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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.
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.
Grauenvolle Aufreihung von jump-scares, die sich unspektakulär und durchweg schlecht umgesetzt über die Zeit zieht. Charaktere wirken trotz späterer Auflösung absolut lächerlich.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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¿De dónde le viene la mala fama a esta película? Puedo comprender que al público de género, joven y moderno, acostumbrado a –si hípster gafasdepasta—moscas y niñas japonesas que se salen de la tele, o –si más deapié palomero—monstruos de la endogamia destazando chavitas con una motosierra y gran lujo de detalle, The Ward no ofrezca mucha novedad o emoción. Pero de críticos y reseñistas espero que sepan al menos de que hablan y que es lo que han visto. En The Ward, John Carpenter aplica su receta clásica y clasicista, unidad de tiempo, espacio y acción, y fabrica una atmósfera densa como en sus mejores obras, a base…
The Ward is a really, really good idea. I don't know if it's a John Carpenter original idea, or if it's one that has been done before. Either way, it's also an idea that would be nigh impossible to pull off in any format, so the fact that The Ward comes admirably close to reaching that while remaining cohesive is a fine feat.
The Ward is also a movie that would be really easy to spoil--and I suspect that many people will guess what is going on long before the reveal.
So without getting into anything too plot-heavy, The Ward is about a teenager who finds herself in a hospital psych ward in the 1960s. She doesn't believe she belongs…
This poster and Drag Me to Hell's are so similar.
Well, the drunken night continued, and I tried to give 'The Ward' attention, but in all honest, it didn't really warrant it.
Carpenter should have retired quite some time ago, I think that is something we can all agree on. He isn't necessarily making terrible movies, he just isn't making movies that he is capable of. He has lost his way in making iconic films.
Everything has become over-stylised, over produced, and completely lack-lustre and bereft of originality. Sorry John, I'm just not feeling it any more.
You know a director is influential when there is literally a typeface that you recognize as their own. Join Carpenter was such a director. We (his fans) instantly recognize that font as the John Carpenter Font.
Having heard no good things, I've been avoiding The Ward since its release. But when I saw the John Carpenter Font, I'll admit, I got excited. I shouldn't have been.
Why did John Carpenter decide to break his years of silence with such an unremarkable story? Even the music and cinematography, aspects you can usually expect Carpenter to deliver on, suck here. And watching nothing but escape attempt after escape attempt for 90 minutes got very boring very fast. And how this movie managed…
I miss John Carpenter.
Mark this one down as another uninspired haunted asylum movie with boring effects, bad performances, and a twist you'd see coming a mile away if only the movie knew what foreshadowing was. You'll still probably see it coming.
It wins a couple of style points, but this is still a far cry from the glory days of Carpenter. It doesn't help that script he's working with is loaded with cliches, plot holes, weak characterisation, a lack of scares, intrigue and a obvious twist that you can spot a hundred miles off.
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