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The Ward -- As a troubled young woman is held against her will in a remote ward of a psychiatric hospital, she tries to piece together her memory while her fellow patients begin disappearing.
The Ward -- Clip: Quiet Moment With Kristen And Emily
The Ward -- Interview: "John Carpenter On Casting"
The Ward -- As a troubled young woman is held against her will in a remote ward of a psychiatric hospital, she tries to piece together her memory while her fellow patients begin disappearing.
The Ward -- Clip: Kristen, Sara, Iris, Zoey And Emily At Table Talking Crazy


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Writers (WGA):
Michael Rasmussen (written by) &
Shawn Rasmussen (written by)
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Release Date:
21 January 2011 (Ireland) See more »
Only Sanity Can Keep You Alive
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Amber Heard ... Kristen

Mamie Gummer ... Emily

Danielle Panabaker ... Sarah

Laura-Leigh ... Zoey

Lyndsy Fonseca ... Iris

Mika Boorem ... Alice

Jared Harris ... Dr. Gerald Stringer
Sali Sayler ... Tammy
Susanna Burney ... Nurse Lundt

D.R. Anderson ... Roy (as Dan Anderson)

Sean Cook ... Jimmy
Jillian Kramer ... Ghost Alice
Mark Chamberlin ... Mr. Hudson
Andrea Petty ... Mrs. Hudson (as Andrea L. Petty)
Tracy Schornick ... Cop #1 (as Tracey Schornick)

Kent Kimball ... Cop #2
Joseph O'Shaugnessy ... Receptionist

Patrick Treadway ... 2nd Floor Nurse
Bev Holsclaw ... Admitting nurse

Sydney Sweeney ... Young Alice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
R.J. Hampton ... Mental Ward Patient (uncredited)
Milos Milicevic ... Predator (uncredited)

Joanna Theobalds ... Mental Ward Patient (uncredited)
Lonny W. Waddle ... Orderly (uncredited)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
Writing credits
Michael Rasmussen (written by) &
Shawn Rasmussen (written by)

Produced by
Adam Betteridge .... executive producer
Peter Block .... producer
Rich Cowan .... executive producer
Mischa Jakupcak .... line producer
Doug Mankoff .... producer
Mike Marcus .... producer
Hans Ritter .... unit producer: Los Angeles
David Rogers .... executive producer
Andrew Spaulding .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Kilian 
Cinematography by
Yaron Orbach (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick McMahon 
Casting by
Pam Dixon  (as Pam Dixon Mickelson)
Production Design by
Paul Peters 
Art Direction by
Vincent DeFelice 
Set Decoration by
Rachel M. Thompson 
Costume Design by
Lisa Caryl-Vukas  (as Lisa Caryl)
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... makeup effects
Amy Bruscoe .... makeup artist
Emily Chisholm .... assistant makeup artist
Kerrin Jackson .... special makeup effects artist
Trista Jordan .... makeup department head
Mike Meyers .... hair stylist
Greg Nicotero .... makeup effects (as Gregory Nicotero)
Jennifer Popochock .... key hair stylist
Taci Van Leuven .... hair stylist
Kevin Wasner .... makeup effects
Production Management
Rich Cowan .... unit production manager
Jason A. Payne .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam C. Boyd .... second assistant director
Jared Briley .... second second assistant director
Ivan Kraljevic .... second assistant director (additional photography)
Milos Milicevic .... first assistant director (additional photography)
Lynn Wegenka .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dan Beyer .... set dresser
Michael Broom .... storyboard artist: KNB EFX Group
Steve Broussard .... construction coordinator
Mike Cassell .... carpenter
cdavid cottrill .... property master (as Cdavid Hall-cottrill)
Alex Klaue .... set dresser
Rubin Marcilla .... utility technician
Dutch Merrick .... property master: additional photography
Kenneth Milfred .... leadman
Jodi Nichols .... art department coordinator
Mo Noder .... demolition
Mo Noder .... props
Michael Ruby .... charge scenic artist
Angela J. Smith .... set dresser
Sound Department
Javier Bennassar .... sound designer
Javier Bennassar .... supervising sound editor
Chris Clifford .... boom operator
Ryan Collins .... assistant sound editor
Lara Dale .... foley artist
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
Lisle Engle .... sound editor
Scott Kramer .... foley editor
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Tom Marks .... sound re-recording mixer
A. Josh Reinhardt .... foley mixer
Dave Richards .... sound utility
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Tom Taylor .... sound mixer
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Mandell Winter .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Special Effects by
Ray Brown .... special effects foreman
Brian Goehring .... special makeup effects crew: mold department K.N.B. EFX Group
Stephen Klineburger .... special effects technician
Casey Pritchett .... special effects coordinator
Dirk Rogers .... special effects tech: K.N.B. efx group
Visual Effects by
Travis Berry .... visual effects artist
Jason McKee .... visual effects artist (as Jason Mckee)
Jason McKee .... visual effects supervisor (as Jason Mckee)
Helena Barrett .... stunt double
Stacey Carino .... stunts
John Casino .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Jillian Kramer .... stunt performer
Heidi Pascoe .... stunt double
Michelle Sebek .... stunt double: Amber Heard
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark L. Anderson .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Philip A. Anderson .... lighting technician (as Philip Allister Anderson)
Philip A. Anderson .... second assistant camera (as Philip Allister Anderson)
Ryan Bradley .... grip
Garrett Cantrell .... grip
Bob Clifford .... loader
Brianne Cronkhite .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Rick Davidson .... additional camera operator: "a" camera/Steadicam
Mitch Davis .... electrician
Trey Donner .... additional electrician
Nate Heyer .... set electric
Theresa Majeres .... grip
Matthew May .... best boy electric
Ryan Middleton .... lighting technician
Dan Misner .... electrician
Pete Moroz .... still photographer
Charles Papert .... camera operator: "a" camera
Charles Papert .... steadicam operator
Benjamin E. Porter .... additional electrician
Chris Purkiss .... electrician
Piotr Redlinski .... still photographer
Gregory D. Smith .... key grip
Don Stier .... dolly grip
Dempsey Tillman .... digital video assist
Mike Vukas .... gaffer
Bob Webeck .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Casting Department
Bryan Burra .... casting assistant
Nike Imoru .... casting: Spokane
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alayna Caryl .... costumer
Rebecca Cook .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Travis Berry .... assistant editor
Ian Kennedy .... post-production consultant
Tim Maffia .... digital intermediate senior colorist
Kathie McCallister .... post-production producer
Jeff Stone .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Matthew Janszen .... score coordinator
Matt Shelton .... music editor
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Toddy Walters .... vocals
Transportation Department
Shannon Freeman .... driver: cast
Nicole Heigh .... driver: cast
Mike Kjolso .... transportation captain
Shawn Odom .... driver
John Petty .... driver
Seth Pickens .... driver
Jason Yarbrough .... driver
Other crew
Noor Ahmed .... production legal
Phil Andrade .... location assistant
Alan Lee Baker .... location manager
Shelly Bancroft .... Acquisitions consultant: Premiere Picture
Zoe Bower .... post-production facilities manager
Barbara Brown .... script supervisor (as Barbara A. Brown)
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director
Sarah Clifford .... animal supplier
Sarah Clifford .... rat trainer
Kimberly Cohrs .... production assistant: additional photography
Tana David .... post facilities coordinator
Amanda M. Davis .... production intern
Mitch Davis .... production assistant
Trey Donner .... location assistant
Justin Farris .... production assistant
Aaron A. Fink .... production assistant
Jason Garrett .... financier
Gina Gilberto .... assistant: John Carpenter
Mike Groner .... insurance broker
Heidi Habib .... assistant location manager
Brad Harland .... production accountant
Laurie Hicks .... location scout
Fiona Kihlstrom .... financier
Lynn Komarek .... assistant production coordinator
Hakan Kousetta .... production legal advisor: financing
Jenny Lee .... title designer
Maggie Lucas .... production staff
Kathleen McInnis .... publicity consultant
Brittany Meadows .... production assistant: additional photography
Pete Moroz .... location manager
Susan Muir .... completion bond guarantor
Cory C. Myler .... production coordinator: reshoots
Nadia Naguib .... financier
Beth Bruckner O'Brien .... assistant to Peter Block (as Beth Bruckner)
David Peck .... Consultant
J.P. Pettinato .... consultant to producers
Benjamin E. Porter .... location assistant
Skyler Prendergast .... production assistant
Benjamin R. Reder .... production legal counsel
Justina Renoud .... caterer
Steven Rogers .... Consultant
Mary C. Rolfes .... production coordinator
Marcus Searancke .... financier
Michelle Sellwood .... assistant to producer: mike marcus
Tara A. Senior .... production legal counsel
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
Ryan Sleight .... production assistant
Gareth Smith .... title designer
Alena Walker .... financier (as Alena Trower)
Mela Lee .... adr voice artist (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's The Ward" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for violence and disturbing images
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

All the actresses did an online search to learn their individual dance moves for the dance sequence.See more »
Anachronisms: The story takes place in 1966, but the ambulance is a 1968 Cadillac.See more »
Iris:Listen, don't let this place get to you. You stay locked up long enough and you start to believe that you're nuts.See more »
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89 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
Cloning Carpenter, 22 January 2011
Author: murnank from Ireland

I'm 36 years old and in 1981 the first horror movie I saw was John Carpenters "Halloween". I was 6 year old and subsequently I became an úber fan of the Director. I've worshiped the great ones (Assault on precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Prince of Darkness) enjoyed the good (Christine, Star Man, Big Trouble in little China, They Live, In the mouth of madness, Vampires) and stomached the bad (Escape from L.A, Village of the damned, Memoirs…, Ghosts of Mars). "The Ward" seems to fall into all of these categories. Sometimes it's great, more often than not it's good but regrettably when it's bad it's really bad. Perhaps it was the lack of a traditional Carpenter score (although the score by Mark Kilian is suitably haunting, memorable and atmospheric) or maybe it was the somewhat derivative "jump" scares or could it have been the inconsistent overall tone because to me it felt like I was watching a movie made by someone trying to emulate Carpenter rather than a movie by "The Master" himself. Don't get me wrong, technically it's excellent and it contains a few moments of genuine tension but there was something missing from the ingredients that make a great Carpenter movie and I think that something is called suspense. It's a shame really because with its eerie location, its linear, albeit uninspired storyline and its quirky characters this had the potential to bring the Director back to the top where he truthfully belongs but throughout I couldn't help feel that Carpenter's become jaded within the genre. His techniques that were groundbreaking during his prime have been exploited by every other Horror Director of the last 20 years. So instead of evolving above this and carving a revolutionary way forward as he once did so gracefully, Carpenters now imitating his old self and his techniques just don't seem to cut it anymore. To be fair it's an enjoyable and fast moving 88 minutes but from an old Pro like John Carpenter I was expecting something a lot more terrifying. When Carpenter reviewed his initial cut of "The Fog" back in 79 he found it plodding and just not scary enough so he went back and re-shot scenes then re-cut it into the classic it is today. I think if Carpenter had taken the same approach with this movie it could've been up there with the best of the best but something tells me that he's become indifferent, lost his passion and dare I say "only in it for the money". Over time I may grow to love this like I grew to love "Prince of Darkness" but as of right now it's left me feeling somewhat dis-satisfied.

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