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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 15 out of 26
  1. 80
    It's cheap thrills all the way, served up with the kind of situational purity that only Carpenter seems to care for these days. It's that simple and that much fun.
  2. Carpenter writes his own scripts -- here with past collaborator Larry Sulkis -- and their "Ghosts" screenplay lacks the density, character and humor of a Hollywood genre classic.
  3. A redundancy, and a bore. The characters are harrowingly unsympathetic, the action sequences are by-the-numbers, and Carpenter's usual saving grace -- his sense of humor -- is nowhere in evidence.
  4. 30
    Like a zombie picture directed by one of the undead.
  5. 25
    A horror/sci-fi/action mishmash that aims to be the kind of brainless timekiller once used to round out the bottom of a double bill at the drive-in.
  6. A deep disappointment to fans of sci-fi and the once great John Carpenter.
  7. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    20
    So wretched that it practically defies description.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 12 out of 22
  1. Sep 13, 2011
    9
    Ghost of Mars could have been a great film - the ingridienses are there - but fails. It most of all unfortunately focuses on the two leadingGhost of Mars could have been a great film - the ingridienses are there - but fails. It most of all unfortunately focuses on the two leading actors and all other wanishes. However Rodney A Grant (Tres) is as always GREAT Expand
  2. Jun 16, 2013
    6
    How Ghost of Mars is different gives it an enjoyable quality. Its not another bug hunt or a 2001 ripoff, like all the other Mars movies.How Ghost of Mars is different gives it an enjoyable quality. Its not another bug hunt or a 2001 ripoff, like all the other Mars movies. Perhaps its like a 1980s Chronicles of Riddick combined with the worst Star Trek movie. Its not very serious or deep, but better than most direct to video B-horror and much better than the average SyFy saturday night. It does look a little out of date and has that hand made feel. There are some good actors and some bad ones. The plot meanders but the dialogue can be pretty funny with a few memorable quotes. If you like John Carpenter or Natasha Henstridge this is a rental. I'm giving it a 6 because its not awful, and the deducted points are because they could have made this funnier and made the plot more suspenseful. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2014
    3
    Ghosts of Mars: 3 out of 10: All right how is this for a premise. In the future, on a Mars ruled by lesbians (so far so good), head cop PamGhosts of Mars: 3 out of 10: All right how is this for a premise. In the future, on a Mars ruled by lesbians (so far so good), head cop Pam Grier (a little old but always a pleasure), her ecstasy addicted assistant Natasha Henstridge (yeah baby), and a kick ass Jason Statham (always watchable) take on an army of zombies in a western mining town. How could you possibly screw this up?

    Well John Carpenter does. First of all there is no nudity, none, zippo, zilch. Since this is an R rated space opera, with lesbians, with Pam Grier, and for the love of god with Natasha Henstridge (I almost didn't recognize her with her clothes on. I mean did she even have a shirt in Species?)

    This is a shock. Now I hardly demand nudity from films but I haven't been this surprised since I rented that Shannon Tweed action film Face the Evil (Where a uniquely clothed Shannon Tweed pretends to be Bruce Willis and we all learn a lesson about the acting ability of former Playboy Centerfolds.)

    Well at least it has zombies right? Well sort of. Apparently the miners were possessed by those ghosts from that Final Fantasy movie and the have all gone off and pierced themselves, raided the post apocalyptic fashion closet and become cannibals. They look ridiculous and are about as threatening as a suburban junior high school dance. Their leader looks like a third rate heavy metal drummer joined his school's body piercing club.

    Speaking of strange fetishes the movie seems to have one for flashbacks. None of the film is told in real time. Instead we have a flashback within a flashback within a flashback. This destroys any semblance of tension. In fact it such a bizarre choice one feels Carpenter choose it to hide the serious plot holes. It didn't work.

    With zero tension, no nudity, lame villains, horrible dialog and special effects that bring only one word to mind (Lionel), Ghosts of Mars is simply a mess. I'm still waiting for my futuristic lesbian zombie film. Maybe Wes Craven will give it a try.
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  4. Nov 15, 2012
    1
    So dreadfully low quality that I don't even know what to say. I will grant it one star because its incompetence gives me a laugh. ButSo dreadfully low quality that I don't even know what to say. I will grant it one star because its incompetence gives me a laugh. But sincerely, this is barely even a movie. Expand
  5. JonS
    Dec 30, 2008
    1
    Worst movie I've ever seen.
  6. KyleM
    Dec 30, 2008
    0
    The worst film John Carpenter ever made. So bad it nearly ruins movies that it has nothing to do with. It's hard to enjoy other John The worst film John Carpenter ever made. So bad it nearly ruins movies that it has nothing to do with. It's hard to enjoy other John Carpenter movies while burdened with the knowledge that the same guy also made this one. Expand

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