Ghosts of Mars

Film, Science fiction

Time Out says

Mars, 2176. Shapely cop Ballard (Henstridge) is quizzed by superiors after returning to base, apparently the sole survivor of a mission to retrieve dangerous criminal 'Desolation' Williams (Ice Cube) from a distant mining outpost. Flashbacks reveal Ballard's team arriving at the camp to discover a scene of slaughter, the colonists having been taken over by a mysterious ancient force and turned into cannibal zombie psychopaths. The movie is itself possessed by powerful older spirits: the spectres of Carpenter's back catalogue. Buffs will have a field day ticking off the self-homages, starting with the period setting - exactly 200 years after his breakthrough Assault on Precinct 13. It's easy to knock the hole-ridden plot, the Blake's 7 effects, and the dated racket that is Carpenter's own synth-metal score. But to take it seriously would be to miss the point: the crazily complicated flashback structure and hilarious hardboiled dialogue are all the more amusing for being played dead-on straight.

By: NY


Release details

98 mins

Cast and crew

John Carpenter
Larry Sulkis, John Carpenter
Joanna Cassidy
Pam Grier
Ice Cube
Robert Carradine
Clea Duvall
Liam Waite
Duane Davis
Jason Statham
Wanda DeJesus
Natasha Henstridge
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