'The Ward' takes place in 1966, and follows the beautiful Kristen (Amber Heard) who after mysteriously setting fire to a farmhouse, is committed to a local psych ward. Populated by only female patients, Kristen's presence immediately seems to upset the tight knit group of young women who have all apparently been in there for quite some time. It's also not long after her arrival that we become witness to some strange goings on--there's something evil lurking around! Is it a real ghoul? Is it all in her head? Is it some sort of sick experiment from the drugs being administered by the seemingly nice resident doctor? Is this a collection of storylines we've seen from dozens of horror movies in the past? It's so derivative, so unoriginal, so familiar, and so very boring.
If I hadn't known before hand that this was a John Carpenter movie, the same guy who brought us 'Halloween', 'The Thing', and 'Escape From New York' (just to name a few), I would never have guessed that he was responsible for this stink bomb. He didn't appear to have much of a hand in the writing process, nor did he compose the musical score so in the end it feels workmanlike which is not a word I thought I'd ever use to describe his films. If he can't regain his passion for filmmaking, that's fine, he's made some classics over the years and has more than earned time to take it easy playing X-Box, if that's what he's interested in now. I just hope that if he does decide to get back into the directing game, he spares us from dreck like 'The Ward' in the future.