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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 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 ... Jimmy
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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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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

Although Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock, is still used today in the U.S., it is only used as a last resort, with patient consent (except in the most extreme cases), and with the patient anesthetized, not awake and screaming like a tortured banshee as depicted in the film. Also, the ECT machines used in the U.S. today make the procedure quick and relatively painless (e.g., no noticeable twitching or spasming of the muscles). However, the movie is not set in present time but rather in the 60s, as Dr Stringer revealed during his last session with Iris. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Stringer: What's the first thing you remember?
Kristen: Fire.
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Connections

Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Ghosts of Mars (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Capricorn
Written by Jared Leto
Performed by Thirty Seconds to Mars
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directing from another era
16 June 2011 | by nuclear_divisionSee all my reviews

For the people who didn't enjoy this I can understand this somewhat, it does have some weak aspects but overall I enjoyed the film. It has a kind of classic, low budget sense about it. I liked the premise of this film, an amnesiac in a psychiatric institution is being terrorized by a ghost that is stalking and killing the other patients, it is definitely watchable from the start to end. But on a whole this film is well directed by Carpenter. Someone else mentioned the soundtrack which plays in the opening credits, it has a haunting child-like voice. it did have another song also Run Baby Run - The Newbeats. I have seen all of Carpenters films and this was pretty good, it has a more dignified sense about it than some of his others.


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