November 9, 2010

GHOSTS OF MARS

GHOSTS OF MARS

USA, 2001
Director: John Carpenter

2/10








 


Oh my goodness, what the heck was that? I mean, John Carpenter is undeniably my favorite horror director of all time and I adore most of his movies - but "Ghosts Of Mars", his last feature film before his temporary retirement, is just plain bullshit and pretty much everything about it sucks:
The plot is dumb and the script's and uninteresting mess, badly written, badly paced. There's hardly any suspense or atmosphere. Most of the acting is extremely dull (including terrible performances from Ice Cube and Jason Statham). The Mars-settings all look horribly poor, large parts of the soundtrack are simply annoying, the possessed people are absolutely laughable and the CGI looks mostly quite cheap.
Ok, the cinematography is pretty cool and there are a few decent scenes, but aside from that it's definitely the absolute low-point in Carpenter's career. Sigh...

8 comments:

  1. Uh oh, a bad Carpenter flick? I just saw Assault on Precinct 13 and it was really very good! What did you think of that one?

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  2. yeah, I couldn't believe it myself. It's so bad, it hurts.

    Yeah, Assault is a terrific film but I haven't seen in a long time. Need to rewatch it, thanx for the reminder!

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  3. Ive never, ever been interested enough to see this. The trailer looked like eye rape

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  4. actually the whole movie is like eye rape :-D

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  5. Eye rape. Yup. HATED this movie. Traded in the DVD which I rarely do, except for doubles and upgrades. It is not his worst, however. That "honor" is reserved for an earlier flick. But I like hanging around here and don't want to be booted, so I'll let it go at that! ;)

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  6. Craig, which earlier movie do you mean?

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  7. I'm afraid I have a severe loathing for Prince of Darkness.

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  8. what? really? I adore POD as much as I adore Halloween, The Thing and The Fog

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