Utterly brilliant. One of my favourite John Carpenter movies of all time.
If you don't like it, you can go inhale peanuts.
The plot rips along nicely. You get to see lots of goth-punk self-mutilation types (social commentary), fights, blood, action, psychic possession, humour, horror, solid acting, severed heads on poles. Let me repeat that of the hard of thinking. SEVERED HEADS ON POLES! And for your bonus point, SOMEBODY CUTS THEIR OWN THUMB OFF..... oh right, in Nightwatch, that was considered Art...
"The dialogue is cheesy" oh noes! Sorry to tread on your grapes, Shakespeare.
"It doesn't make any/enough sense" Sorry to break it to you honey, but they're fighting GHOSTS ON MARS. The clue's in the title.
"The acting stinks!" Uh...okay, maybe you missed the Queen of Blaxploitation Films was in the cast, then.
I can understand people hating on Village Of The Damned, or some of his other stuff, but let's face it - this is a John Carpenter movie.
Anyone giving this 2 stars or less, go stand in the other corner of the room and moo.
Leave space for those of us who can revel in original genius, and fully enjoy something warts and all without the need to wear hipster glasses and cycling our fixie to work, on the pavement, through pedestrians, and without using the brakes once.
Have fun with that.