John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  98 min.
Release Date: August 24, 2001

Current rating: Rating: 2.86
based on 198 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Natasha Henstridge, Clea DuVall, Jason Statham, Pam Grier, Ice Cube, Joanna Cassidy


In a dusty frontier mining town on Mars, 175 years in the future, a small squad of police have been sent to transfer an extremely dangerous criminal, Desolation Williams, back to the main administrative Martian city, Chryse. The heroine, Melanie (Henstridge), is second in command of this squad.

What no one realizes is that mining operations have uncovered --and disturbed-- the ruins of an ancient Martian civilization and unleashed a kind of spiritual doomsday defense system that will destroy any foreign presence inhabiting Mars.

When the cops arrive at this remote outpost, no one but the criminals locked away in the local jail have survived... And the "Martian Ghosts" are determined not to let them get away.

Director: John Carpenter
Studio: Screen Gems
Producer(s): Sandy King
Screenplay: John Carpenter, Larry Sulkis
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  • 4 stars "Vastly underappreciated Carpenter film blends elements of Kurosawa's RASHOMON, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, and his own ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. Didn't have much of an ending, but still satisfying."
  • 1 star " frightens me that even a single person on this planet or mars for that matter saw any redeeming qualities in this movie....perhaps the worst acting i've ever seen.....however difficult it is to deliver the worst script ever written....the real mystery is how could carpenter have directed a masterpiece like "The Thing" and everything else he's attempted is complete trash"