John Carpenter Retro: Ep 20 – Mars Needs Ghosts and a Comprehensible Timeline.

5021headdaAs it turns out, the merit of John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars is highly debatable. Who knew? In listening to this installment of the John Carpenter Retrospective series featuring your host, Jeff Konopka, and yours truly, you may then wonder why we weren’t able to come to a more positive consensus regarding Mars and the Ghosts. From what I’ve seen thus far, folks consider Ghosts of Mars a fine popcorn movie with little to complain about, not overly cerebral and… well… just fun. If you can follow the narrative including flashback after flashback and sometimes flashback within a flashback then you are a braver and better Carpenter fan than I. Perhaps the only thing more intriguing (or maybe unintriguing) about Ghost of Mars is the commentary track between Natasha Henstridge and the big JC himself. It’s more like a dirty old man trying to pick up the next young, mostly naked starlet. (Way to go Johnny!). If you like this movie (and many of you seem to) let us know why. We don’t always get it right. You do have a voice. This is the podcast of the Liberal Dead after all.

Personally, I consider Ghosts of Mars to be somewhat of a failure solely based on the lack of collaboration between star, Ice Cube, and soundtrack creators, Anthrax. While there are plenty of reasons why a musical meeting of the minds failed to culminate in the next “Bring the Noize”, I can’t sit back and let it go unmentioned that Ice Cube had the chance to work with a group that is famous for making excellent “rap-metal”. End rant.

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About Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy Terror, more commonly known as James P. Harris, has been “writing your eyes” shut since 2010 with his horror themed blog, Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors (whose name is a play on words derived from the Amicus film, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors). In the early 2000’s he fronted the band The Vaudeville Vampires, a short-lived "Horrorabilly" band which saw the creation of a catalog of horror related songs before disbanding (with only one, six song demo ever being produced and distributed). He has had only one on screen appearance to date in the horror short, Ocean Parkway, as maniacal, gloved killer with a hair fetish. Having done some un-credited, behind the scenes work in some low budget genre pictures, he is currently working on his first foray into screenwriting with a demonic, retro gore entry that pays homage to Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento as well as other Italian masters of the genre.
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