April 26, 2019

What We Can Learn from John Carpenter's Failed 'Ghosts of Mars'

Sometimes learning from failure is just as valuable as learning from success.

And even the greats, like master of horror John Carpenter, can have flops. His notorious blunder, Ghosts of Mars, an unfortunate sci-fi/horror/thriller/actioner that misses the mark on so many levels, essentially ended Carpenter’s directing career.

But even a botched film like this can be a valuable way to point out how not to do things, and by teaching aspiring filmmakers what went wrong, hopefully, we can avoid the same mistakes.

Ryan Hollinger has put together a video essay on a few reasons why he thinks the movie was such a colossal failure. Watch it below.

The backstory

The movie, released in 2001, follows a police unit on a futuristic, colonized Mars. They are tasked with transporting a dangerous criminal known as Desolation Williams from a mining outpost.

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Source: NoFilmSchool