John Carpenter’s Return to Film: The Ward

John Carpenter, a master of the horror movie and personal favorite director of mine, is returning to the big screen for the first time since the underwhelming Ghosts of Mars in 2001.  His new film is titled The Ward, and while it’s already out in the U.K., it premiers in the U.S. in April.

No spoilers here, which would be difficult since I haven’t seen the film yet, but I will discuss a bit about the plot.  The story focuses on Kristen, a troubled young woman institutionalized in the 1960s.  She encounters a ghostly presence in the hospital, and her compatriots begin to vanish, leaving her to solve the mystery before it’s too late.

It’s a pretty simple plot, nothing too outrageous, but it’s quite fitting for Carpenter, who has always been a fan of Lovecraft, to have a story set in an insane asylum.  I’m looking forward to seeing this when it comes out, and I hope Carpenter has included his trademark soundtrack work for the movie.

Amber Heard as Kristen in John Carpenters The Ward

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