By Brett Mullins
Directed by John Carpenter; Written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen
The Ward is a psychological thriller set in the 1960s. Kristen is brought to North Bend Psychiatric Hospital after burning down an abandoned farmhouse. After she is shown her room and night falls, Kristen becomes terrorized by a ghost.
The Ward does not build the strongest atmosphere though plot development and such as one would expect from a John Carpenter film; however, the audience cannot escape the creepiness of the hospital setting. Since the film is set in the 1960s, the characters, design of the buildings, and such are rather similar to Girl, Interrupted.
Jared Harris portrays Dr. Stringer, the head psychiatrist at the hospital. Stringer is reminiscent of Harris’ performance in the Resident Evil series as Dr. Ashford, a determined, albeit mad, scientist. The Ward derives much of its effectiveness from its connections to other films. Besides the films mentioned above, The Ward pulls heavily from other mind bending films to construct its plot.
This film has a few twists and turns and will satisfy the audience. Though the film pulls its elements from related films, it manages to do so in an enjoyable manner that warrants a viewing. Compared to Carpenter’s best, this film is rather sub-par; however, compared to the rest of the horror and thriller genres, it manages to be quite above average.