Ghosts of Mars
DIRECTOR: JOHN CARPENTER
CAST: NATASHA HENSTRIDGE, ICE CUBE, JASON STATHAM, PAM GRIER, CLEA DUVALL
A.S. Hamrah to introduce and signing copies of his new book The Earth Dies Streaming following the screening.
"John Carpenter’s desert western distills his core themes and style into a stripped-down action film set on a colonized red planet where possessed miners become face-painted killers and women run the police force from “the Matronage” back on a newly female-run Earth. Shot on an LA soundstage and in the Sovereign Indian Nation of the Pueblo of Zia in New Mexico, with a synth-metal score by Carpenter (performed with Anthrax and Buckethead), Ghosts of Mars came out three weeks before 9/11 and bombed. A true late work, it has the feel of a final film into which Carpenter has built on the implicit issues of race and gender present in his films since Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). Ghosts of Mars is also a late work of the 20th century, haunted by the encroaching pixel horde of digital cinema, a fear that permeated films by other directors at the same time. That’s one reason I chose it to represent my book, The Earth Dies Streaming, an anthology of my writing since 2002, published by N+1."—A.S. Hamrah