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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…
Yeah, it's not great or even original but I had fun watching it. Carpenter knows how to create a tense mood that, while you can see the ending coming a mile away, I find quite evocative.
Lazy writing, bad pacing, and a waste of fucking time. Cliches abound and even Carpenter's worst 80s shit was better than this. I feel bad that Jared Harris had to act in this turd.
vehemently hoping that this sucked because Carpenter stopped caring...
I don't understand why people think Carpenter has fallen off. I can see why someone might take issue with the screenplay (though I think it's okay) and some of the performances, but Carpenter's direction is masterful. The lighting, composition, usage of color, and editing are all top notch. Just look at the way Carpenter composes the scenes in the dumbwaiter for maximum creepiness or the way he makes the dance scene seem completely organic and (creepily) fun. It doesn't get much better than that.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Many fans give the '70s/'80s American horror icons a lifetime pass due to all the great stuff they made early in their careers, even though that creative crop has all but dried up. Their movies now come sporadically, usually without theatrical distribution, lacking in personality and panned by anyone loyal enough to sit through them. Unlike, say, Tobe Hooper or George Romero, John Carpenter has largely protected his reputation by staying out of the game. Aside from a couple of Masters of Horror installments - one OK, one lousy - The Ward is the only thing he's directed since Ghosts of Mars stunk up theaters in 2001. I finally watched it out of morbid curiosity and found my extremely low…
You know everything you hate about horror movies? The terrible acting, lack of real atmospheric scares, and characters that you don't give a shit about? That's The Ward.
As a fan of John Carpenter's ability to entertain with some of his mediocre films, this one is just plain boring.
Not completely awful as far as bad John Carpenter movies go, but the competent parts are undermined by just the dumbest story.
Well-crafted nonsense, pretty typical of late-period Carpenter I suppose, but not even half as fun as ESCAPE FROM L.A. or GHOSTS OF MARS. Brisk pace with some elliptical, dreamlike editing that glosses over necessary character beats early & often. There's a few effective scares, especially in the death scenes, but the script is just absolute gobbledygook.
Sidebar: pretty cool original score, not composed by The Master himself (although he did just release the excellent LOST THEMES album). www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fQxx1LAfq8
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