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Acclaimed director John Carpenter makes his long awaited return to the screen with a thriller about a young woman in a 1960s mental institution who becomes terrorized by malevolent unseen forces. Kristen, a beautiful but troubled young woman, finds herself bruised, cut, drugged with laughing gas. The other patients in the ward four equally disturbed young women offer no answers, and Kristen quickly realizes things are not as they seem. The air is heavy with secrets, and at night, when the hospital is dark and foreboding, she hears strange and frightening sounds. It appears they are not alone. One-by-one, the other girls begin to disappear and Kristen must find a way out of this hellish place before she, too, becomes a victim. As she struggles to escape, she will uncover a truth far more dangerous and horrifying than anyone could have imagined.
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As you probably already know, The Ward is about a young lady brought to a sanitarium in the late 60s after she has torched a farmhouse. On the ward she meets a few other young women, and begins to have visions of a zombie-like woman. The other girls seem to know more about this ghostly woman than they let on, and of course the staff are no help, so it's up to our heroine to get to the bottom of this bucket of clams. What she finds out just may or may not surprise you.
I guess the problem here is that so much time has passed since Carpenter made a feature film that expectations have been growing unexpectedly high over the years. Sure, psycho wards and ghostly girls(or even a combination of the two) seem to pop up a lot in horror movies anymore. Carpenter's in a bad position having made so many groundbreaking films that set the standard for the modern horror film. How do you continue this trend? Today, Carpenter has to compete with six thousand substandard horror movies that have all pretty much owe their existence to his movies. He's been ripped off and remade so many times that he's now competing with watered down and Hollywoodized John Carpenter wannabees! So, yeah, I'm sure it's an uphill battle if he's trying to regain his former status. I suppose the best thing he can do is just make a good John Carpenter movie.
With The Ward I think he pretty much does that. His style is present, but not as much as in the past. Is it mind blowing? Amazing? No, not at all. But it is a good, solid movie in the vein of his In The Mouth Of Madness, though personally I feel not nearly as good as that film.
Definitely worth a look. Carpenter deserves that at least, right?
Nothing new, descent acting, good directing, the make up of the ghost looked a bit cheesey as opposed to scary. However, I did like the camera views of the hallway. As much as I liked the looooong stretchy hallways it isn't a movie I would watch again.
On a side note it was nice to see a horror type movie without alot of gratutious sex and nudity. There wasn't any gore or extensive kill sequences in the movie so that was a treat. Just wished it was more original.