Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Ward: A lackluster attempt at horror

By: Da'Mon Guy

John Carpenter’s The Ward is a dreadful, inexplicable catastrophe that blurs the lines of reality in a depressing effort to tell the story of a series of eerie murders that occur in a mental institution. The chills are far and few between as it lacks any suspense to be considered a tale of terror. The movie stars Amber Heard (Drive Angry), Mamie Gummer (Twelve Thirty), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), Laura Liegh (Numbers “TV series“), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), and Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

     John Carpenter’s The Ward is a boorish, disappointing chore of viewing that hobbles along as it fails to justify being labeled a horror/suspense film. This lame exhibition occurs in 1966. The story revolves around the unexplained disappearances of some of the patients in a mental institution. It tries to create a level of psychosis within a tale of the supernatural as a ghost appears to be responsible for the mysterious vanishing of the patients. The movie premiered in limited release in the late summer of 2011.

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