John Carpenter's Ghosts of MarsDirector: John Carpenter
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,/i>… See more details below
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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- Mill Creek Ent
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- [Wide Screen, Color]
- [Dolby Digital Stereo]
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Cast & Crew
|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|
|John Carpenter||Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|Howard Berger||Makeup Special Effects|
|Robin Bush||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|William Elliott||Production Designer|
|Gary B. Kibbe||Cinematographer|
|Robert Kurtzman||Makeup Special Effects|
|Gregory Nicotero||Makeup Special Effects|
1. Chapter 1 [24:41]
2. Chapter 2 [46:39]
3. Chapter 3 [26:38]
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Wow... not sure what Carpenter was thinking when he made this flick. I've mostly been a fan of John Carpenter's work but this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Filled with cheesy not so scary zombie like creatures that are hilarious at times and down right annoying at others. This one is a stinker for sure... still can't believe this got 'Two thumbs up' from Ebert and Roeper... someone must have paid them off.
DISSAPOINTED ! one of the worse i eva seen from john..
Really interesting story line, and memorable quotes. I love this movie.
I am a big John Carpenter fan and was roundly disappointed with this one. It could have been good: the cinematography, the story, most of the actors. Sadly, the whole thing was let down by angry Mars guy who just growled & shrieked his way through the second half. Some good elements but, on the whole, not up to par. With even mediocre villany, this movie would have been as good as Escape from New York.
I actually did enjoy this movie. It's action filled and full of surprises. Not the best Carpenter film, but it's a good one.
Why did John make such garbage, it stupid you don't get the point and sand ghost like martains posseing people the only okay thing about it is the gore effects but if you are a big fan of Jon carpenter avoid this and vampires
I'm a John Carpenter nut, so to know John Carpenter is to know that he loves spaghetti westerns that time forgot. Ghosts Of Mars is just a Sci-Fi reincarnation of those types of films. I have to defend Carpenter because he creates these films not to be taken seriously or to be full of themselves but to simply entertain, and sometimes even enlighten. He is a master of uniqueness and he is not afraid to play things up tongue and cheek. I'm going to be generous with the rating and give it a 4 for it's creativeness.