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Ghosts of Mars (2001)

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

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It's their planet... we are the aliens. See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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

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24 August 2001 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars  »

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Budget:

$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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For the film's score, music producer Bruce Robb brought in famed heavy metal band Anthrax to play to picture for director John Carpenter, who had originally filmed the movie listening to Metallica. The film's score is entirely original and was recorded by Robb at his Cherokee Studios in Hollywood. The film's DVD offers a bonus feature with behind-the-scenes footage in the studio with the musicians, Carpenter and Robb. See more »

Goofs

When Ballard breaks free from Williams' grip, the knife at her throat can clearly be seen to bend with her neck rather than slice a gaping wound in it. See more »

Quotes

Desolation Williams: [the train has not arrived] Where the hell's the train?
Melanie Ballard: I don't know.
Uno: You don't know? What the fuck is that supposed to mean?
Melanie Ballard: [On radio] Lieutenant to the train!
Desolation Williams: Plan A is fucked up! You got a Plan B?
Melanie Ballard: Yeah, it's the same as Plan A. You got any fresh ideas?
Desolation Williams: Yeah, what we should of done in the first place.
[cocks Uzi's and walks forward]
Melanie Ballard: Shit!
[Does the same]
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you're all missing the point
26 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Carpenter's films tend to age like fine wine. When they're released, they're lamblasted by critics and fans. Ten years later, they're classics; for instance, "The Thing", "Big Trouble in Little China", "They Live", "Prince of Darkness" -- and "Ghost of Mars" is no exception. This is a tremendously entertaining film that shouldn't be viewed as a horror film, but rather, as a tongue-in-cheek western, in the vain of the Spaghetti Westerns. You all have to pull your heads out and watch this film again...in about nine years. I'll bet you'll say, "You know what, that was a hell of a lot of fun." In the meantime, get off Carpenter's ass.


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