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Only Sanity Can Keep You Alive
A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.
The suspense and terror are no longer what they were replaced by boredom and predictability. For 80 minutes out of a total of 88 Carpenter makes you think you're watching an episode of Supernatural.
In a mental hospital with very polite doctors,a patient with pyromaniac tendencies make his appearance. Kristen, a smart blonde, does not want to stay in the pavilion although we have no idea why she burned a house.In the first night,strange incidents start happening.In the second night a ghost makes its appearance.The problem is that the ghost begins to kill her colleagues in strange ways.
From a technical standpoint, the film is great.The soundtrack and atmosphere are the best things about the film.Most of the performances were…
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!
The Director's Series-Part V: John Carpenter
In 2010 John Carpenter returned to filmmaking with the low-budget horror film, The Ward, and is every bit of disappointing. Following Ghosts of Mars and Showtimes "Masters of Horror it seemed that Carpenter was pretty much done with filmmaking. What caused him to do another film? Maybe it was to see if he still has it, but the end result is a very forgettable ghost story.
In 1966, Kristen (Amber Heard) is arrested and sent to the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital after burning down a farmhouse. Inside she meets the other patients, Iris, Sarah, Emily and Zoey (Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, and Laura-Leigh, respectively) and is put under the care of Dr.…
Why are all these psych-ward patients hot, young, well-dressed girls? Like a horror mystery made for dumb people, Carpenter’s last film is trying so hard to be scary and failing at every turn. Poorly directed and completely boring.
Nope. Sorry John Carpenter. You may have made one of my favorite horror movies of all time (and definitely my favorite sci-fi) but I can't get behind The Ward.
I apologize for that. I really do. I like In The Mouth of Maddness and They Live though, hell I even have a soft spot for Escape From L.A., that's gotta count for something, right?
I apologize again, I love Big Trouble though and I even defend Prince of a Darkness to haters. Please forgive me.
I remember very little about this film, and I only saw it 4 days ago. I'm not sure if this is down to my poor memory or the complete blandness of this film.
It has Amber Heard in, so that's a plus. And it has her hair, which is also a plus. And hey, it's got lots of women in the main roles so yay for Blechdel test!
It's also got lots of attempts of jump scares that I'm not sure a single one elicited the correct response from me. It's got a plot I couldn't give a toss about. It's got a resolution I actually groaned at.
I mean, it's not an awful film, but it's a very by the numbers nothingy film. And John, where was the synth score?! Talk about a missed opportunity.
This movie just isn't good, but occasionally the number of people in it that we like grows too large to not watch it. I only hope that this was the last time.
Rewatched this as part of a Hallowe'en edition of Films From Afar, as I wasn't aware of the charms of Danielle Panabaker and Amber Heard the first time I watched it. It hasn't improved in the meantime, plus I'm also used to seeing Marnie Gummer as a bitch in The Good Wife.
An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.
Standard horror thriller with a predictable ending.
Carpenter mustered up just enough energy to make this a presentable horror film, especially since it lacks anything in his distinct style. It's tight and lean and lacks any of the hokey charm of his post-In The Mouth Of Madness work, which I actually kind of miss to be honest. Part of me was hoping he'd go so completely around the bend that he'd end up back at Dark Star levels of genre parody (which I'm like 95% sure Escape From LA is but good luck convincing anyone else of that).
This was just ok. I think if this wasn't directed by John Carpenter it wouldn't be considered as bad as I was led to believe it was. I think that just comes from being disappointed by this installment as Carpenter's return. Harmless but not memorable, and really not very scary at all.
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