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 Oct 19 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Fury
Sony
$23.5 1 $23.5 C+
2.
Gone Girl
Fox
$17.8 3 $107.1 A
3. $17.0 1 $17.0 A-
4. $12.0 2 $36.9 B
5.
The Best of Me
Relativity
$10.2 1 $10.2 D
6.
Dracula Untold
Universal
$9.9 2 $40.7 C
7.
The Judge
Warner Bros.
$7.9 2 $26.8 B
8.
Annabelle
Warner Bros.
$7.9 3 $74.1 F
9. $5.4 4 $89.2 D
10. $4.5 5 $90.8 B-
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