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576 Ratings

Ghosts of Mars

Directed by John Carpenter
United States, 2001
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi


Melanie and her police squad are sent to a remote region on Mars to apprehend a dangerous criminal, when they discover a mining operation has unleashed a deadly army of Martian spirits that take over human bodies… and they are determined to destroy all invaders on the planet.

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Ghosts of Mars Directed by John Carpenter

Critics reviews

The film’s brazen artificiality, dressed in deep reds and rust hues, furthers its already hermetic quality, a world built and contained. This limited world, all the construction of courtroom testimony flashback, becomes the director’s most wild and uninhibited formal playground: dissolves repeatedly collapse time, and just as frequently reopen new time and new space, as flashbacks, and flashbacks within flashbacks, diffuse the viewer across multiple perspectives.
February 06, 2015
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This movie… adds a few more likable ingredients [to John Carpenter’s repertoire]: a flashback structure with several overlapping points of view, great use of Ice Cube and Pam Grier, lap dissolves, and a notion of shifting alliances that keeps things hopping. (Natasha Henstridge as the head cop is pretty lively too.)
August 20, 2001
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