The Ward

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  • Summary: In The Ward, Kristen, early 20’s, wakes to find herself bruised, cut, drugged and held against her will in a remote ward of a psychiatric hospital. She is disoriented and has no idea why she was brought to this place. The other patients in the ward, four equally troubled girls, offer noIn The Ward, Kristen, early 20’s, wakes to find herself bruised, cut, drugged and held against her will in a remote ward of a psychiatric hospital. She is disoriented and has no idea why she was brought to this place. The other patients in the ward, four equally troubled girls, offer no answers and Kristen quickly realizes things are not as they seem. At night, she becomes aware of a ghostly presence. 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 the ghost comes for her too. As she struggles to escape, she will uncover a truth far more dangerous and horrifying than anyone could have imagined. (FilmNation Entertainment) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. 70
    While by no means a masterpiece of the form, John Carpenter's The Ward is an economical period piece that still effectively demonstrates what a skilled technician can accomplish in a single location with a compact cast and sturdy old-school effects.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 5, 2011
    67
    At least Carpenter the spook-meister knows how to goose you.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jul 5, 2011
    63
    Its ostentatious sense of horror -- think later-day Argento -- is far from suggestive, though some of its queasier moments effectively tap into our fears of not-so-bygone forms of invasive physical therapy.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 8, 2011
    40
    The Ward feels less indebted to cinema's past than a desperate attempt to keep up with the present. Carpenter has made his approximation of a cheap, twisty, shock-filled modern horror movie, and he has lost all but faint sighs of his minimalist swagger in the process.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 8, 2011
    38
    In the end, Carpenter offers a reasonably nice payoff to this whole misfire.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Jul 7, 2011
    30
    So yeah, the great man is welcome on our screens any day. On the other hand, Carpenter's comeback packs very little of his usual cinematic flair. It's not even all that scary.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 5, 2011
    20
    Lacking a single serious scare or sly idea, the movie dies in ways that merely mediocre horror films can't even dream of.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Sep 17, 2012
    10
    We love you carpenter, but if you follow this with another ghosts of mars, i will be very disappointed, this is a perfect film, this lets usWe love you carpenter, but if you follow this with another ghosts of mars, i will be very disappointed, this is a perfect film, this lets us know that you are still an exceptional director, please, don't crush my faith in you - samarathenymph xoxo Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    10
    A magnificent return to form from john carpenter, a wholly original story, consistent and creepy tone, and decent performances steer this filmA magnificent return to form from john carpenter, a wholly original story, consistent and creepy tone, and decent performances steer this film into classic territory, kudos, carpenter, kudos. Expand
  3. May 4, 2015
    4
    Sorry carpenter your the era is over. The ward is a lazy, generic and disappointing, Heard is the saving grace along with the soundtrack, theSorry carpenter your the era is over. The ward is a lazy, generic and disappointing, Heard is the saving grace along with the soundtrack, the cinematography and editing were appalling, the special effects were disastrous, the ending was its overall saviour. Delivers no scares or tension. Expand
  4. Jan 10, 2012
    4
    Poor movie, made worst by a ridiculous ending which has been done over and over in the past. There is no glossing over the fact that this hasPoor movie, made worst by a ridiculous ending which has been done over and over in the past. There is no glossing over the fact that this has got to be one of the poorest movie I have seen in a long time (and I've watched some rubbish!!) Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2011
    3
    I had high hopes for this movie but inevitably avoided watching "The Ward" in theatres after reading so many negative reviews. Needless toI had high hopes for this movie but inevitably avoided watching "The Ward" in theatres after reading so many negative reviews. Needless to say, I ended up renting for my own disappointing experience. Terrible character development and the supposed twist of an ending will likely be predictable for most. I give props to the makeup artists and for a few scenes that made me jump a bit but overall, Carpenter's latest flick failed to deliver. I would not recommend this movie to a friend and will avoid watching this in the future. Collapse
  6. Nov 14, 2015
    1
    Why are all these psych-ward patients hot, young, well-dressed girls? Like a horror mystery made for dumb people, Carpenter’s last film isWhy are all these psych-ward patients hot, young, well-dressed girls? Like a horror mystery made for dumb people, Carpenter’s last film is trying so hard to be scary and failing at every turn. Poorly directed and completely boring. Expand

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