Brian’s Guilty Pleasure – “Ghosts of Mars” (2001)


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

“Ghosts of Mars”

Directed by John Carpenter

By Brian Volke

It’s dumb, it’s derivative, and it at many times looks cheap.  It’s also the film that sent John Carpenter into obscurity after it was critically panned and failed at the box office.  And yet, it’s just so much god damn stupid fun.  I particularly like the sense of claustrophobia created when the monsters surround the main characters and they’re forced to fight back and survive.  It won’t win any awards, it will never be thought of as among Carpenter’s best work but I still have fun every time I watch it.

Vic’s Note: I had the pleasure of seeing this in the theaters with Brian back in 2001 here in Rochester. I had a fucking blast!

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    • It’s off the wall, Misty. It’s goofy but pretty hardcore as well. Great score by JC and Anthrax, too.

      Glad you liked the feature! I hope to do more guilty pleasure posts in the future since I have so many! I’m glad that Brian stopped in with his.

      Thanks for stopping by! Always appreciated, Misty!

    • I enjoyed Vampires as well! Great score and Woods was bad ass. Too bad the ending was a bit abrupt but it didn’t really take away from the experience. Valek was a very cool vampire, too.

      It’s a very decent throwback to the raw vamp flicks of the 60’s and 70’s. Had a great western vibe and an awesome cameo from Frank Darabont.

      Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it!

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