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Started by ChankNolen on Jul 22, 2021 9:18:24 AM
The Guardian's 'Hear Me Out' series

Latest attempt at cultural rehabilitation is Carpenter's 'Ghosts from Mars':

ChankNolen - 22 Jul 2021 09:19:23 (#1 of 16)

I'm not registered to speak my branes on CiF so can I just say that whilst JC's Vampires is under-rated, Ghosts From Mars is irredeemable shite.

widenation - 22 Jul 2021 10:12:44 (#2 of 16)

I've certainly heard it referred to as Ghosts of Arse.

Tadagee - 22 Jul 2021 10:21:02 (#3 of 16)

I quite like it actually. I mean, the whole thing about killing a ghost infested zombie meaning the ghost transfers to a new host makes it all a bit one sided in terms of a fair fight but as a bit of entertaining The Thing meets every zombie film ever meets Assault on Precinct 13 meets Aliens meets The Exorcist it's fine really.

thisonehasalittlehat - 22 Jul 2021 10:29:13 (#4 of 16)

Never seen it. Probably have. But can't remember. Is it the one with val kilmer in?

Tadagee - 22 Jul 2021 10:49:25 (#5 of 16)


thisonehasalittlehat - 22 Jul 2021 10:50:15 (#6 of 16)

There were a bunch of Mars films at the time I recall.

solomongursky - 22 Jul 2021 10:51:56 (#7 of 16)

You're thinking of Marathon Man.

ChankNolen - 22 Jul 2021 11:09:02 (#8 of 16)

I just think GofM is exhibit A in the case for why Carpenter stopped making movies and concentrated on composing. It lacks conviction, as if he was bored with the whole process after the producers told him he couldn't cast Kurt Russell and had to cast Ice Cube as a thinly-disguised Snake Plisken.

widenation - 22 Jul 2021 11:42:15 (#9 of 16)

The trailer makes it look more promising than Prince of Darkness.

moto748 - 22 Jul 2021 12:45:04 (#10 of 16)

As they used to say, life's too short for bad films.

MorrisMitchener - 22 Jul 2021 21:25:49 (#11 of 16)

There was a very dull Brian De Palma film called Red Planet (the one with Valerie Kilmer) that came out the same time as this.

I'm probably due a rewatch of Ghosts of Mars. I do so revere the C-Man as I imagine he does not enjoy being called. Also I love Prince of Darkness, one of his most reviled films.

darkhorse - 22 Jul 2021 21:33:29 (#12 of 16)

That rings a bell, I once turned on TV halfway through Red Planet. I thought it was alright. The plot develops unexpectedly (no spoilers though).

kvelertak - 22 Jul 2021 21:46:30 (#13 of 16)

For my birthday I'd like a teenth of Gold Seal and a rental of GofM please, sounds suitably loopy.

DishyFishy - 22 Jul 2021 22:49:52 (#14 of 16)

I see they did one for The Happening, which is irredeemable, surely.

I remember during the wrap-up at the end, a scientist says solemnly. "We'll never be able to explain it, because it was an act of nature."

Mate, that's literally your fucking job.

ChankNolen - 29 Jul 2021 10:25:40 (#15 of 16)

Yeah? No.

MorrisMitchener - 30 Jul 2021 11:14:39 (#16 of 16)

The GI Joe films are watchable in the same way Fast and the Furious films are watchable. You have to be drunk.

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