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The Ward (2010)

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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 ... Zoey
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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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Carpenter's first full-length feature film since Ghosts of Mars (2001), and his first feature not shot in Panavision since his debut Dark Star (1974). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dr. Stringer: What's the first thing you remember?
Kristen: Fire.
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Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)
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Good movie with a pretty good ending that helps save the flaws
30 June 2012 | by boondocksaint20See all my reviews

The Good: The movie is well acted by all. All of the actors did a great and realistic job of conveying the situation of being locked up in a 'new age', yet old-school insane asylum. The twist at the end helped tremendously. Though it wasn't entirely inspired by originality, it justified the past 100 minute viewing experience with a pretty good 'Gotcha' ending. Pretty good mind you, not great.

The Bad: Thought there are a few effective shock moments, the suspense or feeling of dread just isn't there. The competency of the story and actors are all there, but I'm sorry, the movie just isn't scary. Even the main 'villain' doesn't come close to mustering internal fear like they should. The direction, acting and script were all very good, but the execution of fear and horror were just not there.

Overall, a pretty good movie. John Carpenter still isn't what he was back in the late 70's or early 80's, but this was a nice entry into his portfolio (hopefully, Comeback). The ending does save this movie for the most part as it adds an interesting way of looking at everything that just unfolded. However, as a 'Master of Horror', this movie just doesn't deliver enough of the goods for it to be a classic, or be worthy of the person whose name precedes the title.

I give it 7 stars. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.


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