In the 1960’s Kristen is sent to a mental institution after burning down a farmhouse. After settling in she finds herself haunted by a strange and dangerous ghost. As the other patients in her section of the hospital begin to disappear Kristen realizes there is something, beside a ghost, that is seriously wrong with the hospital.
Amber Heard (Kristen), Mamie Gummer (Emily), Danielle Panabaker (Sarah), Laura-Leigh (Zoey), Lyndsy Fonseca (Iris), Mika Boorem (Alice), Jared Harris (Stringer), Sali Sayler (Tammy), Susanna Burney (Lundt).
The Ward begins by explaining some of the reasons Kristen is institutionalized but like any good thriller, not all of them. From there the film plops into the plot and things slowly begin to unfold. The film employs most of the great tricks like BOO shots, scary ghosts, mild gore, and mood music but the energy to make it a truly good horror or thriller never materialize. With a nicely done twist at the end the film redeems itself slightly.
Acting was pretty good with Heard delivering a solid performance. Gummer, Panabaker, Leigh and the rest supported well throughout. Harris was a good choice as in his role as Kristen’s doctor.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were also fairly well done with nice detail and good quality. CGI effects were well done and provided some good scary moments in the film. Dialogue was mediocre but again lacked energy. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
Overall The Ward is a decent entry level horror flick that will provide some scares without seriously shocking anyone or bringing much new to the screen. Serious horror fans may find this one lacking a bit, and a bit different from John Carpenter’s usual fare.
With violence, mild nudity, and some disturbing images this one should be fine for older teens and above.
The Ward is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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