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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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John Carpenter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Henstridge ... Lieutenant Melanie Ballard
Ice Cube ... Desolation Williams
Jason Statham ... Sgt Jericho Butler
Clea DuVall ... Bashira Kincaid
Pam Grier ... Commander Helena Braddock
Joanna Cassidy ... Whitlock
Richard Cetrone ... Big Daddy Mars
Rosemary Forsyth ... Inquisitor
Liam Waite ... Michael Descanso
Duane Davis ... Uno
Lobo Sebastian ... Dos
Rodney A. Grant ... Tres
Peter Jason ... McSimms
Wanda De Jesus ... Akooshay
Doug McGrath ... Benchley
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Storyline

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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Terror is the same on any planet See more »

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars See more »

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Box Office

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In a 2006 interview, Ice Cube nominated this as the worst movie he had appeared in, calling it "unwatchable in many ways. John Carpenter really let us down with the special effects on that one - it looked like something out of a film from 1979". See more »

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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 »

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Jericho Butler: Eutopia, the ass end of the universe. A penal camp for thieving cutthroats.
Melanie Ballard: Sounds nasty. But you seem to be holding up pretty well.
Jericho Butler: Yeah, well, I have many hidden talents.
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It grows on you
17 July 2002 | by cobrafunkSee all my reviews

well i went to see this when it came out in the theatre with some friends and they wanted to leave halfway through the movie because of the absolute dragging on of the set-up of the story.well i left with them always wondering what happened in the second half.i rented the dvd when it was released and wished i had stayed the first time to watch the entire picture.i have since bought the dvd and watched the special features[which has the some behind the scenes footage,special effects,and making of the soundtrack]which include the commentary by mr carpenter himself and his lovely star natasha.carpenter explains that he had a real hard time with the first part of the movie.he wanted to get things moving along but he was also trying to develop the characters and set up the movie as well.the flashback scenes were really wearing me out though and this is not shot like a typical carpenter movie.carpenter has always been a master in creating and building up suspense but,it doesn't quite work in this movie.it would have helped if the dialogue had been a little more interesting but it is pretty straight-forward stuff.when we finally get to the action sequences carpenter himself says in the commentary"FINALLY INTO THE ACTION PHASES".even carpenter was really ready for the action pick up.the fight scenes are top-notch and the special effects get kicked into high gear during this second half of the movie.also there is some pretty funny humor during this time which seems to work.during the commentary carpenter keeps heaping praise on his lovely star ms natasha.she does do a good job and considering the fact that she was a last minute addition to the cast{only one week before filming}her performance is worthy of praise.one thing to keep in mind DO NOT TAKE THIS FILM SO SERIOUSLY.this is something that carpenter told his cast and should be told to viewers.yeh it's a little monotonous during the early stages but the payout later is worth it.not carpenters' best movie or worst.village of the damned i thought was his poorest but i have since changed that because like this movie it grows on you.


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