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Ghosts of Mars (2001)


1/10: Oh my... this is BAD... must read before renting
Thursday, October 18, 2001

MUST READ BEFORE PAYING REAL MONEY *** John Carpenter was once a really good filmmaker, well at least a good director. Just think of the 1982 classic "The Thing", which is simply excellent. He didn't write that movie, but the cinematography is very good. Unfortunately he DID write "John Carpenter's Vampires" a few years back, and it sucked. It sucked bad. He also wrote "Ghosts of Mars" (referred to as GOM from now on), which sucks even more. I'm a fan of horror, sci-fi, monster movies and dramas.This movie is none of the above, but it tries to be a horror movie against a sci-fi setting. It's quite tragic because all it becomes is a lame monster movie on Mars. Or wait... this movie is actually just a western in space...with monsters.SO WHAT'S BAD ABOUT IT? Well, lots of things. To begin with the movie is set in the year 2176...

9/10: Another underrated Carpenter Cult Classic!!!! Excellent piece of Sci-fi, Action & Horror
Sunday, August 5, 2018

Another JOHN CARPENTER movie that is so underrated it's SILLY,like most of his BRILLIANT films they are always underrated & hated on to a ridiculous degree & then like 20 yrs later are rediscovered as lost classic's?Anyway i liked this AWESOME futuristic sci-fi Thriller from the very beginning in 2001 when i first rented it on video, i absolutely Love the Atmosphere in this just like carpenter does with his films, he creates a scary dread filled atmosphere & here it's lonely setting on mars at an abandoned mining base is really creepy & unsettling.The ensemble cast is excellent with the likes of Ice Cube (Friday) & Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) & Natasha Henstridge (Species) are all great in their roles i really liked Jason Statham (The Transporter) in this early role as a tough security officer before he became a huge Hollywood action hero, also Clea Duvall (The Faculty) & Carpenter regular Peter Jason (They Live) all put in...

7/10: Assault on Planet 13
Monday, August 27, 2001

Mars has fascinated humans for years. It's the closest planet to us, and the only one that comes close in terms of livability. Its forbidding landscape and dire red color scheme are magnetic (at least in movies; I can't tell you how disappointed I was when that little NASA toy-car thing sent back pictures and Mars looks like Utah. No red sky, even.)But Mars has a curse. You just can't make a decent movie about it. Think about all the Mars movies in history (...Attacks!, Mission to..., Red Planet, Angry and otherwise, Santa Claus vs. the Martians, etc.), none of which have been able to rise above the "not bad, not great" category, if even that. The lone exception to the Mars Curse is "Total Recall", which is a fine film, but it can be persuasively argued that it never actually takes place on Mars at all.Throw "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars" on...

4/10: Carpenter's worst movie
Thursday, November 6, 2008

Being a fan of John Carpenter it was mentioned , when i gave my review of " They Live" , that i should see his movie Ghosts of Mars. I'm not sure if this was a recommendation or a suggestion just so that i could see that Carpenter is capable of make bad movies as well as good ones. I can only think it was the latter. Ghosts of Mars is a tale of rescue and escape from a colonized Mars 175 years into the future. Mars, 2176 AD. Long inhabited by human settlers, it has become the dark and dangerous manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. 640,000 people now live and work at far-flung outposts all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode: a long-dormant Martian civilisation whose warriors, now unleashed and apparently unstoppable, are systematically taking over the bodies of human...

10/10: If you want to know something about John Carpenter go and watch Ghosts Of Mars
Sunday, May 16, 2004

First of all, i have to say that John Carpenter is a brilliant, flawless director because his every shot, every scene, narrative style is perfect, whatever he wants it's on screen. I know, then why his movies are flops at the theatrical release? - 'cause there's a problem with us(people) to understand his films that are really old-fashioned aiming rather at the people in the 60's-70's and that's the only Carpenter's flaw as a director, his bad timing(maybe born out of time). But when his movies at its core are good it's only a matter of time to be fancied. I think we should start appreciate such a director who's devoted to an old genuine film-making and not to these days where everything has to be big, right in your face. I love his subtle style especially in future classic as Ghosts Of Mars. This film is very...

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