John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars

John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars

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Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Jason Statham

     
 

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Writer and director John Carpenter returns to the mixture of science fiction and horror that made The Thing (1982) a success. Natasha Henstridge stars as Lt. Melanie Ballard of the Martian Police Force, a member of a law enforcement team two centuries in the future, dispatched to the remote colony of Shining Canyon. There, the most notorious criminal on Mars,See more details below

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Writer and director John Carpenter returns to the mixture of science fiction and horror that made The Thing (1982) a success. Natasha Henstridge stars as Lt. Melanie Ballard of the Martian Police Force, a member of a law enforcement team two centuries in the future, dispatched to the remote colony of Shining Canyon. There, the most notorious criminal on Mars, James "Desolation" Williams (Ice Cube), awaits transport to a more secure jail. Besides Ballard, the other cops include the rookie Bashira (Clea Duvall), hotshot and fast talker Jericho (Jason Statham), tough veteran and squad leader Helena (Pam Grier), and reliable soldier Descanso (Liam Waite). Once Ballard and her companions arrive in Shining Canyon, however, they discover that it's a literal ghost town. It seems that an archaeologist team led by Professor Whitlock (Joanna Cassidy) has uncovered an ancient relic at a nearby dig site, unleashing the vengeful spirits of the planet's long-ago warrior inhabitants, which have now possessed the bodies of the human invaders and set about trying to destroy them. After her team is decimated by the Martian specters, Ballard is forced to turn for help to the one person she can't really trust: Williams. Ghosts of Mars screenwriter Larry Sulkis broke into the film business as producer of the satirical commercials in Carpenter's They Live (1988).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - R.J. Wafer
Even after 18 feature films and numerous TV excursions, genre auteur John Carpenter still gives his fans what they want: action, adventure, and mayhem. In Ghosts of Mars, the seasoned writer/director/composer lets loose with all the cinematic suspense and violence one could expect from the man behind Halloween and Escape from New York. On Mars in the year 2025, Natasha Henstridge turns the tables on her role in Species, this time fighting for the humans (rather than killing them) as a police lieutenant who must escort dangerous prisoner Ice Cube from an abandoned mining town to the Martian capital. However, in a Pitch Black-meets-Poltergeist twist, the local excavation has set free some Martian spirits from an ancient burial ground -- and oh, are they angry! Soon both the prisoner and the police crew -- which includes Pam Grier, Jason Statham, and Clea Duvall -- must band together to fight for life and limb. Nonstop action and incredible effects have come to characterize Carpenter's movies for nearly 30 years now, and Ghosts of Mars proves no exception to the rule.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The payoff is a series of well-staged action sequences, made atmospheric by the rusty red atmosphere which colors everything. At one point the cops barricade themselves inside the mining camp's police station, which will remind Carpenter fans of his first feature, Assault on Precinct 13.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
UPC:
0043396295315
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Director and Natasha Henstrige Commentary; ; Video Diary: Red Desert Nights; ; Featurette: "The Music Behind The Movie"; Special Effects (SFX) Deconstructions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ice Cube James "Desolation" Williams
Natasha Henstridge Lt. Melanie Ballard
Jason Statham Jericho Butler
Pam Grier Commander Helena Braddock
Joanna Cassidy Professor Whitlock
Richard Cetrone Big Daddy Mars
Clea Duvall Bashira Kincaid
Rosemary Forsyth Inquisitor
Duane Davis Uno
Liam Waite Descanso
Robert Carradine Rodale

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Robin Bush Costumes/Costume Designer
William Elliott Production Designer
Gary B. Kibbe Cinematographer
Sandy King Producer
Robert Kurtzman Makeup Special Effects
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Larry Sulkis Screenwriter
Paul Warschilka Editor

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