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  John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
It's kill or be killed, or worse, be possessed by the ghosts of the distant planet.
"Ghost of Mars" is meat and potatoes filmmaking.
Jason Statham, with his Cockney accent and insouciant ways, makes himself notable and should get more work after "Ghosts of Mars." Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier is, sadly, used up very quickly and loses her head early on.
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 Ghosts of Mars : film review
John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars is reminiscent of the science fiction B films of decades past.
The type of stinker you would expect in the final days of the summer movie season, Ghosts Of Mars is yet another nail in the coffin of the career of John Carpenter.
Ghosts Of Mars, on the other hand, lumbers along like a bloated corpse, chock full of inane dialogue and ridiculous storytelling (there are so many flashbacks that for a while I thought I was watching Memento In Space).
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 MovieFreak.Com - Ghosts of Mars Review
While scientists debate the issue if there is or ever was life on Mars, one thing is certain, that humanity will eventually visit the red planet and colonize it as we go forth into the galaxy.
It is against this setting that veteran writer/director John Carpenter gives viewers his latest offering "Ghosts of Mars" Carpenter rose to prominence with such classics as "Halloween," "The Fog," "Escape from New York" and "The Thing," which quickly established him as a master of modern horror.
"Ghost of Mars" is set in 2176 AD, where Mars has long been colonized and is 84% terraformed to an Earth atmosphere.
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 Ghosts Of Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Ghosts of Mars (2001) Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube.
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 Ghosts of Mars (2001)
Ghosts of Mars is your opportunity to spend the weekend with Uncle John.
Hang out for a couple of hours in his bizarre, parallel-liberal universe in which matriarchy is promoted but the thrill of a slow-motion decapitation is exploited, where drugs are glorified and demonized simultaneously, and the good guys are just as bad as the bad guys and vice versa.
While Ghosts of Mars is the opposite of good, clean fun—if you've got the stomach for it—it's fun just the same.
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 Ghosts of Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Ghosts of Mars, director John Carpenter aims for neither the operatic emotionalism of Brian De Palma's
Ghosts of Mars is too elemental, it's also all too aware of its own camp value.
Ghosts of Mars gives us Carpenter on auto-pilot; despite its freak show villains and desperate techno/metal score, it's a square and routine clunker that could have been made anytime in the last twenty years.
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 Horror Movie Review | Ghosts of Mars (2001) Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube
Ghosts of Mars has an intriguing plot: it's the future, and mankind has colonized the red planet (that's Mars to you laymen), except the planet's original inhabitants, thought long dead, have awakened and now wants to kick out the invaders.
Ghosts of Mars is a Last Stand in a Haunted House movie (*read the review of Pitch Black for reference), only set on Mars, and within a mining colony.
Forget the fact that the "ghosts" of Mars are spirits who can inhabit any living body, effectively possessing them for their own usage.
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 Ghosts of Mars
Ghosts of Mars may be his nadir: a clueless, derivative space saga which lacks the intelligence, excitement and panache of Carpenter's earlier work.
On Ghosts of Mars, Carpenter treats the score like a jam session, bringing in a multitude of respected rock and metal artists to beef up his synthesised melodies.
I don't want to come across as an old fogey, but scores like Ghosts of Mars more than illustrate just what is wrong with certain parts of the film music industry today.
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 TheMovieBoy Review: John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001)
The self-servingly titled "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars" is yet another strand of evidence that Carpenter has lost the obvious talent he once had.
While not quite the fiasco that his last horrific foray, "Vampires," was, "Ghosts of Mars" is slovenly constructed and reasonably trashy, relying on flashbacks (and even flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks) so dogmatically that it quickly becomes ludicrous.
"Ghosts of Mars" is a step in the right direction for Carpenter after the hideous "Vampires," but one still has to wonder how the same genius who arguably began the onslaught of slasher movies with the brilliant, nerve-tingling "Halloween" could, twenty-three years later, have become such a hack.
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 SPLICEDwire | "Ghosts of Mars" review (2001) John Carpenter, Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Clea Duvall
He makes a point of citing in the introduction that the human colonies on Mars are a matriarchal society, and while the chicks in this pic are decidedly tough, nothing else in the entire film alludes to this fact or explains how and when it came to be.
None of this would matter if "Ghosts of Mars" had that trademarked John Carpenter sense of irony (like "Escape from New York," "Escape from L.A." and "They Live") or his even his genuine sense of terror (like "Halloween" and "The Thing").
What's more, "Ghost of Mars" feels like a lackluster retread of last year's "Pitch Black" -- a stylish, truly scary yet dryly ironic B-movie about the crew of a criminal transport who have to depend on a mass-murdering prisoner to survive after crash-landing on an eclipsed planet teeming with bloodthirsty, razor-toothed, armor-plated, flying alien monsters.
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 Ghosts of Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
But Ghosts of Mars quickly becomes a hodgepodge of self-mutilation and decapitation scenes mixed with bad makeup and an uninteresting heavy metal score.
The "ghosts" also lack motivation beyond the most basic mayhem; they grunt and scream and kill, and when they die they switch bodies.
Ghosts of Mars falls a few lightyears short.
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 John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
Ghosts of Mars is a horror movie disguised as science fiction.
The zombies even resemble archaic stereotypes of 'natives.' The premise of the story is that a group of policemen are going to transport James "Desolation" Williams (Ice Cube, Next Friday, Three Kings) to Shining Station, one of the many outposts on Mars.
Ghosts of Mars, co-written by Larry Sulkis (Village of the Damned, The Journey Inside) quickly turns into a race to escape, culminating in a bizarre dash to the train.
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 Ghosts of Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The one prisoner that was possessed is locked in a jail cell and she was told to keep an eye on him.
If I were there there'd have been an extra ghost on Mars after I blew her stupid brainless head off.
Terraformed, the new Mars was colonized but when WWIII occurs on Earth, the Martian colonies devolve into a feudal type society.
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 'Ghosts of Mars'
You see, when someone asks me what the worst movie of the summer is, I will respond, "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars." And there will be no doubt about who is responsible for it.
It's set on Mars in the year 2176, when society is matriarchal and Mars is inhabited by 640,000 people who live and work on the Red Planet.
"Ghosts of Mars" turns into a bloody showdown between the possessed and the unpossessed, set to the beat of thumping music.
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 John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
GOM will still be on course without her and no confirmed word of a replacement yet.
Unfortunately, with his latest script Ghosts of Mars, Carpenter seems to be sacrificing the slow and focused build-up that has marked his stronger films (The Thing, The Fog, Christine, Halloween) for quick build-up action a la Vampires.
Ghosts of Mars is a cross between Alien, The Thing, and Pitch Black.
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"John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars" is the second recent film John Carpenter has put his name on, and like the previous one, "John Carpenter's Vampires," it is a mixed bag of mostly brainless entertainment.
On the matriarchy-dominated Mars of the future, a team of police officers are sent to a remote mining outpost to pick up a notorious prisoner accused of mass murder, but when they find more than they bargained for, the cops are forced to team up with the criminal against an enemy bent on destroying them.
The Ghosts are mostly armed with serrated swords and very cool thrown razor discs, making for some memorable, make-you-cringe kills.
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 Ghosts of Mars
Mars is their planet, and they don't like the idea of sharing it with humans.
The ghosts inhabit the bodies of the colonists and use them to drive away Ballard and her team.
Ghosts of Mars will definitely divide audiences, so put me on the side that thinks this a fun ride.
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 Ghosts of Mars
Ghosts of Mars starts with officer Melanie Ballard(Natasha Henstridge) arriving hand cuffed into a train which was doing a routine prisoner transfer from one Martian city to another.
Wasn't bad enough that Ballard's crew was attempting to transfer Mar's most dangerous criminal for trail in another city but now they have hundreds of blood thirsty mutants on them as well.
Ghosts offered a shit load of violence, gore, hip hop one liners(that's right mutha fucker) and some very loud guitar riffs(which seemed to go on and on through out the whole movie) but offered little in the way of entertainment.
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 Ghosts of Mars Movie Review at Hollywood Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
It's 2176, and Mars has been 84% terraformed for eventual full-scale human colonization — though it looks like the same old sienna-desert dust-heap shown in every other Red Planet flick.
Mars begins with the latest in a series of mysterious "incidents." This time, a cargo train has arrived (by auto pilot) at the capital city of Chryse with only one passenger, Lieutenant Melanie Ballard (Species' Natasha Henstridge).
Ghosts of Mars is light-years away from the terror of the director's seminal fright-fest Halloween or even the inventiveness of his '80s cult classics Escape from New York and Prince of Darkness.
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 Ghosts of Mars
Here is the latest, entitled John Carpenter's Ghost of Mars, the scenario of horror and science fiction enlists the infamous red planet.
The script worked on by Larry Sulkis and Carpenter takes Ballard and her police squad into a ghost town somewhere out of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Ghosts of Mars does offer an intriguing premise which would have worked better if a little humor was injected.
Pam Grier is decent as the hard-edged Commander Braddock early on as the veteran lets us in on her proclivities while Jason Statham (Snatch) exhibits swagger as Jericho and the headstrong Descanso (Liam White) is around the indecisive new cop on the block, Clea Duvall's Bashira.
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 Ghosts of Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Ghosts of Mars DVD has commentary by Natasha Henstridge and John Carpenter.
Ghosts of Mars is almost a spoof on all the old Hammer horror films, on the Romero’s
The ending of Ghosts of Mars is quite close to the ending of Assault on Precinct 13.
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 FILM REVIEWH: Another Bad Mars Movie -- John Carpenter’s ‘Ghost of Mars’ Proves that ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Ghosts of Mars is disappointing to anyone who expects movies to convince the viewer that they are spectators to actual events, and not that they are watching a bunch of actors jumping around on some sound stage with poorly built sets.
Ghost of Mars begins with the return of Sergeant Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) from some adventure, alone and unconscious.
Apparently, the so-called “Ghosts of Mars” are taking over people’s bodies and making them kill each other in order to protect themselves from the human invaders.
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 ER | Ghosts of Mars (2001)
With GHOSTS OF MARS it's nice to see the ol' master hitting his stride again.
Natasha Henstridge (SPECIES, MAXIMUM RISK) is the Mars Police Force cop who relates the flick's framework story after she's discovered unconscious and handcuffed on an abandoned freight train.
Yes, GHOSTS OF MARS is a check your brain at the door action-sci-fi flick loaded with hand-to-hand combat, a bushelful of decapitations and assorted hackings.
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 Ghosts of Mars
In the case of Ghosts of Mars, he definitely got one of those two.
It had some interesting ideas (such as the matriarchal society on Mars, and a creature that possesses a host until it dies, then jumps to the next one), but didn't seem to use them in a constructive way.
The chief villain of the piece (tyranist explained that his name was Big Daddy Mars, as if I needed another reason not to like the film) was ridiculous-looking, completely not frightening, and more obnoxious than anything else.
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 Ghosts of Mars - music reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Carpenter always knows what music fits best in his films and since GHOSTS OF MARS is a kick ass action film, the score rocks hard, "Ghosts Of Mars" is set-up by Carpenter's keyboards and Bucket Baker's percussion.
"Ghost Poppin'" ends the CD with Steve Vai's screaming guitar, Anthrax's destruction of power, while Carpenter mixes in his keyboards with Robbin Finck's guitar.
GHOSTS OF MARS is 43 minutes of music that will rock your world.
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 IGN: Ghosts of Mars Review
The storyline is pure Carpenter: It's 2176 and Mars is a terra-formed colony ruled (inexplicably) by a matriarchal society (in other words, the ladies are in charge).
That's because everyone else has been wiped out by the "ghosts" of the title – evil Martians that were released during an archaeological dig, which possess humans and turn them into cannibalistic killing machines.
Plus, Ghosts of Mars continues what appears to be Carpenter’s attempts at social satire — something he got into with They Live and continued with Escape from L.A. This time, most of the satire is directed at this seemingly totalitarian matriarchy (tinged with predatory lesbianism) that rules Mars.
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 The Flick Filosopher | Ghosts of Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Mars Police Force Lieutenant Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge: Bounce, Dog Park) is the only person on that train, and when it docks at Chryse, "First City on Mars," she's got some 'splainin' to do.
And that's pretty much the problem with Ghosts of Mars: it sets up some cool, pulpy ideas and then never runs with them.
It devolves into unintentionally funny crap sci-fi at the end, but Ghosts of Mars is little more than a heavy-metal music video.
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 DVD.net : Ghosts of Mars - DVD Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
But on the flipside, Ghosts of Mars isn’t as totally inept as some might make out, but it’s also a loooong long way from his heyday classics like The Thing or Halloween.
Ghosts of Mars has some excellent sound design, with almost constant atmospherics and ambience utilising the surrounds to great effect.
Video Diary: Red Desert Nights is a fairly forgettable little featurette with behind the scenes type footage, Scoring Ghosts of Mars is a peek at the process with Carpenter and the bands hired to perform the score, and then a look at some Special Effects Deconstruction.
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 Ghosts of Mars
A police squad is sent out to a remote mining camp on the planet to transport a dangerous criminal back to the one developed town on Mars for his trial.
At the outpost the cops encounter mass murder and monsters whose evil spreads by gaseous clouds, released when the human bodies they inhabit are destroyed.
She and three other cops were sent from the Martian City of Chryse (pronounced cry-see) to a mining outpost, Shining Canyon, to escort a notorious and dangerous criminal James "Desolation" Williams (Ice Cube) back to Chryse for his trial.
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