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The Ward

HD   R Closed Captioning

John Carpenter

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About the Movie

Kristen, early 20’s, wakes to find herself bruised, cut, drugged and held against her will in a remote ward of a psychiatric hospital. She is disoriented and has no idea why she was brought to this place. The other patients, four equally troubled girls, offer no answers and Kristen quickly realizes things are not as they seem. At night, she becomes aware of a ghostly presence. 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 the ghost comes for her too. As she struggles to escape, she will uncover a truth far more dangerous and horrifying than anyone could have imagined.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 70
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 47
  • Average Rating: 4.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Continues the painful decline of a director who seems more nostalgic for past glories than excited about new ideas. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jul 8, 2011

Rotten: "The Ward" is bland shock therapy from the guy who reinvented bloody peek-a-boo with the classic "Halloween." – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jul 8, 2011

Rotten: Feels an awful lot like a low-budget knockoff of Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch." – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 6, 2011

Rotten: Carpenter has made his approximation of a cheap, twisty, shock-filled modern horror movie, and he has lost all but faint sighs of his minimalist swagger in the process. – Scott Tobias, NPR, Jul 8, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Interesting to say the least....

John Carpenter did a decent job on his latest. A well rounded cast, an interesting script, brief nudity and gore of course made this watchable. The Ward has been done before, but its not a bad thing in this films case. It had a classic sense about it, and a decent twist. Rent this for a late night movie when you just want to relax without thinking to much, you wont be dissapointed.

John Carpenter is Back!!

John Carpenter is back and it's like he never left! Beautiful use of the widescreen format, floating camera moves, and terrific build of tension are all here. Terrific acting and a nice twist make it all payoff nicely. John Carpenter's best is The Thing, but this is a solid effort and I hope we don't have to wait 11 years for the next one from this amazing filmmaker. Welcome back Mr. Carpenter!

Marginal at best...

When will the John Carpenter who directed Halloween, The Thing and Prince of Darkness return. We continue to be stuck with the hack, shell of the director who turned out Ghosts of Mars. The Ward is no better. Predictable from the beginning. The last time I checked, we saw a much smarter and more cleverly written and directed version of the movie in John Cusack's Identity. For me this is the final nail in the coffin of a once great director. RIP John Carpenter, you once gave us thrills, shocks and surprises.

The Ward
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2011

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