John Carpenter's the Ward (2010) Movie Review

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John Carpenter's the Ward (2010)

2010 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
89 minutes / 1h 29min

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John Carpenter's the Ward Plot Synopsis:

In 1966, in North Bend, Oregon, the runaway Kristen is captured by the police after burning down a farmhouse and is locked in the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. Kristen is introduced to Dr. Gerald Stringer, who uses experimental therapy. Then she meets the inmates Emily, Sarah, Zoey and Iris and the tough nurse Lundt. During the night and in the shower later, Kristen sees the ghost of a woman and she learns that she is Alice Leigh Hudson, a mysterious wicked intern that has disappeared. When Iris is ready to go home, she is attacked by the ghost of Alice in the basement and murdered. She vanishes and the inmates decide to seek Iris out. Then Sarah is abducted by the Alice and also killed; the next one is Emily. Meanwhile Kristen escapes from her room and meets Zoey, expecting to protect her. However, Zoey is kidnapped by Alice and Kristen runs to Dr. Stringer's office. She snoops his desk and finds a report with the truth about Alice.

John Carpenter's the Ward (2010) Review

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.

  • John Carpenter's the Ward Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 4.85
  • IMDB: 5.6
  • MetaCritic: 3.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.3

About John Carpenter's the Ward 2010

Title: John Carpenter's the Ward
AKA: The Ward
Year: 2010
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.43/5 stars from 37,391 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 37,391
MPAA Rating: R
John Carpenter's the Ward Cast Starring: Jared Harris, Amber Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Joanna Theobalds, Mika Boorem, Joseph O'Shaugnessy, Patrick Treadway, Bev Holsclaw, Sydney Sweeney, R.J. Hampton, Mamie Gummer, Milos Milicevic, Laura-Leigh, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lonny W. Waddle, Sali Sayler, Laura-Leigh Claire, Susanna Burney, D.R. Anderson, Sean Cook, Jillian Kramer, Mark Chamberlin, Andrea Petty, Tracy Schornick, Kent Kimball
John Carpenter's the Ward Writers: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
John Carpenter's the Ward Director: John Carpenter
Production: Arc Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA