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Princess of Mars (2009)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller, War | Video 29 December 2009
When a solider in the middle east gets wounded in the line of duty, he is teleported to the planet Barsoom. There, he must face the hostile aliens to fight for his survival again.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Carter
... Dejah Thoris
... Tars Tarkas
... Sarka / Sab Than
Mitchell Gordon ... Tal Hajus
... Sola
... Kantos Kan
... Saroh Kan
... Cornwell Sams
Rob Ullett ... Hudson
... Atol Nard
Mohammad Kavianpour ... Hosan
Jay Beyers ... Thark Gordack
Ali Tagi Alexander ... Jamal
Jonathan Footman ... Thark


John Carter (Antonio Sabato Jr.) is some kind of lone soldier in the middle east who looks at everyone through the scope on his rifle, until one day he gets shot a bunch of times and the government decides to reconstruct him on another planet for some reason. Naked and surrounded by hostile aliens, John Carter must fight for survival as aliens try to kill him and/or make him eat bugs. John Carter does NOT WANT TO EAT BUGS. Written by Matt Pierce

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29 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Avatar of Mars  »

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Released on December 29th, 2009 to capitalize on Avatar (2009), which was released in the U.S. on December 18th, 2009. Some claim that Avatar (2009) director James Cameron drew inspiration from the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, which Princess of Mars (2009) is also based upon. See more »


During the first spiderling attack the collar and chain vanishes from around Carter's neck and then reappears. See more »


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How To Make An Asylum Film
31 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

1) Find a big-budget movie you can somehow associate your cheap knockoff with. That's easy, they are in development for years, while your ripoff can be made in a few weeks.

2) Try to claim it is linked to some book in the Public Domain. H.G Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs won't turn into literary Zombies and march on your offices. (Although that would be more interesting that most asylum films, come to think of it.)

3) Get some washed up actors. People that you might have heard of, but aren't getting good roles these days.

4) Cheap Special Effects- Get some of those kookie You-Tube kids to make your monsters...badly edited them into the film.

5) Pad out 10 minutes of plot with an hour of fight scenes and wandering through the desert scenes.

Okay, Really, I'm going to say some nice things about this film. It's actually better than your average Asylum film, but that's like saying it's the least trampy Jerry Springer guest.

They've actually remained somewhat faithful to the Burroughs story, updating it a bit. (Carter is still from Virginia, but now he's an ex-Green Beret instead of an ex-Confederate officer.)

Honestly, the weakest part of the film was Traci Lords. She's never been a good actress, and you can tell she's in her forties every time they did a close up. Honestly, the girl who played the lizard chick was more attractive. Or at least firm in the places a woman should be firm.

Hey, I noticed something else. Ever notice in an asylum film, they have a lot of gunplay, but the muzzles of the weapons are almost always out of frame when they are being fired? I guess someone didn't budget for blank ammunition, but sound effects are always cheap. And Martians have 50 cals and Kalishnikovs, just like we do on earth.

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