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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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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 »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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The flashbacks were filmed after principal shooting on the movie had wrapped. See more »

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Shortly after the ghost cuts the girl's throat, Dr. Stringer is holding Kristen while the nurse is giving her a shot. When it cuts to a close up of the shot, Dr. Stringer is gone, then reappears after the camera cuts back. 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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Old school thriller
4 April 2013 | by georgi_lindseySee all my reviews

I felt it was very drawn out. Tiny little pieces were given along the way and it built to a huge, twist finish. The characters were believable and there left enough unclosed at the end to make your own decision, without any confusion - it ended without ending.

It is very riveting despite the drab surroundings, the acting does grip you, the baddies frustrate, the goodies you want to cuddle and there's one mysterious character. The doctor, it's impossible to determine which side he is on.

Very good film by a great man. Not a John Carpenter classic but worth a watch.


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