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Ghosts of Mars (2001)

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In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.


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200 years in the future a Martian police unit is dispatched to transport a dangerous prisoner from a mining outpost back to justice. But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet. Written by IMDb staff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Terror is the same on any planet See more »


Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,804,452, 26 August 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,434,601, 23 September 2001
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the film's soundtrack, director and composer John Carpenter called upon various rock musicans to help enhance his own score. They include members of Anthrax, Steve Vai, Guns N' Roses' guitarists Buckethead and Robin Finck and Elliot Easton (formerly of The Cars). See more »


Skill saw blades can inflict severe lacerations when thrown; however they are not sturdy enough, nor could they be thrown hard enough, to amputate limbs or heads as shown in the film. See more »


Commander Helena Braddock: So, where is everybody?
Melanie Ballard: Yeah, Friday night, the whole place should be packed. A whole twelve hours before sun up and there's money to burn, whores to fuck and drugs to take.
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Referenced in Piano 17 (2005) See more »

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The slippery slope to mediocrity
29 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

John Carpenter has made a pretty decent living out of directing low-budget action-horror flicks in various sub-genres. A couple of his sci-fi efforts are genuinely good fun. This movie isn't one of them.

Natasha Henstridge has visual appeal, but delivers her lines with all the emotion of a lump of granite. Ice Cube proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is no actor, despite a couple of passable earlier efforts in 'Boyz n the Hood' (1991) and 'Friday' (1995). Jason Statham's character Jericho - supposedly attractive due to his breeding prowess - couldn't get a root in a brothel.

The Martians are about as scary as a good bottle of shiraz... three of which may increase your enjoyment of the movie to a tolerable level. No, make it four. Carpenter doesn't even manage a workable soundtrack... usually one of his strengths. I got really familiar with the bits that were saying: "Go to the fridge and find some munchies. Super-boring bit coming up."

If you want some topnotch Carpenter sci-fi, check out cult favourite 'They Live', either of the 'Escape from...' movies, or mega-classic 'The Thing'. This one, however, deserves a swift and permanent burial.

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