Ghosts of Mars (2001) (Blu-ray Review)

Ghosts of Mars (2001) (Blu-ray Review)

Ghosts of Mars (2001) (Blu-ray Review)

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Ghosts of Mars (2001) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Carpenter
Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham
Rated: R/Region: 1/2:40/1080p/Number of disc: 2
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment

Natasha Henstridge (Species) is Melanie Ballard, a headstrong police lieutenant on Mars in the year 2025. Humans have been colonizing and mining on the red planet for some time, but when Ballard and her squad are sent to a remote region to apprehend the dangerous criminal James “Desolation” Williams, played by Ice Cube (Friday), they discover that he’s the least of their worries. The mining operations have unleashed a deadly army of Martian spirits who take over the bodies of humans and won’t stop until they destroy all invaders of their planet.

John Carpenter’s Ghost of Mars is the film that caused the horror master to take off about ten years from films. It was originally written as a Snake Plissken sequel, but as you can tell it sure didn’t end up that way. Let’s be honest, the film IS bad, but one could argue it might also fall over to the “good” bad if watched with your brain turned off. The film has soo many flaws, but it is amusing with those flaws. For one, it has tons of flashbacks and the flashbacks even have flashbacks. Carpenter is a great director, but that stuff is best left to people like Quentin Tarantino. It isn’t like each new flashback as a big reveal, so the film would have been better to have just gone the traditional route. Also, while Ice Cube is a lot of fun, he’s not really a dude I buy in all roles like this, but the man is still very entertaining.

Also, due to how the film is laid back with Natasha Henstridge’s character telling us what happened there is never any real suspense because we know no matter what happens she has made it out. This takes away from the drama, but I just wish it took away from some of the dumb moves out characters make. We still have lots of decapitations. We have some OK action scenes and it does give off a campy feel at times. While Ghosts of Mars certainly isn’t a good movie by any sense of the traditional terms, it can still make for an OK time while watching. Just be sure you like your movies with a heavy side of cheese on them. This isn’t Carpenter at his best, but it’s still a movie I can make fun of a little bit and still enjoy it while I watch it. It is also a nice added touch that the Blu-ray upgrade from Mill Creek now Has some extras.


– Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Natasha Henstridge
– Video Diary: Red Desert Nights
– Scoring Ghosts of Mars
– Special Effects Deconstruction

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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