Ghosts of Mars

Ghosts of Mars

John Carpenter (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
With this sci-fi offering, Dark Star and The Thing director John Carpenter has been reduced to repeating his own movies. Set in the year 2176, this has feisty cop Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) arrive at an isolated Martian mining town to transport notorious killer "Desolation" Williams (Ice Cube) to a high-security prison. The colonists are being possessed by the spooks of the title and transformed into zombies that look as threatening as refugees from a Kiss reunion concert. These Martian living dead then swarm in a siege hugely reminiscent of Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 - itself a homage to Howard Hawks's classic 1959 western Rio Bravo. There are moments of tension thanks to the director's self-penned soundtrack and the rusty-red hues in which everything is bathed. But there are no real surprises here, leaving only regrets that such a talented director is responsible.


A Martian police unit is sent to pick up a dangerous criminal, but becomes besieged by an army of warrior ghosts. Sci-fi thriller, starring Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube and Jason Statham.

Cast & Crew

Lieutenant Melanie Ballard Natasha Henstridge
Desolation Williams Ice Cube
Sgt Jericho Butler Jason Statham
Director John Carpenter

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Nov 2001