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