John Carpenter hasn't directed a film in 10 years. Thus, I was super excited to see him back in the director's chair. His new film The Ward is set for wide release this weekend and it was previously given an early release OnDemand. The Ward is about a young woman, Kristin (Amber Heard), sent to the loony bin for arson in 1966. As this is set in 1966, electric shock and lobotomies were common place.
That's not the worst of it of course. This is a Carpenter film, so the asylum is haunted and the blood flows from there. Carpenter's specialty is young women in trouble, so what's wrong with this picture? The reviews are pouring in and it's not good. I have a feeling this one won't last in the theaters for long. I'll still watch it because it's Carpenter and he is my favorite master of horror (even if he's fallen down on the job), but I won't pay $8 for the pleasure. Many of the reviews I've read noted that Carpenter is still better than most horror directors and still retains his eye for art direction and ultra smooth style. So this one may be a mixed bag.