Ghosts of Mars (Special Edition) is along the same lines of Doom in the horror genre. In the year 2176, a group of police officers lead by Commander Helena Braddock (Pam Grier) head to the colony on Mars to pick up prisoner Desolation Williams (Ice Cube) to stand trial. Unfortunately, the simple prisoner transfer turns out to be something even more dangerous as the squad explores the city on Mars.
Pam Grier is well known for playing tough characters you wouldn’t want to mess with in films like Jackie Brown and Coffy. When I met her at Cult Fiction Drive-in 2011, she was very sweet. I told her that Ghosts of Mars was one of my favorites. She said that it was her favorite also, along with Mars Attacks because she enjoyed working with director Tim Burton.
Since there were no photos of Pam Grier from Ghosts of Mars, I picked out this one because it was the prettiest one of her. How was I to know that this photo was from The L Word?
Other members of the police squad include Lt. Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge), Sargent Jericho Butler (Jason Statham), and rookie officers Bashira Kincaid (Clea Duvall) and Michael Descanso (Liam Waite). As they all search for Williams, they find the town mostly deserted, which leaves them suspicious. There are also dead bodies hanging up in certain areas and Williams is blamed for it. When they find Williams, he claims that didn’t kill anybody, but it’s a little hard to believe him when he continues to make threats like a criminal.
As it turns out, deadly ghosts have possessed various people and whenever they get killed, the ghost leaves the body and possesses another. There is no end. The possessions cause the victims to turn into killer savages. They butcher people and even wear some of their body parts. Ugh!
The crew along with Williams now have to work together in order to survive. Slowly, the savages kill the crew starting with Commander Braddock when Jericho finds her head on a pike.
Shortly after that, Jericho finds some of Williams’s friends, Uno (Duane Davis) Dos (Lobo Sebastian) and Tres (Rodney A. Grant). They are as funny as they are tough. It takes a little extra effort, but the three of them agree to help the crew escape.
The battle scenes are both amazing and exciting. Those possessed savages even throw saw blades that can instantly decapitate anyone in its path.
An unlikely situation occurs when one of the ghosts possesses Melanie. She keeps a secret stash of pills in her necklace and that actually caused the ghost to leave her body. That must be a pretty strong drug if even ghosts reject it. It also makes you wonder why Melanie takes them at all. Is it a stress reliever, or what?
This is a great kick butt film. Yet, it’s one of several movies I have seen where people go to Mars and end up infected by something dangerous. I hope it doesn’t turn into a cliché.