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The Ward Reviews

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½ November 3, 2017
What happened to John Carpenter? Just nothing original and unlike previous films the music score is poor. Sad. Hopefully Carpenter will return to form.
½ June 5, 2017
While 'The Ward' does have its fair share of drawbacks, it still proves that John Carpenter knows how to properly construct a horror film. It's a spooky little trip that might have just been a tad out of place, because the only true flaws are in the areas in which Carpenter strays from his usual rhythms in favor of a more contemporary style. Either way, it's still a decent enough little fright flick.
March 30, 2017
Exceptionally good opening sequence and mostly a good movie. there are moements of silliness and whatnot but still fairly enjoyable. Cool twist and plot too (even if it's not super original). Some scares are good, others cliche, Better than most of the horror movies i"ve seen lately but not one of my favorites by a longshot.
March 5, 2017
The most uncharacteristic Carpenter film of all time.The acting was awful, the shots were dull, the camera work was bad, the music was horrible and the twist was so lame. This is not a John Carpenter at all. Amber Heard is terrible.
½ October 16, 2016
Not as bad as you've been led to believe
½ August 31, 2016
Utterly unimpressive psychological thriller that tries really hard to be interesting but just ends up feeling tremendously disappointing. The horror is slow-paced and cliched and the ending is not the shocker it wants to be.
August 8, 2016
While it's not the most original film in the world (I spotted the twist about 1/3 of the way through), it's nice to see him making movies again.
½ July 22, 2016
Dire...appalling script and acting.
June 23, 2016
By the numbers psych-ward schlock.
June 7, 2016
I watched this on Netflix. It was certainly much better than most of the dreck that's passed off as horror these days.
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½ February 21, 2016
Just perceptible that John Carpenter directed it due to its atmosphere and score. Other than that nothing original. A ballsy lead character.
February 18, 2016
It was all fine and making sense until the stupid jump scare at the end ruined everything! I hate endings that are so awful they ruin the whole viewing experience.
January 31, 2016
A horror movie in spite of just being pointless horror, to the copycat extinct psych ward version of '03 "identiy".
½ January 24, 2016
Don't bother. Very dull. A few lame jump scares..
½ January 11, 2016
The Ward is not Carpenter's best, but I also don't think it deserves as much flack as it gets. Is it a masterpiece? No, but it is still a fun (at least to me) throwback to an older style of horror film. 3 1/2 stars
December 29, 2015
The story at first was intriguing, plus anything to do with a mental hospital us usually creepy and eerie so I figured, I'll give this a shot

What is unfortunate though is that Heard isn't very good, she reminds me of Kristen Stewart, with no emotion, just stone faced, trying to fake fear and frustration with no success. Not that the movie was supposed to be believable but her performance made it seem not so scary after all, especially since it was supposed to be more of a psychological thriller. The supporting actresses were great though, like really good

The ending was borderline predictable but decent. It wasn't ridiculous like many others.

Still not the best I've seen but certainly not the worst, just needed a better lead
½ December 13, 2015
Cliched and filled with painfully dated scare tactics that filmmakers should've stopped using over two decades ago.
½ November 28, 2015
John Carpenter knows creepy. This isn't frightening, and the effects are not very good, but it does accomplish the creep factor. I did not glean to the fact revealed at the end (don't want to spoil it for anyone), but I found it more creative than cop-out. Well acted by the beautiful Amber Heard. Plus any movie with Danielle Panabaker in it is given a bump by me :)
½ November 24, 2015
Pretty interesting film .. Not really the scary horror type movie I was expecting. The ghost/demon/whatever looked really cheap and lame.. However the movie is still a good watch.
I have to admit, I wasn't paying attention at the end, and missed the explaining of the twist and had to rewind to watch the part again to understand it. It's a good film, with good acting.
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