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Hey folks, Harry here... Old time AICN-man Smiling Jack Ruby has scored a cool trailer that we're all waiting on... JOHN CARPENTER'S GHOSTS OF MARS!!! The trailer is so small though, that details are hard to make out, so I can't see my head (if it is there at all) and sometimes the action seems to just be pixels moving... but I dig the way the trailer is cut and the music... which is just... cool. Head over to Ruby's house and check it out at This Location!!!!

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  • March 23, 2001, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Am I mistaken....

    by Miss Aura

    or is this a comedy film. This looks a right turkey. Still dont beat the green goblins costume, for worst thing I have seen this week.

  • March 23, 2001, 4:02 a.m. CST

    I like it!

    by LordMyst

    I think it's going to be a good movie. But damn what a small movieclip. and by the way miss Aura the green goblin costume ROCKS!!!!

  • March 23, 2001, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Mad Max on Mars

    by xenoforge

    I know it's only a trailer,but the footage looks like a 80s post-apokalyptic MAD MAX-Ripoff. (with a nod to TOTAL RECALL and MARS CHRONICLES). I hope this latest Carpenter Flick is at least entertaining popcorn stuff. Man he should do THE THING II. Most of Carpenters Movies in the 90's are boring and uninspired. He was able to create such tension and fear in his old 70/80's movies like THING,HELLOWEEN,FOG etc. Where did he leave his talent?? Or is he just an old man with no more ambitions left than to make some cheap dollars? Its a real shame. c U xenoforge.

  • March 23, 2001, 5:06 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter is a hack

    by kingink123

    He's always been a hack, just the level of mediocrity in horror and sci-fi during the 80's made him shine like a nickel in shit. I haven't seen him make a decent movie in over a decade. Even the Thing, and Escape from New York suck on recent viewing. And I won't even bother talking about Vampires. What a waste. Any other director could have really made something with that script.

  • March 23, 2001, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Hip Hop Sci Fi

    by MC Lovecraft

    I think I know why the preview image was so small. If I could watch that tiny thing and feel my gorge rising in revulsion, I can imagine the volumes of barf I'd be forced to expel upon seeing that blasphemy full-screen. All I can home for from this movie is a shot of Natasha's sleek vanilla toffee ice creamy nakedness. I have little use for the rest of this flick. What was Carpenter thinking? Oh, I'll make a new breed of sci-fi. It'll be edgy like a Hughes Bros film. It'll be street wise and unconventional. Poor Carpenter. And I'm not a Carpenter basher by trade either, I was one of the few who actually liked In the Mouth of Madness. I've seen Prince of Darkness probably a half dozen times. Same goes for the Thing. My critics are saying, "Why are you bashing a movie you haven't even seen yet?" My response is, "If it looks and smells like crap, why step in it? It's probably shit."

  • March 23, 2001, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Lame. Harry, you have started posting lame media and late news.

    by The Hoopah

    I do not post very often, however I am finding that this `trailer' is representative of what this site is becoming. What is the point in posting something which you can't see nor hear well? Along with Harry's late news this site is on its way downhill and out of my favorites folder. Even IGN posts better film news and they beat Harry to the punch eight out of ten times. Along with Harry's more frequent, obnoxious, over the top ranting over stupid subjects like the Hunchback of Notre Dame 2, AICN's stock is dropping quickly. Am I off base here? Is my perception wrong? Flame away if needed!

  • March 23, 2001, 5:44 a.m. CST


    by John Yaya

    Even not being able to see it for its small size, it still looks like crap. Did I actually hear someone say "Kick it!"? If we ever are able to make it to Mars (It WAS Mars right?) do you think anyone will still be saying "Kick it"? Hehe it was so small I thought to myself, "why is Gwynth Paltrow (sp) doing hokey Sci Fi now?". Did it remind anyone of "Pitch Black"? Big bad criminal type saves the expedition? Ack!

  • March 23, 2001, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Ghosts of Vin Diesel

    by Uga

    I guess we won't have to wait another year for "Pitch Black 2." And if you were wondering why such a crappy trailer got a debut here, search back a few weeks and read the article about Carpenter inviting Harry to watch the film being scored.

  • March 23, 2001, 6:44 a.m. CST

    This could be everything "Event Horizon" wasn't. Then again, I

    by I am_NOTREAL

    OH GOD WHEN WILL I LEARN NOT TO GET SUCKED IN???? I'm nearly willing to give Carpenter the benefit of the doubt because of past genre success--but hey, that's like Texas Tech giving Bobby Knight the benefit of the doubt because he won some titles once, even though his teams have been basically speedbumps for at least the last decade. The track record for this kind of stuff is so poor that the merely competent "Pitch Black" looks like a towering achievement compared to the rest of the field. If anyone wants to volunteer to barricade me in my house and stand watch when this puppy opens, please do. I'm sure we can work out compensation.

  • March 23, 2001, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Hey 4496

    by dennism

    Shut up man. What a stupid comment. People at this site bash all movies for whatever reason they can, no matter how small. The complaint here wasn't about race, it was about the fact that it is the 23rd century, and the lingo being used was that from today. I hate people who go around looking for opportunities to play the race card, and you sure seem to be doing that right now. You're an idiot.

  • March 23, 2001, 7:25 a.m. CST


    by I am_NOTREAL

    Some of the comments in this TB re: Mr. Cube were garbage but that's a spurious comment at best. Don't like anything except Sam Jackson?!?!? Uh, no. Let's see...Denzel Washington, arguably the best male lead actor working today. Morgan Freeman, same argument. Ving Rhames. Eriq LaSalle. Richard Roundtree. Sidney Poitier. Yaphet Kotto. Cuba Gooding Jr. Mr. Cube himself. The problem would be in how he might be used in this movie--as a parody of himself, for broad comic relief. The trailer seems to have been cut to emphasize him in that role.

  • March 23, 2001, 7:37 a.m. CST

    White guys can play the race card too

    by dennism

    Any super liberal can. I never assumed you to be black

  • March 23, 2001, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Mr. Touchdown

    by dennism

    How can you compile a list of todays good African American actors and omit my favorite, Don Cheadle.

  • March 23, 2001, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Dennism, didn't say the list was by any means complete...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Cheadle rocks too. He was at least as good as Del Toro in "Traffic," IMO.

  • March 23, 2001, 8:33 a.m. CST


    by dennism

    I hear you man. I am a big fan of Cube when it comes to his music too, his old stuff at least. NWA days, A Bitch is a Bitch, Amerikkkas Most Wanted is an album I still listen too once every couple of weeks. Death Certificate is another classic. I like some of his movie roles too. Not all though. Who knows, after I saw that corny trailer for 3 Kings, I thought that was going to suck, but it was a great movie, and Cube did a damn good job in it.

  • March 23, 2001, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by StevenWarp

    That creature in the Trailer looks like the Vampire from the Subspecies movies.

  • March 23, 2001, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Super LiberalMan

    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    How dost thou create a Liberal Superhero? Superman arrived from another planet with super strength and superpowers. Spiderman received his powers from a spider bite. Liberalman therefore must draw his powers from liberalism. But what power is there in victimology and emotionalism? There is much power. Bill Clinton was elected by tapping into it. So Liberalman became a superhero whose life is driven by emotion, who fights for anyone validating those emotions. Check it out! Funny as hell!

  • March 23, 2001, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by Polymorphic

    LOL! Thx for that link, Geekbasher! That is freakin' hillarious. The funniest, most truthfull comic ever written.

  • March 23, 2001, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Assault on Precinct 13

    by Shrike

    Looks a little like Assault on Precinct 13 on Mars to me. Which would be a good thing, I love that movie. Give the guy a chance. You never can tell, he may have one more great film in him.

  • March 23, 2001, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for this film

    by Toranaga

    Like someone said above, this looks more like Assult on Precinct 13 on Mars than Pitch Black 2. Also, am I the only one who noticed that Keith David was narrating the trailer?

  • March 23, 2001, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Why does everyone do "Forget the Rules" or "No Rules" in their t

    by superninja

    Dum-b. Actually it didn't look too bad, which surprises me. I think Ice Cube in da bomb. He's a fun actor to watch and I don't think I've ever not enjoyed his performance even in crap films. Natasha Hendridge I could take her or leave her...Courtney Love is a more interesting actress. My only complaint: THE ACTORS ARE TOO CLEAN. Dirty them up a bit so they look like they're on Mars and not on an episode of MTV's Fear.

  • March 23, 2001, 10:49 a.m. CST

    shit shit shit....GOM.....straight to video....

    by pyschopath

    That trailer looked bolloxs. Nearly every word spoken was a cliche ("we need to stick together to stay alive" was the first comment that made me smile). Wooooo! Six rail workers butchered and hung! Could Ice Cube's character have done it? I'm not sure. Better watch the film. Ghosts of Mars? Perhaps they where in someway responsible for such a brutal series of murders? But how? I'd better watch the film to find out. No wait, my irritable bowels couldn't stand such a concentrated blast of fear. That Vampire dude in the trailer - scary fucking shit indeed. Whats that? The Blonde Woman and Ice Cube's character having some kind of fight? Could this be the beginning of a bonding session, which will mean afterwards they grow to respect one another, and perhaps have sex? or maybe the Blonde Woman (who I assume is a Police officer of some sort) will not arrest him after all, and let him go at the end of the film. The end, no doubt, will feature those two as the sole survivors of such kind of outbreak/massacre. I'D BETTER WATCH THE FZILM AND FIND OUT - THE TRAILER CLEARLY MARKS IT AS EDGE OF THE SEAT 100% ORIGINAL MATERIAL. OSCARS ALL ROUND. The music in that film was so fucking lame! Did Harry and co actually see (and hear) JC composing it? or did they come across another world class genius composer called John Carpenter and mistake him for the film making dude. That might actually explain why they gave such a rapturous review of the recording they attended, and why the video music was shite. JC is a fossil, whose used up the last of his talent in the 80's. "NO" I hear you cry "JC IS A GENIUS WHOSE FILMS ARE CLASSICS OF ALL TIME......." "WRONG" I yell back "EVER HEAR OF SOMEONE WITH LIMITED TALENT, WHO USES THE SAME TRICKS OVER AND OVER, WITH NO VARIATIONS, WHICH SERVE TO UNDERLINE HIS SINGULAR LACK OF CREATIVITY IN THE LAST DECADE..." (Notice to any idiots reading: please note I am offering a personal observation, but feel free to make abusive, badly thought out, incoherent and poorly spelt replies to this post or direct to me. Thank you.)

  • March 23, 2001, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by Miss Aura

    Totally agree with you, andystob. Carpenter is one of the most overrated directors ever. And to the above post when they say about Escape from LA being bad:- Jesus Christ, it needed an excorcism to erase the memory from my mind. Bad is not the word!

  • March 23, 2001, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Anyone else see Snake in the background???

    by Capt. Hilts

    Starts out interesting..... ends up boring. "Forget The Rules", I agree, that card BITES. And I could have sworn I saw Snake Pliskin in the background hobbling by... wow.....yawwnnnn.

  • March 23, 2001, 11:13 a.m. CST

    The bitchers can bitch but this flick will still rock

    by Veidt

    Everyone who complains about this film's "B" movie appearence will still be watching a big budget B movie like Jurassic Park 3 or Planet of the Apes this summer so what's the difference? That a B movie can only be acceptable now if it's an "event" movie? Or is a B movie only ok to watch if it has a veneer of hipness a la Pitch Black (which, by the way, owes more than a passing debt to several of JC's films so to accuse GOM of being any kind of rip-off of Pitch Black is absurd). All of these films have stock elements in their storylines and dialouge - which many would say is part of their charm as genre pieces - so why beat up on GOM for being no more or less (probably less, I'd say) derivative? If it looks lousy to you just do yourself a favor and stay home.

  • March 23, 2001, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Anyone else see Snake in the background???

    by Capt. Hilts

    Starts out interesting..... ends up boring. "Forget The Rules", I agree, that card BITES. And I could have sworn I saw Snake Pliskin in the background hobbling by... wow.....yawwnnnn.

  • March 23, 2001, 11:28 a.m. CST

    That looked so cheesy.

    by Psyclops

    It reminded me of those corny sci-fi films of the 80's. That dialogue was terrible! The voice over with Keith David was weird. Ice Cube looked out of place (his wardrobe made him look like Shaft). BUT... that doesn't mean I didn't like it. It's the kind of sci-fi cheese I haven't seen in YEARS! John Carpenter will probably make this a fun little popcorn flick just like he did with 'Vampires'. I'll be there on opening night!

  • March 23, 2001, 11:57 a.m. CST

    It probably looks like 80's b-movies because Carpenter is the gu

    by Milktoast

    To my mind, John Carpenter is and has been the brightest light in genre movies since he first appeared. His movies are rough, visceral, and lean. Not bogged down with gossomer FX or teen heart throbs. You can depend on him for expertly executed action sequences and at least a couple of genuine thrills to redeem even a movie like Prince of Darkness, which I didn't like. Of course, LA was a huge slip, but mainly had to do with his embittered, jilted philosophy about what audiences want in a sequel that goes back to the failure of Micheal Myer-less Halloween 3. No, his movies aren't the most original. That is not his strength. The type of movie he exels at is taking old yarns and putting his own touch and twist to it. That doesn't make him a "hack." I don't expect Mars to be like one of his 80's films, but I don't expect it to be like Pitch Black or like the recent mars movies, either. This one will be his own like Vampires was his own vampire thriller (horrible dialogue, but the movie converting friends of mine who I took to see it who really wanted not to like it). Carpenter movies are not dickless, they're not nice, and they're not politically correct. His movies, in that way, often feel a little dangerous, and how can you not respect that? I'm asking how you can you say you like movies and not give Carpenter his due without feeling a bit self conscious about it. It's simply denying one of the undeniably great (genre) filmmakers working.

  • March 23, 2001, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Ghosts Of mars is as to Mir Space Space Station re-entry.

    by Uncapie

    Looks like a Roger Corman flick.

  • March 23, 2001, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Piece of shit footage

    by superman5150

    A trailer so small that you basically have to use your imagination. And excuse me, but, I watch movies so I don't have to use my imagination. Duh.

  • March 23, 2001, 12:13 p.m. CST

    oh yeah

    by superman5150

    And why does almost every frame remind me of Pitch Black?

  • March 23, 2001, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Looks like a throwback

    by Harley

    But in a good way. This looks more like the late 70's/early 80's theatrical horror that I have missed so much in recent years. The cheesy, disruptive electronic sound effects, the cliched story and characters, the "monster" being shown quite clearly in the trailer. God, I can't wait. No sarcasm here, I really am looking forward to this film. I thought it was impossible to get movies like this made now. To everyone that's bitching about how cheesy it looks, chill out. Some of us grew up on movies like The Being, Nightflyers, Mutant, and basically anything else that was fodder for Commander USA's Groovy Movies or Saturday Nightmares. Good movies? No. Fun? Oh hell yes. Give me a decent creature and enough splattering blood to to put the elevator sequence in The Shining to shame, and I'm a happy guy. Throw in sex and a couple of characters to hate (so you can cheer when they bite it), and expect repeat viewings. Yeah, I'm crazy, but I love this stuff. Now, if only we could get a sequel to The Burning, or Humongous. Damn, but that would rock.

  • March 23, 2001, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Am I on crack or is...

    by Wee Willie

    Natasha Hensridge a manish-looking woman? Reed-thin body, blank expression, no personality whatsoever. Thank God Pam Greer is there to show her how it's done. This movie looks like the usual comic-book fun from Carpenter. Ice Cube reminds me of the crook character in Assault on Prec. 13.

  • March 23, 2001, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by awkwardboyhero

    So Harry J. Knowles plays a "Head on a Pike" in "Ghosts Of Mars." Unless this head speaks, I guess Harry never really HAD to be on the set of the movie at all -- except to have goop poured over his face to make a cast. Right? Forgive me, mea culpa, if this was already discussed and mentioned, but I've avoided "Ghosts of Mars" news like the plague, especially since seeing the travesty that's "Vampires."

  • March 23, 2001, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Gasp! Keith David!!!!

    by user id indeed!

    Ok, I'm squinting.... squiiiintiiing.... alright, I think I see a woman... a BLONDE woman. Mihoshi! No- damn!- it's... uh... Courtney Love? Natasha Henstridge! Yeah, I don't like this trailer. I'm sure if it was a smidge bigger I'd see all the fun explosions, but all I could really make out were really crappy title cards that say things like "Forget the Rules". "Forget the Rules"? Yeah, a bunch of alien demons are trying to impale our heads on sticks on an unfamiliar planet with no oxygen, but HEY! There are no rules! Awright! Makeout parties! These people are... trained astronauts, I understand? And they spout catchphrases like "Kick it" and "Damn, girl"? I'm getting some "Species II" vibes that I REALLY don't want, folks. But, hey, Keith David's getting work! So that's good! Right? This has been a Moment with User ID Indeed!

  • March 23, 2001, 2:09 p.m. CST

    John Carpenter ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

    by islander

    You can never trust a tailer that is playing on a posttage stamp. John Carpenter has always made movies that I loved. I know some of you so-called-geeks dump on his 90's movies, but I loved them all. AND I REALY LOVED VAMPIRES!! You can't go far wrong with James Woods. Maybe John Carpenter can make some of you happy and do Liberalman (that is some funny stuff) I had to forward that to Neal Bortz(he rocks too). Keep those movies coming John.

  • Really really bad movies....

  • March 23, 2001, 3:05 p.m. CST

    EfLA version of Prince of Darkness

    by darth_testine

    Lowlifes crowding around and acting menacing - Prince of Darkness. Possession - Prince of Darkness. White-faced snarling dude - Prince of Darkness. Any others?

  • March 23, 2001, 4:08 p.m. CST

    So...this movie was filmed in New Mexico, huh?

    by themightyra

    Where's the damned Martian costumes? You know, I live 4 hours away from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, and I tried to look for the, "new," building in Rio Rancho where all that sound crap and costumes trailers were going on at, and I didn't find a DAMNED thing! Maaan! Especially since Rio Rancho contains nothing but NEW buildings...oh well, I guess I gotta travel the usual 600 miles to get somewhere that has some movie action going on!!

  • March 23, 2001, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Carpenter=great visionary

    by Bluntmatt

    Remember in They Live or Escape from LA how Carpenter described future America as ruled by ultra right wing liberals. Now remenber me who's leading the country now?

  • March 23, 2001, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Hopefully, this will be the JC of "The Thing" and not the JC of

    by Rhinoceros

  • March 23, 2001, 9:44 p.m. CST

    If you ever see a ghost...........

    by Dr strange

    cut the muther@#$%er!. Words to live by from the man, the myth,...Dolemite!

  • March 23, 2001, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Uhhh..........before I forget....

    by Dr strange

    One more thing, why was the picture about as big as a stick of juicy fruit?

  • March 24, 2001, 12:58 a.m. CST

    THATS NO MOON....its the webmaster.......

    by RipReaver

    Yeah, another piece of ass-water escapes the bowels of John carp...holy shit... i just saw a shot of harry knowles...he's appearing on some television im wasted...HOLY SHIT!!! he is FUCKING FATTER THAN A FUCKING zeppelin, i mean man, i mean no offense, i appreciate the talkback..but HOLY of my buds was like...HOLY, FUCK, THAT GUY IS FFFFFFFAAAAAAAATTTTTTT!!!!!!!!. and that is no exaggeration, its like this gigantic round...guy...and then a halo of curly red, and all this...well....FAT!!!!!!!....WOW!!!! FUCK YEAH DUDE, YOU ARE THE FATTEST!!!!!!! what was this talkback about?