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The Ward (2010)

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A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.


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Sali Sayler ...
Susanna Burney ...
Roy (as Dan Anderson)
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Ghost Alice
Mark Chamberlin ...
Mr. Hudson
Andrea Petty ...
Mrs. Hudson (as Andrea L. Petty)
Tracy Schornick ...
Cop #1 (as Tracey Schornick)


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Only Sanity Can Keep You Alive


Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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21 January 2011 (UK)  »

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John Carpenter's The Ward  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Carpenter's Comeback
20 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Yet another summing up project from Master of Horror John Carpenter. This time he's revisiting the hospital killing ground of Halloween 2, without the much missed Donald Pleasence to anchor the story. Confidently directed by Carpenter, after nearly a decade away from feature films, and well-acted by its young cast, the film is nevertheless most enjoyable for its small pleasures, especially the use of 1966 as a period setting. The cruder approach to psychology during this era infects the film at every level, from the memorable credits sequence, to the primitive yet threatening art direction of the mental ward where most of the action takes place. Keeping the gore up to his usual standards, and employing his standard bag of "cheap tricks" to make the audience jump, Carpenter delivers an efficient slasher film whose unpretentious approach to its core issues of sanity vs. insanity prove much more satisfying than the dead end resolution of the recently similar mental hospital thriller, SHUTTER ISLAND.

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