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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Guest Review Post -- Tyler from

Here's a guest post from Tyler (FunwithHorror) on John Carpenter's The Ward! He's one of the coolest horror bloggers I know! Enjoy!

John Carpenter's 'The Ward' is the tale of Kristen, a troubled young woman who can't seem to behave herself. Kristen finds herself a guest of the Oregon Mental Health System. Not sure how she got there or why, Kristen struggles to fit in. Once situated, she attempts to find out what's behind her memory loss. Compounding her troubles, Kristen finds that she and several other female patients are being tormented by a vengeful spirit. As the young ladies grow closer to discovering the origin of the rancorous specter, they grow closer to a premature demise.

I liked The Ward. It's not without its flaws but it's not a bad movie. The effects are well done. The cast, led by Amber Heard, was well chosen. John Carpenter provides keen direction. The premise, although not terribly original, plays out nicely. My only real complaints are the ending, which has been done before, and an overall lack of originality. John Carpenter didn't pen the script, so I cannot blame him for the film's shortcomings. For those, I blame Michael and Sean Rasmussen, who did write the script.

Overall, it's a good watch. It was a thrill to see something new from John Carpenter, even if he didn't pen the script. Also, scream queen Amber Heard turned in a very enjoyable performance. It's not a perfect film, but The Ward is worth ninety minutes of your time. It's more thrilling than gory, so it will appeal to more than just the genre enthusiast. If you haven't seen it, take a look. It's currently available to stream on Netflix.

Thanks for the review, Tyler!!

Don't forget to check out Tyler over at FunwithHorror, you'll have a horrific time !!!


  1. I've always wanted to see this movie but didn't know it was worth my time. Good thing I read this review cause I now know that I really want to see it. :D

  2. Thanks for checking it out, Jenny. P.S. I love your site!

  3. I really enjoyed this one too. Like you said, it's not perfect, but plenty worthy of a look if you have Netflix Watch Instantly.

  4. Definitely. It's just nice to see something new from John Carpenter.

  5. Amber Heard has quickly turned into one of my favorite actresses. She's so underrated.

  6. @msmariah I love her, too. she seems so personable.

  7. Good stuff. I enjoyed seeing Carpenter do his thing again, but wished it had a more original script and concept. Heres hoping he has some faith in himself and writes the next one himself. He actually brought it, direction-wise!

  8. @Kyle. I totally agree. It's high time John Carpenter wrote something new.