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  • Actors: Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MYF6WW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,357 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

John Carpenter's The Ward, a psychological thriller about a young woman locked in a mysterious mental institution in the 1960s, marks iconic horror master John Carpenter's first feature film in over seven years.

Kristen (Amber Heard), a beautiful but troubled young woman, finds herself bruised, cut, drugged, and held against her will in a remote ward of a psychiatric hospital. She is completely disoriented, with no idea why she was brought to this place and no memory of her life before being admitted. All she knows is that she isn't safe.

The other patients in the ward--four equally disturbed young women--offer no answers, and Kristen quickly realizes things are not as they seem. The air is heavy with secrets, and at night, when the hospital is dark and foreboding, she hears strange and frightening sounds. It appears they are not alone.

One-by-one, the other girls begin to disappear and Kristen must find a way out of this hellish place before she, too, becomes a victim. As she struggles to escape, she will uncover a truth far more dangerous and horrifying than anyone could have imagined.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stotty on 11 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
I'm a massive John Carpenter fan and I only found out that 'The Ward' was out at the cinema by accident.
It's been a hell of a long wait for a new movie since 'Ghosts of Mars' but I think that 'The Ward' is just about worth it. The cinema I watched it in was only half full, which made it a perfect atmosphere for me.
Ok, there's nothing new or original about the storyline, but an auteur like Carpenter can take a low budget and simple script and turn it into something that is still far better than most higher profile, bigger budget horror movies out there.
The tried and tested steadycams are still in operation as well as those red herring/jump out of the seat moments that Carpenter does better than anyone else.
I think that the young actresses playing the ward patients are actually very good and Amber Heard is a decent stoic heroine in the Jamie Lee Curtis/Sigourney Weaver mold.
The ending is a touch predictable, but I still think that 'The Ward' stands head and shoulders above the majority of horror films one may watch in 2010/2011 as it doesn't rely on gore or other gross effects, just to shock an audience.
It's credit to John Carpenter's skill as a director that using simple techniques such as lighting, camerawork and suspense still make for a more than satisfactory chiller and all in all, 'The Ward' is a good addition to John Carpenter's already considerable cannon.
I just hope that Carpenter fans like myself aren't kept waiting another 10 years for the next one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael J. Atkins on 5 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
This film starts out as something you assume and ends up elsewhere. Brilliant camera shots and editing. The film theme has been copied but if I tell you it will spoil the surprise. A great film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2015
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After a gap of nine years, horror legend John Carpenter returned to the movie screen directors chair for this solid if unspectacular horror movie. Though some of the critical reactions to it stink of an over expectation for a return to his former glories, the plain fact is that it's just safe horror film making.

Plot finds Amber Heard (The Stepfather/All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) as troubled arsonist Kristen. Shunted into a mental institution post haste, Kristen finds herself menaced by a violent ghost that seems intent on ridding the ward of all its female inhabitants.

And there you have it, a bunch of hopelessly pretty girls (seriously, are all institutionalised girls good looking babes?) are stalked and killed by a female spirit who is dressed up in poor rubbery make up. The odd boo-jump comes and goes, making it not a complete dead loss on the scare front, while the cast are solid in performances and Carpenter shows some trade mark camera techniques to make certain scenes pulse with anxiety. It then hurries along to the big reveal, which sadly disappoints because it just comes off as something done far better in horror/thriller films previously. It was easy money for Carpenter, and us acolytes don't begrudge him that, while it isn't the embarrassment some have made it out to be, but it is average fare and not a great way for JC to bow out from horror movie making, director wise. 6/10
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Everlasting on 21 April 2011
Format: DVD
After 10 years away from the big screen it was great to get to the cinema to see a limited release of The Ward. I enjoyed it a lot and with the lights off there's a few moments that will make you jump - even scenes that aren't meant to be scary! The dialogue is a little wooden at times but it's beautifully shot by Carpenter and fans will appreciate what he has done on a small budget. People keep moaning about the ending being like this or that but what is "original" these days? Everything has been done. I had no idea how it would turn out and it was a nice surprise and ending for me personally. It's not the huge return we'd like to see from such a great director but it's a decent return and a good little movie that is just about the perfect length for such a film at 88 minutes. 4 / 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
'John Carpenter' has, down the years been associated with the making of some memorable 'movies', great to see that he's still got the 'knack' of bringing a shock' or two to the screen.
this film tells of 'Kirsten'(Amber Heard) and her inter-actions with a small collection of patients on a ward in a psychiatric hospital.
However, all is not as it seems, horror is on the menu, as an apparently deformed former patient 'Alice'(Mika Boorem) deals out her revenge on those that had harmed her ?
Pretty 'tense' stuff with a few 'shock' moments along the way.....worth a spin.
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What happens when John Carpenter watches a back-to back movie marathon of Girl Interrupted, The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' The Terminator and Shutter Island and decides to plagiarise all the worst elements of those movies whilst at the same time thinking what they all lacked was a vengeful rotting zombie. The plot, such as it is has a regular girl committed (Girl Interrupted) to a 60's rambling institutional asylum/Overlook Hotel that still practices electro-convulsive therapy (The Shining) where she meets a group of other girls (Girl Interrupted) Spoiler Alert: who turn out to be her own multiple personalities, whilst she searches for the missing girl who's place she has taken (Shutter Island). As she tries to make her escape (The Terminator) from the Nurse Ratchett type ward sister (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) the useless psychiatrist stands by and does nothing (The Terminator). Spoiler Alert: Shock Horror as the laughably Zombie type ghost killer, literally grunting, Grrr, Grrr, turns out to be one of her personalities, you'll be mildly bemused by the poor makeup, as the cheap zombie gloves from the local joke shop don't even fit properly and more likely to make you scream "Run for the Hills, Sarah Jessica Parker is making a comeback". I would apologise for spoiling the ending, but you'll have switched off (mentally, or in reality) long before the latest incarnation comes out of the mirror to get at the now 'cured' heroine .... whoops!
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