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Photo: Arc Entertainment Note: This review was first published on September 14, 2010 after I saw this film at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. It's being reprinted as it hits limited theaters this weekend.
It seems while Rob Zombie was busy with his horrible remake of John Carpenter's Halloween and Universal is now busy making a prequel to his 1981 classic The Thing, Carpenter has been at home figuring out how he too can get in on the generic horror genre. Taking that into consideration, he's succeeded wildly with The Ward, a subpar psych ward thriller that mines the most cliche of horror film plotlines with laughable performances by the entire cast of twenty-something actresses.
- Brad Brevet
June 8 is almost here and thus you'll finally be able to see John Carpenter's The Ward on various VOD platforms. I'm absolutely dying to know what you think. With a limited theatrical run slated for July 8, XLrator Media has released the film's official U.S. trailer. What do you think? "The story follows a girl (Heard) who is admitted to a psychiatric ward, meets other girls there with distinct personalities and discovers a mysterious girl haunting the halls at night." Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Jared Harris, Mika Boorem, Lyndsy Fonseca, Laura-Leigh, Sydney Sweeney, Dan Anderson, Susanna Burney and Sali Sayle all star. You can read our review from last September's Tiff where the film had its world premiere. »
John Carpenter's The Ward will finally be available on VOD come June 8, with a limited theatrical run slated for July 8. Moviefone has been granted exclusive rights to debut the official one sheet that depicts Amber Heard it quite a pickle. There are a handful of ghouls clawing at her... "The story follows a girl (Heard) who is admitted to a psychiatric ward, meets other girls there with distinct personalities and discovers a mysterious girl haunting the halls at night." Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Jared Harris, Mika Boorem, Lyndsy Fonseca, Laura-Leigh, Sydney Sweeney, Dan Anderson, Susanna Burney and Sali Sayle all star. You can read our review from last September's Tiff where the film had its world premiere. »
Either something is wrong, or the people behind XLrator Media are doing a horrid job of promoting their big acquisition, John Carpenter's The Ward, which is listed as being released on April 15. While we attempt to firm up this date, inside you'll find a trio of clips (unfortunately in Italian), ones of which features Amber Heard showering. My only thoughts were, "Turn around, Turn Around!" The story follows a girl (Heard) who is admitted to a psychiatric ward, meets other girls there with distinct personalities and discovers a mysterious girl haunting the halls at night. Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Jared Harris, Mika Boorem, Lyndsy Fonseca, Laura-Leigh, Sydney Sweeney, Dan Anderson, Susanna Burney, Sali Sayle also star. »
Crazy hot girl is hot, I guess. Is there something perceived to be sexy about mental illness? Cuz there would appear to be no purpose to John Carpenter’s The Ward unless it’s intended to get lonely horny guys off on the idea of the tediously banal Amber Heard -- who is apparently Officially Hot -- locked in a depressing mental institution and subject to electroshock therapy rocking her bod. The year is 1966, and someone is killing the coeds in the crazy ward! It’s probably not Nurse Ratched (Susanna Burney), and probably not Dr. Jared Harris, who’s the same sort of indefinably creepy guy he is on Mad Men as resident English dude Lane Pryce, and may be putting poor Heard (Zombieland) through some sort of experimental treatment. So who’s left to be stalking the suspiciously gorgeous girls of the suspiciously incoherent hospital? If you don »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Easy though it is to laud John Carpenter’s endlessly entertaining early works – from robustly mounted fare such as Assault on Precinct 13 and The Thing, to sillier but no less enjoyable flicks such as Big Trouble in Little China – the auteur’s output as of late has been, to be kind, pretty naff. And by saying “as of late”, we mean for the last two decades, for his last work to truly resonate was his deliciously subversive, Rowdy Roddy Piper-starring They Live. That was 1988. Efforts in the interim have ranged from the sporadically enjoyable guilty pleasures of Vampires and Escape from L.A., to the resolute horror – and not in the way Carpenter intended – of Ghosts of Mars, his last feature film.
The Ward, a seemingly legitimate horror vehicle by premise and cast alone with which Carpenter could rebuild his throwback style, is less a »
- Shaun Munro
Apparently, insane asylums have become veritable sorority houses for mentally unstable hot girls.
In case you missed the memo -- or the awesome trailer for Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" (in theaters March 25) -- the U.K. trailer for horror maestro John Carpenter's "The Ward" is here to drive that point home. And how does it hammer that into our brains and retinas? With prolonged shots of sexy young mental-ward patients like Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca and Danielle Panabaker scrubbing themselves clean in a communal shower, naturally. Hit the jump to watch!
Of course, there's more (or at least a little more) to the film than that. Heard plays Kristen, a young woman who's locked up in a creepy mental institution after supposedly torching a house. There she meets a gaggle of also-hot ward patients played by Fonseca, Panabaker, Mamie Gummer and Laura Leigh, as well as one formerly »
- Tom DiChiara
7 items from 2011
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