The Ward 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… The Ward 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… 2011-07-08 R PT88M Horror Mystery and Thriller Jared Harris Amber Heard Arc Entertainment
Movie Review

The Ward (2011)

MPAA Rating: R
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
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Jul 08, 2011; Rated: R; Length: 88 Minutes; Genres: Horror, Mystery and Thriller; With: Jared Harris and Amber Heard; 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–

Originally posted Jun 29, 2011 Published in issue #1162-1163 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
As Above, So Below
Universal
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
Relativity
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions