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Red Desert Nights: Making 'Ghosts of Mars' (2001)

Documentary about the making of John Carpenter's sci-fi horror movie, Ghosts of Mars.


Laura Nix


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Credited cast:
Danielle Burgio ... Herself
John Carpenter ... Himself
Richard Cetrone ... Himself
Clea DuVall ... Herself
Natasha Henstridge ... Herself
Ice Cube ... Himself
Jeff Imada ... Himself
Peter Jason ... Himself
Gary B. Kibbe ... Himself
Lobo Sebastian ... Himself
David Wald ... Himself


This made-for-video documentary treats horror fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Ghosts of Mars, John Carpenter's film about an interplanetary police officer who discovers that the inhabitants of a Martian colony have all been possessed by the ghosts of the original Martians. Includes interviews with stars Natasha Henstridge and Ice Cube, along with the rest of the cast and crew of the film, who share their experiences from working on the project, as well as discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it to completion. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Laidback Carpenter directing freaks

This short documentary takes you to the set of 'John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars' on location in the Mexican desert. A lot of stunt- guys prepare for being blown up, beat up, set on fire and hit by trucks. The make up artists put on ghastly make up, and the main actors, Cube, Duvall and Henstridge, are seen practicing their kung fu skills. All this taking place while a seemingly laidback and cigarette-smoking John Carpenter looks like he's having a lot of fun. The actual film 'Ghosts of Mars' could and should have been better/scarier. Look out for Carpenter- regular Peter Jason's death scene. Carpenter is a great guy, and although this documentary takes you behind the scenes of one his least fascinating projects, somehow the good, old Carpenter- feeling is still there.

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