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The WardIt's been a while since John Carpenter directed a movie. (The last one was 2001's Ghosts of Mars.) While he does bring his trademark...The WardMystery and Thriller, HorrorPT88MRIt's been a while since John Carpenter directed a movie. (The last one was 2001's Ghosts of Mars.) While he does bring his trademark...2011-06-27Arc Entertainment
Amber Heard | DEMENTED TEENAGERS Amber Heard (holding the knife), Laura-Leigh in The Ward

DEMENTED TEENAGERS Amber Heard (holding the knife), Laura-Leigh in The Ward

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The Ward

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Horror; Starring: Jared Harris, Amber Heard; Release Date Limited: 07/08/2011; Runtime (in minutes): 88; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Arc Entertainment

It’s been a while since John Carpenter directed a movie. (The last one was 2001’s Ghosts of Mars.) While he does bring his trademark craftsmanship to this snake-pit mental-asylum thriller, the picture has too many old-movie bits rattling around in it. It’s set in the ’60s and stars Amber Heard (looking out of period) as a fire starter who lands in a ward with half a dozen other demented teenage girls. Basically, this is a ghost story merged with a slasher film and sealed with a Shutter Island twist. But at least Carpenter the spook-meister knows how to goose you. B?

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