Ghosts on Mars

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  1. garylloyd

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    Hi.
    has anyone seen Ghosts on Mars yet?
    Is it as bad as sme reviewers would have us believe?.
    I guess i will end up seeing it anyway for the KNB effects.
    Cheers
    gary
     
  2. Del

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    Gary

    I saw The Ghost of Mars, earlier this summer in the US. I'm emabarrased to admit I've seen it. :eek:

    I haven't read any reviews, but if they are saying it's bad????
    It's not just bad, it's terrible!!!

    It's a horror movie prentending to be a Scifi flick. It does not work.
    Bad acting, terrible plot. It ain't worth it.

    Don't go!!

    Del:)
     
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    Thanks Del.
    I guess I will steer clear then.
    Whats happened to Carpenter,I mean The Thing is
    awesome.Its been down hill from then on .
    Cheers
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    'The Thing' and 'Escape From New York'. That's been enough for Carpenter (or as we like to say, Crapenter) to live on for ages... with absolute garbage like vampires and this toss...

    He should be ashamed of himself.
     
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    well I kinda liked "Mouth of Madness" and "Prince of Darkness".
    "Escape from NY" is one of my all time faves ( I think its the best bad movie ever) as is "Big Trouble in Little China " and "Halloween" and "The Thing" are classics in anyone's book : can't believe Halloween wasn't in the top100 movies on C4 .

    I totally agree though I think Carpenter has lost it ; much in the same way that Coppolla has.
     
  6. General Skanky

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    Hmmmmmmmm, I agree with Mr. D, mostly. I also liked Vampires. In fact I loved it. I have just received :)blush: ) Ghosts of Mars and will watch it at some point. If it's really that bad I'll let you know. But be warned, I love trashy slaughter and horror.:D
     
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    Yup - I adore Carpenter's early stuff, and I also thought that "In The Mouth of Madness" was an outstandingly good film, "Vampires" was equally entertaining....perhaps in a few years time, Carpenter's "Post Thing/Escape From New York" era films will garner the same cult following/respect that his older stuff has.....perhaps it just takes time ;)

    I think there's a lot of snobbery about Carpenter's films, and it seems a bit strange, really - by his own admission, they're just meant to be entertaining B-movies/drive-in features, but, because Halloween received "respected" critical praise, all of his films seem to undergo rather too much scrutiny for their genre.

    Just my opinion.
     
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    I'm a major Carpenter fan who has time for pretty much anything the director has done (with the exception of the unwatchable Village of the Damned) and rates The Thing as the greatest horror/sci-fi movie ever made.
    With that out of the way, I thought I'd tell you that I was 'lucky' enough to attend a press screening of Ghosts of Mars a couple of months ago (thank God I didn' have to pay to see it), and while it doesn't mark the nadir of Carpenter's career, there really isn't much positive to say about it either. The film is nothing more than a considerably inferior remake of Assault on Precinct 13 in space, where the most notable thing is the fact that the aliens look like KISS fans rampaging across Mars, and are about as scary.
     
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    Ditto!

    About 3/10 score.

    Wait to see it on sky when there is nothing else on.
     
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    worse than Soldier ? ( I use this as my crapola benchmark)
     
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    Thinking about it, Ghosts of Mars possibly isn't as bad as Soldier, but the disappointment is greater due to the fact it's by John Carpenter. It feels much more like something you'd expect from a typical banal slice of straight-to-video sci-fi.
     
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    have to say i liked it

    a bit like a horror version of starship troopers, with the same disturbing nature of event horizon.

    cast wasn't too great, not led by the cream of hollywood, but it was extremely gory, have the bbfc gone soft, someone or rather a few people being decapitated by cicrular saw blades, complete with blood and seeing blood spurting out of a severed thumb is not something of an average 15.

    Maybe it will follow the lines of starship troopers and have its rating changed for video.

    Entertained me for a few hours though and i might buy it.
    Watched the thing recently and wouldn't really say carpenter has gone downhill.


    looking at reviews on imdb it seems rather love it or hate it.
     

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