The Ward (2011) 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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$44.0 1 $44.0 B
2.
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3. $16.4 3 $172.1 B+
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5.
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6.
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8.
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9.
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10.
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