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.


John Carpenter
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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


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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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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Did You Know?


Clea DuVall appeared in The Grudge (2004), and Joanna Cassidy appeared in The Grudge 2 (2006). 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 »


Tres: Where's your brother?
Desolation Williams: He didn't make it.
Tres: Oh God.
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5 August 2018 | by lukem-52760See all my reviews

Another JOHN CARPENTER movie that is so underrated it's SILLY,like most of his BRILLIANT films they are always underrated & hated on to a ridiculous degree & then like 20 yrs later are rediscovered as lost classic's? Anyway i liked this AWESOME sci-fi Thriller from the very beginning in 2001 when i first rented it on video, i absolutely Love the Atmosphere in this just like carpenter does with his films he creates a scary dread filled atmosphere & here it's lonely setting on mars at an abandoned mining base is really creepy & unsettling. The cast is cool with the likes of ICE CUBE, JASON STATHAM,PAM GRIER & NATASHA HENSRIDGE are all great in their roles i really liked Jason Statham in this early role as a tough security officer before he became a Hollywood action hero. This is a relatively low budget movie compared to the main big movies that Hollywood make but it's great quality & has an excellent setting & really scary voodoo type crazy ancient alien spirits that possess people & turn them into crazy warriors who kill anyone, it's great fun & has very good FX & really well made production design & like i said the empty doom filled atmosphere is excellent & you just want them to hide in a room & board it all up because out there is TERRIFYING!!! So yes Carpenter has made another great film in the mould of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 & ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, it has that feel. Quick story bit, a team of government security officers are sent to pick up a wanted Criminal & transport him back but find there is something very bad happening at the mining colony!!! a very exciting thrill ride with another excellent carpenter score!!! Also the futuristic train the team ride in in AWESOME looking great design & the officers uniforms look great all excellent production design!!! A great fun late night sci-fi Thriller with Horror & excitement just good fun entertainment with that creepy Carpenter atmosphere & cool music.

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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


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,804,452, 26 August 2001

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