The Ward – USA, 2010 – reviews

The Ward is a 2010 American psychological horror feature film directed by John Carpenter from a screenplay by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. The movie stars Amber Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Mika Boorem, and Jared Harris.

The story revolves around a young institutionalised woman named Kristen (Amber Heard) who is haunted by a mysterious and deadly zombie/ghost. As danger creeps closer, she comes to realise that this zombie might be darker than anything she ever could have imagined…

The Ward was John Carpenter’s first full-length feature film since Ghosts of Mars in 2001.

Reviews:

“While he does bring his trademark craftsmanship to this snake-pit mental-asylum thriller, the picture has too many old-movie bits rattling around in it. Basically, this is a ghost story merged with a slasher film and sealed with a Shutter Island twist.” Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“The denouement is visible from a distance; a shame if you recall how expertly Carpenter unleashed the powerful climaxes of The Thing et al. Still, it’s a well-made film, with some finely crafted shocks and a steady pace that almost seems stately in these days of fast-cut horror.” Philem O’Neill, The Guardian

“There’s nothing here that really grabs you by the throat and sends chills down your spine. Instead, it’s content to simply tell a pretty straight-forward ghost story bolstered by Carpenter’s trademark mastery of the widescreen frame and some engaging performances…” Home Cinema Choice

Filming locations:

Shot on location at the Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, Washington, USA

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