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This month on the Guilty Pleasures podcast, we invite a couple of special guests to cozy up with Carpenter’s cheese-fest, “Ghosts of Mars”.

We ran a poll on social media platforms to see which film we would look at in our “Good Directors Gone Bad” episode of the series. It was between 2008’s The Happening and 2001’s Ghosts of Mars. It was another relatively close vote. But in the end, you went with Carpenter’s early 00’s cheese-fest, Ghosts of Mars.


Alongside NHE host Scott Murphy, we have a couple of great former guests joining us to talk about Ghosts of Mars: Satanic Panic director Chelsea Stardust and True Fiction director Braden Croft.

Over the course of the episode, the trio breaks down this film’s love of flashbacks, how not all the actors seem to be appearing in the same movie, and how movies of the early ’00s have a very specific view of the future. Also, we get into whether or not there is a social commentary here. And while we may mock many things, we don’t neglect to pay tribute to the kickass score and badass performance of Ice Cube.

Elsewhere in the episode, the trio manages to somehow connect this movie to Hellraiser, Doom, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters. We also make a plan for our own Ghosts of Mars sequel, which is totally going to get made!

Listen to Chelsea Stardust’s original interview appearance on the show here

Listen to Braden Croft’s previous appearances on The Guilty Pleasures Podcast here and his original interview appearance on the show here

You can watch the trailer for Ghosts of Mars here. The film is available to watch on Starz or the Starz Play Amazon Channel with a subscription. Or you can rent it on a variety of VOD platforms.


Guilty Pleasures is a monthly spin-off show of the popular New Horror Express (NHE) podcast. Each month, NHE host Scott Murphy, alongside some former guests on the interview podcast, takes a deep dive into a 21st Century “Guilty Pleasure” horror movie as chosen by you the listener in an online poll (based on a particular theme).

Host Scott Murphy is a freelance journalist, reviewer and podcaster. He got into horror in his early teens and has not looked back since. As well as reviewing on New Horror Express, he currently writes reviews for The Wee Review and has previously written for Slimehouse TV, Subtitled Online and The 405.  His favourite horror movie is The Shining, and his favourite horror novel is Interview with The Vampire.

Be sure to tune in the first Saturday of every month for new episodes of THE GUILTY PLEASURES PODCAST on the Morbidly Beautiful Network. 

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