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The Ward [DVD] [2011]

Amber Heard , Lyndsy Fonseca , John Carpenter    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MYF6WW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,580 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent return for Carpenter 21 April 2011
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sectioned! 11 Oct 2011
By Stotty
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it 15 July 2014
John carpenter delivers in this one. A young girl gets sent to a nutty ward where she learns spooky going ins happening. Good film and good acting with a great twist at the end! Worth having
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different! 30 July 2013
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To say that this film was unusual is putting it mildly!I have never seen a film like this one! It was a completely different horror that has to be seen to be believed! I would recommend this to anyone who wants something completely different! Go for it-you will like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its best 5 Mar 2013
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..CLASSIC CARPENTER..GOOD TWIST.." 27 April 2012
This is a great return to horror for John Carpenter this is his first full feature film since ghosts of mars in 2001. The ward is a step into what Carpenter is good at with a quality story full of mystery and scares and a quality twist at the end that you wont see coming!! The cast is great Amber heard is lovely as always and a great actress and plays the lead role very well, the supporting cast is great too Danielle panabaker is brilliant and sexy as always, This is not a gore slasher horror but it has its bloody moments, its more of a psychological horror. If your a Carpenter fan then check it out its a cool fun film as I said with a quality twist that makes you think back!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ward! 22 April 2011
By zachary
The ward is a really good horror movie, it is about 5 girls in an institution and 4 of the girls have been there a while and one of the girls kristen has just got there, and the girls have a secret there not telling kristen and as she finds out the girls go missing one by one by this ghost type thing. It is a very good movie and had a few jump scenes so i would reccomend this movie to anyone who likes a good horror movie. im buying it as soons as its out!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice comeback from John Carpenter. 19 Jun 2011
It's been almost a decade since director John Carpenter has applied his talents to a cinematic feature, the big screen has been poorer for his absence and considering the generally poor quality of some horror films these days (too many remakes), there's an opportunity for Carpenter to really make a resurgence. The driving force behind such films as Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween and the classic horror film The Thing, Carpenter has been oddly quiet since the dreadful Ghosts Of Mars, the 2001 misfire starring Natasha Henstridge and Ice Cube. When it was announced that Carpenter was returning to feature directing with the supernatural thriller The Ward, I was both thrilled and anxious. Could the former master of horror cinema regain his creative muse in the new millennium? Early signs are encouraging. In an eerie, well-shot opening scene that both looks and sounds like Dario Argento's Suspiria, we're treated to prowling shots of an under lit mental hospital, the flickering light from a thunderstorm playing off peeling paint and the scratched patina of laminated furniture. It's a great shot with brilliant atmosphere that shows us that Carpenter still has it.

We're then treated to something that has become increasingly rare in modern cinema: a protracted, artfully designed opening credits sequence. This one, which juxtaposes woodcut prints and photographs with splintered glass and provides a welcome gateway to Carpenter's film, establishing its sombre mood and its themes of madness and paranoia. When the words 'John Carpenter's The Ward' flash across the screen, in the same white out of black type the director has used since Halloween, the message appears to be: the Carpenter we once knew is back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bloody good
bloody good
Published 12 days ago by s. miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 19 days ago by Auguste Luys
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Movie
Not exactly scary, and somewhat confusing end. It's an OK movie and Amber Heard is easy on the eye, but found it lacking in suspense.
Published 3 months ago by Des Christian
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't converse with loonies....
Kristen is captured by the police after burning down a farmhouse and is locked in the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital.

She is introduced to Dr. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars I love scary movies like this!!!
I love all things scary and this movie really gets me - the blood and gore turns me on ! it's not for the fainthearted, but if you love ghoulish asylums and frightening ghosts... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
John Carpenter, what else can you say. Great movie had to buy a copy, one to watch again and again.
Published 8 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
This is a very good film and will keep you hooked till they end of they film, a real Just,
Published 8 months ago by suegti
3.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter's newest movie does not disappoint
(I vaguely touch on some spoilers)

I really enjoyed this movie both times I watched it. It's not a classic, if anything in the Carpenter canon it's just below average. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Moncrieff
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror Flick
A good old fashioned horror with the sensational Amber Heard as the main attraction. A good plot, well written and directed which should produce lots of screams and excitement!
Published 9 months ago by graham hendry
4.0 out of 5 stars The ward blu ray
I enjoyed this, you start off thinking something is terrorising the young woman in the ward but it turns out that the main character has multiple personalities as a result of a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Wilson
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