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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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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 »

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

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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Referenced in Outlast (2013) See more »

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Boom, Boom, Ain't It Great To Be Crazy?
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Enjoyable horror thriller
20 September 2012 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Police catches a girl who just set a house on fire. They take her to a mental facility. And there she's placed in "the ward"- a specialized section where the Dr. tries some special methods.

The girl, Kristen, meets a group of four girls there with all their mental issues. The staff is your typical repulsive scary bunch. But Kristen at some point starts having vision of some scary-looking ghost that is haunting her. Suddenly the girls start disappearing. We're led to believe that perhaps they are cured and allowed to leave but it looks like they are actually getting killed by someone. The staff doesn't say a word about anything.

Kristen decides to investigate and she makes a couple of attempts to escape. Eventually she finds out what the secret of the ward is.

The Ward is a well-done horror thriller that's somewhat a throwback to earlier times. It takes place in the 60s and the way it's filmed and the tone is milder, less edgy, it doesn't rely on visual trickery. It's not overly malevolent or gory. But what it does, it does right. The ghost is scary and it does have a few good horror scenes.


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