John Carpenter's the Ward (2010) Movie Review


John Carpenter's the Ward (2010)

2010 | R | Horror, Thriller
89 minutes /

User Score: 68/100

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John Carpenter's the Ward Review


An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

The Ward (2010) is a 1h 29 min rated R American psychological horror film that was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA and several locations in Washington, USA. Director John Carpenter (Halloween (1978), Escape from L.A. (1996), Escape from New York (1981), They Live (1988)) did a fantastic job executing this film, but the movie, unfortunately, does not offer us anything new. The film contains minor, brief nudity, bad language, violence, disturbing images, ghost, psychiatric hospital, child rape, electrocution, split personality, electroshock therapy and prefrontal lobotomy.

The Ward was set in 1966 in North Bend, Oregon where a young woman became institutionalized after she set a house on fire and was shortly after haunted by a former inmate ghost from the psychiatric ward. Kristen (Amber Heard - Zombieland (2009), The Danish Girl (2015), Never Back Down (2008), Drive Angry (2011)) was caught shortly after burning down a farmhouse and was sent to the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. She met a few (Emily, Sarah, Zoey, Iris) inmates, Dr. Gerald Stringer, and nurse Lundt who is one tough person.

Kristen saw Alice Leigh Hudson (The Patriot (2000), Along Came a Spider (2001), Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Blue Crush (2002)) ghost while she was showering in the night. Alice was a wicked intern that suddenly disappeared from the hospital and now haunts the inmates and even murders them. Iris was the first victim who vanishes upon meeting requirements to being discharged after Kristen arrived. Kristen became suspicious after a few girls are going missing and decide to go to Dr. Stringer’s office for help/protection but instead discovered the truth about Alice. John Carpenter did an awesome job using the widescreen frame with aplomb and directing this film wonderfully, but it was not enough as the film suffered from too little character development, lacks original scares and had awful pacing. The movie was an atmospheric supernatural thriller with actors that gave outstanding performances, but the storyline was sadly derivative because horror fans have seen it all before.

About John Carpenter's the Ward (2010)

Title: John Carpenter's the Ward
Original Title: John Carpenter's The Ward
AKA: The Ward
Year: 2010
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.35/5 stars from 53 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 53
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Amber Heard, Jared Harris, Danielle Panabaker, Joanna Theobalds, Mika Boorem, Tracy Schornick, Kent Kimball, Joseph O'Shaugnessy, Patrick Treadway, Bev Holsclaw, Sydney Sweeney, Mamie Gummer, R.J. Hampton, Laura-Leigh, Milos Milicevic, Lyndsy Fonseca, Sali Sayler, Lonny W. Waddle, Susanna Burney, D.R. Anderson, Sean Cook, Jillian Kramer, Mark Chamberlin, Andrea Petty
Writers: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Director: John Carpenter

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