography], and the two of them working together were just a dream team. She loves to apply her education to her work writing editorials and conducting interviews. I'm passionate about it. Later, she took her love for pop culture with her to college, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Suffolk University and a Masters Degree in Literature from University of Massachusetts Boston. On November 5, 1872, a ship called The Mary Celeste set sail from New York City bound for Genoa hauling about 1700 barrels of denatured alcohol (a poisonous alcohol mostly used as fuel). She explained how the real-life mystery behind the film's concept drew her to the project, as well as how she relates to Rachel's insatiable drive. It's like a spooky thriller. Share 0 Comments. Oh, it was so, so wonderful. 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A one-stop shop for all things video games. Those who believe that natural disaster was the cause of the ship’s demise say that one possibility is that the Mary Celeste got caught in a tornado at sea which whisked away the crew but left the ship practically intact. Captain Briggs came from a seafaring family and had lost three siblings and an uncle to the ocean over the years. I love getting to connect to people, I love having new experiences. But I think that what's compelling to me is that the driving force for all the events, all the scary things that happened and all the bad things that happened to these characters, is this woman's obsession and her inability to let go of this thing. During a large gale, the ship was blown onto rocks off the east coast of Canada. Since the weather had been bad, the hold had been closed up for weeks. I'm always intrigued by people like that. CBR: What would you want viewers to know about The Haunting of the Mary Celeste before they sit down to watch it for the first time? I mean, I hope that they get a good little thrill, and I really hope that they connect to the heart of it, because I feel like that's one of the things that is a little different from some horror -- I don't even know if I call it a horror movie. Haunting of the Mary Celeste is a 2020 American horror thriller film directed by Shana Betz with a script from David Ross and Jerome Oliver. MacGregor meticulously looked over all the evidence and came to the conclusion that, basically, a whole bunch of smaller things went wrong, which made it look like something big was going wrong. It was such a cool feeling, and then seeing it was really exciting, because I didn't know quite what it was going to look like. Yeah! In her later years, when the Mary Celeste inevitably lost her owners money, most of them just sold her. According to Ghost Ship, what they found was a perfectly serviceable vessel ... with no one onboard. Haunting of the Mary Celeste ... 3.0 out of 5 stars I hate movies with no real ending. In this supernatural psychological thriller, researcher Rachel takes her assistants Grant and Cassandra on her mission to discover what happened to the Mary Celeste, an American merchant ship whose crew mysteriously disappeared at sea. On Nov. 7, 1872, Captain Benjamin Briggs and the crew of the Mary Celeste, a merchant ship with a cargo of denatured alcohol, had left New York Harbor for Genoa, Italy. Oh, it was very cool. And Raquel [Fernández Nuñez], you know, we're shooting on this janky old boat that looks like it's about to sink on screen -- it felt like it was about to sink every time we were on it -- and Raquel would cram herself into corners to get just the right shot, because it wasn't like a set, where you can take out a wall and put your camera there. It was released on … Most of the details of these empty ships have been lost to history, and the story of the Mary Celeste might have been forgotten, too, if not for one significant difference. HD; TV-PG; On December 4, 1872, the unmanned Mary Celeste was found adrift in the Atlantic with its cargo fully intact. Haunting of the Mary Celeste is bringing horror to the high seas. He loaded the Mary Celeste with virtually worthless cargo — cheap boots and cat food, according to The Telegraph, rotten fish and stale beer per other sources. I love it. I just remember driving out in the desert outside of LA to this big pool. I was delighted to see this film was helmed by a woman director, but how did that change your experience on set? Can you tease the one scene you just can't wait for viewers to see? According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the problems started immediately. Based on notes in the ship's log, it appears the Mary Celeste's chronometer (the instrument that lets sailors know their location based on longitude) was faulty, and Briggs would have been slightly lost. By now, the vessel was infamous in the sailing community, and it took another year before anyone bought her. I've spent a lot of time in the water, but I've never done anything quite like that. The Mary Celeste, December 5th, 1872. Haunting of the Mary Celeste is bringing horror to the high seas. The salvager said the cargo was not what he'd been promised, and the crew testified that the ship had been damaged on purpose. It was published in the prestigious Cornhill Magazine and was a sensation. Then things seem to have calmed down for a while. They hailed the ship, but when they got no reply, a couple of the crew members rowed over to see what was up. [laughs] So that's the first one that comes to mind. That was something that was such a huge gift that she gave us, and I think also it helped her help me connect to this character and connect to the mother in her who has lost her daughter and lost her mind because of that. Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020. Abandoned ships were uncommon but not unheard-of in the 1800s. More tellings, like a 1935 film starring Bela Lugosi, muddled things further. The lifeboat, chronometer, and sextant were missing, but everyone's personal belongings had been left behind, including their foul weather gear and some things of value. It's funny, because you can do all this work to bring something to a character, but if you can't block out all the distractions, it doesn't matter. With Emily Swallow, Richard Roundtree, Ava Acres, Pierre Adele. I think that that mystery around it serves the film well. Where did those ten people go and why? I loved those scenes that we got to play together, because there is something unspoken between those two; they kind of get each other. The season finale of The Haunting of Hill House sees the Crain family reuniting in the haunted house—along with all of the ghosts that have haunted them. The hold was so packed with barrels that it was impossible to check the water level. The film stars Emily Swallow, Richard Roundtree, Ava Acres, Pierre Adele, Dominic DeVore, and Alice Hunter.. It was complete fiction but was written in a way that made it seem like a true account by the lone survivor of the voyage of the "Marie Celeste." Lower air pressure resulting from a waterspout might have thrown off measurements of how deep the water level was in the ship’s hull. Mary Celeste (/ s ə ˈ l ɛ s t /) (erroneously referred to as Marie Celeste) was an American merchant brigantine discovered adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores Islands on December 4, 1872. If pirates were responsible, they were inept ones, since the cargo was undisturbed, and other valuables were found onboard. She was just so patient and so, so confident in guiding us to the right place and maybe just doing it again, doing it again, taking the scene and improvising a few moments leading into it and getting us to that place of relaxation, because otherwise, I think that those tight shots would have been horrific, because there would have been all sorts of schmacting going on and you wouldn't really have a way into those characters' minds. You can catch her writing on Agents of SHIELD, the Arrowverse and more right here on CBR. She was found in disheveled condition… with her lifeboat missing and the last entry in the log dated ten days earlier. Based on notes in the ship's log, it appears the Mary Celeste's chronometer (the instrument that lets sailors know their location based on longitude) was faulty, and Briggs would have been slightly lost. Speaking to CBR, Haunting of the Mary Celeste star Emily Swallow, who plays Rachel, broke down her experience working on the film. Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew records one crew member who worked on the Amazon for two years around this time as insisting later in life that there was "nothing unusual about the ship.". I thought the final chapter, where we are taken right into the heart of the terrifying sea, was brilliantly written. Flora, Miles, and Uncle Henry survive the events of Bly Manor and move to America. He had always been steady and sober and was experienced. It was so surreal. By 1872, the ship had yet another new owner, a new captain, and a new name. And rough seas meant the Mary Celeste could be taking on dangerous amounts of water. It's ridiculous.". The denatured alcohol in the hold was essentially an industrial chemical. 'Tis the season, so I'd love to hear about your favorite horror movies and perhaps the ones that influenced your role in Haunting of the Mary Celeste. You don't get a lot of details about these people. Parker came back ashore, sold the wreck and its contents to a salvager, and then filed an insurance claim. The author of Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew told AccuWeather about his hypothesis in 2020. Furthermore, the type of wood was all wrong, and not native to the places the ship was built or refitted. She discovered comics thanks to the plethora of movies and television she grew up with, like Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man, the original X-Men film trilogy, X-Men: Evolution and Justice League Unlimited. Verified Purchase . Thinking the ship was about to explode, Briggs gave the order to abandon ship. Haunting of the Mary Celeste showed so much promise building up its characters and its own premise as a supernatural thriller. RELATED: Supernatural's Amara Teases Her Role in the Fight Against God. They determined the Mary Celeste was "apparently in good condition" and "nearly new." What at first seemed like a simple matter quickly turned strange. On the ship's maiden voyage, the captain came down with pneumonia and died. I just think that that's so cool, because we feel like we can figure everything out these days. She recalled what it was like to work with director Shana Betz and how they filmed the movie on an actual boat. This would explain why the Mary Celeste was soaking wet when discovered by the crew of the Dei Gratia. The crew survived, but damage to the boat was so bad that the owners gave up hope of repairing her, or even getting her off the rocks. In The Haunting of Bly Manor’s final moments Jamie falls asleep on a chair in her hotel room with the door once again cracked open. There's nothing that comes to mind immediately. The ship Dei Gratia set off from New York in the same direction as the Mary Celeste a few days later. A variation on this theory is that the fumes ignited, causing a huge bang. As for the more out-there theories: Obviously, it must somehow be the Bermuda Triangle's fault, even though the Mary Celeste was thousands of miles away from it. RELATED: Joe Hill Would Love to Direct a Remake of His Father's Maximum Overdrive. During the first four episodes, Dani is haunted by the memory of her deceased ex-fiancee , Edmund (Roby Attal), who was struck and killed by a vehicle shortly after Dani ended their relationship, the result of her attraction to women. The Mary Celeste was built in Canada in 1861 and originally called the Amazon. Every scene with him, it was fun. Yeah, I hope that people connect to that, and then I hope that they have a few moments where they jump. After boarding a boat captained by Richard Roundtree's Tulls and his crewman … Plenty of those who read the tale, including the Attorney General who had tried the original salvage case, thought it might be true. [laughs] That's all I wish! According to Naked History, she eventually finished the voyage to Italy and then returned to New York the next year. ( Archivist /Adobe Stock) The Mary Celeste’s Crew . Because people hear there was literally a boatload of alcohol, many assume the crew must have gotten drunk and mutinied. There's also, I think, at the core of it, it's compelling. So it was all just like, "What's going on here?" The Mary Celeste and her cargo were worth a lot of money, and the laws of the sea said "finders, keepers. But by 2005, the history of the Mary Celeste had to be rewritten yet again. So I was so happy that I got to work with him. And certainly, the central character is the the mystery of the story and the thriller part of it. THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE is a wonderfully ingenious novel, compelling, convincing and exciting. but it was really fun. All of them were made of red oak, which was more porous and likely to leak than all the other barrels, which were white oak. The film from Vertical … The Dei Gratia crew members were perplexed. Haunting of the Mary Celeste also stars Richard Roundtree, Ava Acres, Pierre Adele, Dominic DeVore, and Alice Hunter. I definitely fangirled a little bit at first, because he is a legend, like you said, but I found it so easy to connect to him. There were seven other crew members, including First Mate Albert Richardson, who was considered good enough to have captained the ship himself. I tried not to think about it as much as possible! They sold the vessel to a local man, who immediately sold her again. 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Then the weather must have changed, a strong wind caused the towline connecting the ship and lifeboat to break, and all those in it were doomed. According to Smithsonian, a young, pre-Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle heard the story of the Mary Celeste and used the barest facts about it to write a short story called "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement." Not every character on "The Haunting of Bly Manor" has a happy ending. The now-Mary Celeste was about to set off from New York Harbor, across the Atlantic to Italy. But yeah, I'll have to think about that one for a while, if there was one that actually inspired this particular character. We're doing it in the middle of the night. Briggs prudently delayed starting off for two days when faced with bad weather. That's one of the reasons I loved working with her, too, is that there were very creative ways that she found to create these moments of mystery and to make it something that your brain doesn't quite know what it's seeing. 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