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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.
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…
John.....What the fuck happened, man? Put your game face on the next time for Christ's sake!
For what John Carpenter is capable of, this one is a serious snoozer. The plot is paper thin, the acting is pretty terrible, and the snap on twist ending is played out and has been done better in other films dealing with similar themes. From the get go I was worried about this film. Amber Heard is not a bad actress, but in this she's pretty awful as a new resident of a mental hospital. There were so many times in this film that opportunities were wasted to give us some insight of the hospital.
The whole film just seems like it is going through the motions to get to the end, which by the way was so forced and…
Swing and a miss. Travels well-worn tracks through genre territory which I wouldn't mind so much if the genre weren't "surprise ending" or "big twist". This particular twist has been on heavy rotation since 1999 and needs to be put to rest for a good long while. Still, I loves me some Carpenter work. Please, please, please, JC, don't stop. Best moment: Wheelchair escort down the nightmare hallway. Go ahead and scream, we're miles from where anyone can hear you.
Flashes of Carpenter's trademark economy push through the schlocky script: look at the way the camera prowls hallways, the dimensionality of closed rooms and unseen corners (this is a direct inverse of his recurring siege motif). There's nothing wrong with "B" movies per se, and this film embraces its genre-specific classicism. But Carpenter doesn't comfortably visualize the flashbacks, the writing lacks imagination, and some of the performances are distractingly self-conscious. Amber Heard and Jared Harris rise above the written material, though, and it's worth watching for those glimpses of the Carpenter who completed his Apocalypse Quartet with Cigarette Burns in 2005. In short, I enjoyed it more on a second viewing, but there's no shortage of problems. Now please come back and give us another one, Carpenter...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Inspired by being pretty happy with John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes' album, and then realizing that this movie exists and I've never seen it. Actually, the fact that a whole John Carpenter movie existed that I didn't even know about made me feel kinda dumb, even though I wouldn't have expected all that much out of it.
It was pretty good, insofar as it wasn't bad and it had plenty of nice very John Carpenter touches. And some good startling moments of the jump-out-of-your-seat kind of scare. Also, Jared Harris is always fun to watch.
And as far as <spoiler>multiple-personality disorder movies go</spoiler> I guess this was no dumber than most. Though really that central twist doesn't exactly explain why the monster commits its murders by abusing a series of the more horrific psychiatric procedures of the mid-20th century.
It was a fun movie though.
I honestly don't remember much about this and I watched it just over a month ago. :/
I recently participated in a marathon podcast covering the career of John Carpenter. Yeah, that’s why I’ve been watching so many of his films lately. This retrospective was split into decades, and like many I was dreading revisiting – or in some cases visiting for the first time – the films he has made since 2000.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Carpenter and his films. I think he’s one of the most interesting directors who has ever lived, and his finest work ranks among the very best in genre cinema. But you’ll be hard pressed to find even the most devoted genre fan who would go to the wall for all of his post-2000 efforts. Perhaps the most maligned…
Exceptionally generic with a twist that makes about as much sense as you'd expect. At least it's mercifully short though. And as much as people seem to hate it, The Ward is no worse than any number of modern day horror films.
Good for a cheap thrill, but don't expect anything groundbreaking or even average. It just falls flat in a lot of ways. I did jump twice in the film, so I gave an extra star.
I've been waiting 10 years for John Carpenter to return to feature films, too bad the script he chose just so completely unoriginal.
Seems like everything in this movie I've seen before. Not worth your time.
- 13 Sins
- 100 Bloody Acres
- The ABCs of Death
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
- Gone Girl
- Fight Club
- Citizen Kane
- Mystic River
Suggest any, but please do not state the twist in the comments :)
It has to be a reveal, something…