Ghosts of Mars

August 24th, 2001


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A story of human colonists on Mars who must be rescued after becoming possessed by vengeful Martian ghosts.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 4.8/10 (25,446 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director: John Carpenter

Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier

200 years in the future a Martian police unit is dispatched to transport a dangerous prisoner from a mining outpost back to justice. But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet.

Writers: Larry Sulkis, John Carpenter

Natasha Henstridge - Lieutenant Melanie Ballard
Ice Cube - Desolation Williams
Jason Statham - Sgt Jericho Butler
Clea DuVall - Bashira Kincaid
Pam Grier - Commander Helena Braddock
Joanna Cassidy - Whitlock
Richard Cetrone - Big Daddy Mars
Rosemary Forsyth - Inquisitor
Liam Waite - Michael Descanso
Duane Davis - Uno
Lobo Sebastian - Dos
Rodney A. Grant - Tres
Peter Jason - McSimms
Wanda De Jesus - Akooshay
Doug McGrath - Benchley

Taglines: Terror is the same on any planet


Official Website: JohnCarpenter - movie site |

Release Date: 24 August 2001

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $28,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,804,452 (USA) (26 August 2001) (2048 Screens)

Gross: $8,434,601 (USA) (23 September 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In a 2006 interview, Ice Cube nominated this as the worst movie he had appeared in, calling it "unwatchable in many ways. John Carpenter really let us down with the special effects on that one - it looked like something out of a film from 1979".

Revealing mistakes: When Ballard breaks free from Williams' grip, the knife at her throat can clearly be seen to bend with her neck rather than slice a gaping wound in it.

James Williams: That's the second time I've saved your life.
Melanie Ballard: Yeah, run a tab.

User Review

you're all missing the point


Carpenter's films tend to age like fine wine. When they're released, they're lamblasted by critics and fans. Ten years later, they're classics; for instance, "The Thing", "Big Trouble in Little China", "They Live", "Prince of Darkness" -- and "Ghost of Mars" is no exception. This is a tremendously entertaining film that shouldn't be viewed as a horror film, but rather, as a tongue-in-cheek western, in the vain of the Spaghetti Westerns. You all have to pull your heads out and watch this film about nine years. I'll bet you'll say, "You know what, that was a hell of a lot of fun." In the meantime, get off Carpenter's ass.