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 Dec 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $24.5 1 $24.5 B
2. $13.2 4 $277.4 B-
3. $7.3 3 $58.8 C-
4.
Top Five
Paramount
$7.2 1 $7.2 A-
5.
Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.1 6 $185.3 B+
6.
Interstellar
Paramount
$5.5 6 $166.8 B-
7.
Horrible Bosses 2
Warner Bros.
$4.6 3 $43.6 B-
8.
Dumb and Dumber To
Universal
$2.8 5 $82.1 C-
9. $2.5 6 $17.1 B+
10.
Wild
Fox
$1.5 2 $2.4 A-
* in millions

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