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An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

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John Carpenter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amber Heard ... Kristen
Mamie Gummer ... Emily
Danielle Panabaker ... Sarah
Laura-Leigh Claire ... Zoey (as Laura-Leigh)
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Iris
Mika Boorem ... Alice
Jared Harris ... Dr. Gerald Stringer
Sali Sayler Sali Sayler ... Tammy
Susanna Burney Susanna Burney ... Nurse Lundt
D.R. Anderson ... Roy (as Dan Anderson)
Sean Cook Sean Cook ... Jimmy
Jillian Kramer Jillian Kramer ... Ghost Alice
Mark Chamberlin Mark Chamberlin ... Mr. Hudson
Andrea Petty Andrea Petty ... Mrs. Hudson (as Andrea L. Petty)
Tracy Schornick Tracy Schornick ... Cop #1 (as Tracey Schornick)
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Storyline

In 1966, in North Bend, Oregon, the runaway Kristen is captured by the police after burning down a farmhouse and is locked in the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. Kristen is introduced to Dr. Gerald Stringer, who uses experimental therapy. Then she meets the inmates Emily, Sarah, Zoey and Iris and the tough nurse Lundt. During the night and in the shower later, Kristen sees the ghost of a woman and she learns that she is Alice Leigh Hudson, a mysterious wicked intern that has disappeared. When Iris is ready to go home, she is attacked by the ghost of Alice in the basement and murdered. She vanishes and the inmates decide to seek Iris out. Then Sarah is abducted by the Alice and also killed; the next one is Emily. Meanwhile Kristen escapes from her room and meets Zoey, expecting to protect her. However, Zoey is kidnapped by Alice and Kristen runs to Dr. Stringer's office. She snoops his desk and finds a report with the truth about Alice. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Only Sanity Can Keep You Alive


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's The Ward See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the black and white scenes the girls see on television, which has a severed head yelling "Tom Stewart killed me," is from the 1960 B-movie, Tormented (1960), in which a jazz pianist is haunted by a former girlfriend who he let die by refusing to help her before she fell from a lighthouse. See more »

Goofs

The word "aggressor" is misspelled as "agressor" in Dr. Stringer's notebook. See more »

Quotes

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.
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A Step Back-Ward
30 May 2011 | by andyprendy1See all my reviews

Oh dear, I rented this film with high hopes of a return to form from John Carpenter - the director who brought us Halloween (the 1978 version not the turgid Rob Zombie re-hash) and The Thing (1980). Unfortunately, whilst being nowhere near as excruciating as 2001's Ghosts of Mars and the frankly ridiculous bilge that was Escape From LA, his latest offering 'The Ward' still falls considerably short of the benchmark of his earlier films. The film borrows heavily from other genre thrillers such as Shutter Island and Identity whilst failing to capture the creepy, dread-laden atmosphere that made these films a relative success at the box office. At times 'The Ward' is reminiscent of an unusually long live-action episode of Scooby Doo (albeit one with a little more blood, no dog and less snacks.....) The acting and script leave a lot to be desired and there is an over-reliance on cheap 'jump' scares in place of genuine frights. For some reason the film appears to have been released in the UK way before it's debut in American theatres which makes me wonder if the producer is struggling to find a distributor on it's home turf.

Better luck next time Mr Carpenter.


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