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Only Sanity Can Keep You Alive
A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.
Next time John Carpenter decides to make a film, let's not let him.
The Ward is awful and I'm falling asleep so I'm going to make this short and sweet.
1) Mamie Gummer is a great name. It sounds like she should be in a racist 1920s silent historical epic though. She's terrible in this.
2) This is the worst nuthouse ever. The doctor leaves a fucking knife lying around, they don't lock the doors and it's piss easy to escape. Not exactly Strangeways, is it?
3) How did John Carpenter, of all people, make a film set in a nuthouse and manage to get absolutely…
Terrible acting, terrible script, terrible story, terrible jump scares. Just terrible. I have never been a fan of John Carpenter and he does nothing here to change my mind.
P.S. How do you kill a ghost with an axe? Hint: you can't.
I was told this would be a John Carpenter's movie, when it's in fact a generic and forgetable haunting film by a random young american filmmaker whose next film will be something like Wrong Turn 9 and then we are never going to heard of him again.
John.....What the fuck happened, man? Put your game face on the next time for Christ's sake!
While it is putting it mildly to say that THE WARD is in no way comparable to John Carpenter in his prime, it is not the disaster I had been expecting. It's basically GIRL, INTERRUPTED with ghosts!
The film stars Amber Heard as Kristen, a young woman missing most of her memory who has recently been committed to an asylum for burning down an empty farmhouse (she can't remember why). Once she meets her fellow patients (a predictably but entertainingly varied group) she finds herself knee-deep in a mystery involving several missing former patients and the creepy, zombie-faced ghost girl who roams the halls at night.
For most of its running time, THE WARD is an agreeably silly haunted house…
I heart Carpenter so much. No one else directs a hallway like he does. He's the Godard of genre. I mean that purely in the textural sense. I get exactly the same pleasure watching Carpenter direct a dance scene or film cigarette smoke as I do when Godard used to do it.
It's not John Carpenter's worst film, but it's far from his best.
Surprised to say that I didn't hate this. Went into it with very low expectations (so low), and wound up being pleasantly surprised. I didn't love it, not even close. But what I was afraid of wound up not being the case, this didn't feel like someone else's film that John Carpenter happen to just make. It still had some distinctly Carpenter moments and a feel about it that made it enjoyable enough. Bottom rung of John Carpenter's work, especially due to the lack of a John Carpenter score.
I will add this note, stream this before you buy it. Or just stream it and don't buy it at all. For anyone wanting to get through all of John Carpenters films (like me), save this for an occasion when you're not expecting to watch a top flight or even middle of the pack John Carpenter film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A girl is found after burning a farm down and is sent to a mental asylum where she meets four other girls. in what seems like a mix between Girl, Interrupted and Bubba Ho-Tep.
Let’s make this clear: John Carpenter is on a different level than most horror/thriller directors. He gets it. Even so, he doesn’t always make great movies. For every great movie he makes, he makes two good movies, one okay movie and one mediocre movie. I’m not trying to be mean here; John Carpenter is in my top three movie directors of all time. Still, I can’t help but admit that some of his titles miss the mark completely (e.g. Dark Star and Ghost of Mars were…
Woof. Definitely lesser Carpenter. Glad the guy can still get work, but he deserves better than this cruddy ghost story. It's a jump scare-o-rama with none of the expert pacing the director is capable of delivering.
Really not helped by a script that delivers CUCKOO'S NEST by way of a CW casting call. A ghoul that annoys more than horrifies. And a leaden Amber Heard as lead. I think this was made almost entirely because they could take advantage of the hospital set for cheap. Which you better get used to as the film seems content to explore repetitively the same spots of its interior.
There was potential here, especially with the 60's setting. It just failed to deliver.
Previously consigned to a suburban multiplex, now playing (briefly) in the city proper, John Carpenter's first feature in nine years finds the filmmaker saddled with a low budget, an uneven cast and a routine script. And yet, despite these shortcomings, Carpenter ends up accomplishing a victory of form; his masterful control of negative space, overhead shots, and foreground framing overpowers a by-the-numbers haunted asylum story—which bears a striking resemblance to SUCKER PUNCH before it starts bearing a striking resemblance to SHUTTER ISLAND—through the sheer power of its stark, creepy sadness. So meticulously structured and composed that the actual twists and scares become irrelevant, this is an object lesson in the difference between plot and construction—and arguably Carpenter's most formalist work…
Film 346 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
What the fuck Carpenter? You've got some classic under your belt and you made this shit!
Poor in every way. Felt like straight to DVD garbage with an awful and stupid twist at the end.
How do you go from Halloween and The Thing to this?
A group of girls in an insane asylum are stalked by the ghost of one of their former peers in this tepid and uninspired horror film from John Carpenter. Seeming like a work from hire from this usually distinctive director, The Ward lacks much of the compositional strength that distinguishes his usual output. There are a few mild scares to be had, but they seem like a weak payoff for a film that is not well-acted enough to function as the psychological thriller that it wants to be. Had this been a direct-to-video work from an anonymous source, it would have felt mediocre, but passable. Coming from Carpenter, who hasn’t made a feature film since the underrated Ghosts of Mars, it’s cause for alarm.
John Carpenter imprime um clima sufocante com sua câmera flutuante, mas não sai da zona de conforto ao apostar em sustos bobos e excessivos, personagens caricatos, um monstro fraquíssimo e um final bombástico, que apesar de ser interessante, não se sustenta depois de 80 minutos de frustração por parte do espectador.
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