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Ghosts of Mars (2001)

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Years in the future, 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


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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:

$3,804,452 (USA) (24 August 2001)


£104,723 (UK) (30 November 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


During the battle when the survivors are waiting for the train to arrive the first time, a sword makes the noise of hitting metal when colliding with a gun, but it bends significantly and is obviously made of rubber. See more »


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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References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

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5 November 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Who expects the next candidate for "best film" from John Carpenter? I certainly do not. But his films have a certain charm. They all have certain B-movie qualities, which by itself is not a bad thing. "Ghosts" has virtually no story, but hey-- it does not matter. It has a kick-ass soundtrack, done by the maestro himself (as usual) with the help of certain well-known metal and hardrock bands (not usual). The whole thing has style. As "Vampires" and "Escape from New York" have.

Its narrative structure is unusally non-chronological, the setting has a mostly realistic feel to it and the actors are not all that bad. Although Pam Grier definitively has seen better times, movie-wise. But we get Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge. And what the heck, I never watched a Carpenter for the depth of character development. His movies manage something that too many big-budget productions fail at: they entertain. And certainly, "Ghosts" is fun to watch, like the usual "good guys vs. bad guys BAM BAM" computer game. Not very sophisticated, okay. But still it works quite well, somehow.

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