Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

February 17th 2012
  • Action/Fantasy,
  • PG-13,
  • 95 min,
  • Sony Pictures
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Lambert, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, Fergus Riordan, Spencer Wilding, Sorin Tofan, Jacek Koman, Anthony Head, Cristian Iacob, Jai Stefan, Vincent Regan, Ionut Cristian Lefter, Will Ashcroft, Sabina Branduse, Tobias Ă–jerfalk, Adina Galupa, Alin Panc
  • Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
  • Writers: Scott M. Gimple, David S. Goyer, Seth Hoffman
  • Producers: Ashok Amritraj, Avi Arad, Michael De Luca, Steven Paul
  • Co Producers: Stefan Brunner, Manu Gargi
  • Executive Producers: Gary Foster, David S. Goyer, Mark Steven Johnson, E. Bennett Walsh
  • Art Directions: Adrian Curelea, Serban Porupca, Justin Warburton-Brown
  • Castings: Colin Jones, Gail Stevens
  • Costume Design: Bojana Nikitovic
  • D.O.P.: Brandon Trost
  • Editor: Brian Berdan
  • Makeup: Jason Hamer
  • Music: David Sardy
  • Production Design: Kevin Phipps
  • Set Decoration: Dominic Capon


Set several years after the first film, Johnny Blaze is in self-imposed exile from the world. Blaze has become a tormented soul, convinced that his powers are a curse. Former stuntman Blaze is then approached by Moreau, a member of the monastic order of Michael, the warrior angel. Moreau seeks a protector for a mother and son duo who are being pursued by a figure named Roarke - a fellow with a detailed knowledge of the Ghost Rider and his different identities over the centuries.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Bucharest, Romania; Cappadoccia, Turkey; Farcasesti, Romania
  • MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
  • Production Budget: $75 million
  • Production Companies: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Crystal Sky Pictures, Crystal Sky Worldwide, Marvel Enterprises
  • Production Schedule: 2 November 2010 - 24 February 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Like its much bigger and better Spider-Man franchise, Sony has to keep making movies about "Ghost Rider" if it wants to retain rights to the character. The trouble is Mark Steven Johnson's $110 million 2007 original is widely considered a cock-up, a mess of a supernatural western that had to tone down the character in order to give it a PG-13 appeal.

Rather than basically saying forget it and letting the rights lapse, Sony is trying again with this tighter $75 million 3D second entry shot in Romania and Turkey. Johnson is gone, replaced by the "Crank" and "Gamer" filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor whose track record for even adequate filmmaking remains highly questionable at best.

In spite of this being essentially a start over, Nicolas Cage remains in the role of Johnny Blaze. Johnny Whitworth plays the main antagonist Blackout, a servant helping the Devil (Ciaran Hinds) who wants to take over his son's body. The inclusion of "Luther" star Idris Elba, classic action hero Christopher Lambert as a bald sword-fighting monk, and a desire to be much darker and more balls to the wall were good reasons for early optimism.

Then it all turned to shit. An early trailer featuring the character pissing fire gave us an idea of what to expect, but the full trailer last month really demonstrated an unexpectedly cheap looking movie with flat lighting and very digital video quality shots of a handful of people running around random ruins in between the odd impressive car stunt. While the rider's physical design is a distinct improvement, the overall CG is hardly much better.

The real kick in the teeth however came in December when the film screened at the Butt-Numb-A-Thon festival in Austin, Texas. A packed house filled with the exact target audience (mostly male comic/film geeks) it was aimed at gave it a big thumbs down, Twitter reaction calling it bad enough that it made the first film look like a masterpiece in comparison. I get the feeling we have the next "Punisher War Zone" on our hands here."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 February 2012: Belgium, France
  • 16 February 2012: Netherlands, Thailand
  • 17 February 2012: Brazil, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, UK
  • 23 February 2012: Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Russia
  • 24 February 2012: Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden
  • 1 March 2012: Hong Kong, Hungary
  • 8 March 2012: Argentina
  • 15 March 2012: Australia, New Zealand
  • 23 March 2012: Estonia, Italy
  • 10 August 2012: Colombia