YMMV / Ghosts of Mars

  • Narm: The Martian commander is not unlike a Marilyn Manson cosplayer voiced by a Muppet with an extra-silly voice.
  • Narm Charm: Decidedly not Carpenter's best film by a large margin, between the silly dialogue and the rock music that plays during the Martian attacks, it still manages to be pretty entertaining. Even the last lines are a gem.
    Desolation Williams: Let's just kick some ass.
    Melanie Ballard: It's what we do best.
    • The Martian Big Bad's name is Big Daddy Mars. Your thoughts on that name are an exact litmus test for your feelings on the film itself.
  • So Bad, It's Good: This is Carpenter's goofiest movie by about a mile and a half, which is not to say it isn't entertaining as hell.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • A lot of time was given to tension occurring between Melanie and the Martian leader. There seemed to be times where he went after the group specifically targeting her, and the plot seemed to be building up to a final confrontation between the two. Instead, the Martian leader has a final confrontation with Williams instead and Melanie fights some random Martian mook on the train.
    • The film ends just as Ballard and Williams are preparing for an all-out war against an army of possession victims. That sounds like it'd be a fairly entertaining movie in its own right.
  • What An Idiot: So, what happens once the crew reaches the train they can use to escape? Melanie Ballard stops the train 30 seconds later so they can go back to kill off the possessed miners. Even though they all know that if they die, the ghosts will simply find another body to possess and there's no guarantee that her plan to cause a nuclear explosion will work, they decide to go anyway. Everybody except Williams and Ballard dies. Our leader, ladies and gentlemen.