First Footage of John Carpenter’s ‘The Ward’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:27 am,

the ward header First Footage of John Carpenters The Ward

Director and horror icon, John Carpenter, is finally back behind the camera where he rightfully belongs, filming his next horror/thriller film The Ward. It’s been a long drought for fans of his Carpenter’s stylings; the last film he directed was 2001 sci-fi horror flop film Ghosts of Mars (still scratching my head as to why he went with Ice Cube for the lead). If you want to go back to his last GOOD horror film, then you’ll need to reach back a few more years to 1998 and the fantastic movie Vampires with the ever popular James Woods.

The Ward has a fairly interesting female cast with Amber Heard (Zombieland), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine) and newcomer Sali Sayler all confined to a psychiatric hospital where Heard has just been committed. Fringe guest-star Jared Harris rounds out the cast as Dr. Stringer, who most likely is the cause of much mental and physical anguish in The Ward. While there, Kristen (Heard) meets other girls in the ward who have their own sets of problems and eventually discovers a mysterious girl who haunts the halls while everyone sleeps.

Our friends over at Bloody Disgusting pointed us to the French station Canal Plus for an exclusive look at the first eighteen seconds of footage released to the public. Be aware though, it’s all in French, so unless vous parlez français, then you’ll need to check out our video below:

The Ward is written by the brothers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, who are still green to the world of cinema having only one other film to their credit, Dark Feed, which hasn’t finished production yet. Brand new writers could either be a good thing because they haven’t been tainted by some of the mediocrity in Hollywood and will try to their absolute best for their first outing. However, it could very well turn out to be a bad thing because, well, they are still new and learning and that could show in their script. Either way, with Carpenter directing, The Ward should at least be entertaining (just forget Ghosts of Mars ever existed).

The first part of the footage above is a tad chilling and did you SEE the size of those needles??? I’d be screaming like a little girl too.

So, what do you think of the footage and premise of The Ward? Does it excite you to know that John Carpenter is helming this project?

You will be committed to The Ward in 2010.

Source: Bloody Disgusting, Canal Plus

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  1. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this. Other than being a Carpenter fan, part of this movie was filmed a couple weeks ago at the university that I work at. They converted one of our old administration buildings into the lobby of the “Ward”. A big chunk of it was also filmed at the psychiatric hospital less than 10 miles from where I live, see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~asylums/medlake_wa/index.html. Right when I got off work I decided to do a little snooping. I found a door that wasn’t being guarded but was covered with black paper. When I opened it i was standing about 4 feet from Carpenter himself, facing away from me, arms up in the air, appearing to be framing a shot from one of the entrances! Looked pretty cool what they were doing and I’m stoked to see the end product!!

  2. @Dana

    That’s very cool!

    Vic

  3. So is this going to be another “realistic” first person camera type of movie?

  4. Don’t think so ogb. I’m pretty sure that was just a piece of raw footage. There has been no mention up to this point that I know of that Carpenter is going that direction.

  5. A bit of a relief.

    After Carpenter’s last few movies, it’s been hard to be his fan and defending him.

    I really do hope he makes a comeback and sticks with what he knows and doesn’t try to emulate some of the recent horror-movie fads.

  6. cool

  7. Yeah even though there were passable moments in his Invisible Man movie and his Village of the Damned remake…. IMHO Carpenter hasn’t made a good movie since Big Trouble in 85

    Vampires was a huge letdown – just wasn’t that great – but at least it wasn’t as bad as the book it was based on lol

    Don’t ask me what he was after with the Ghosts of Mars……

    I hope this new flick would be good but he has lost his mojo for me…..

    • What are you talking about? They Live (1988) was one of his best ever films!!!

  8. I very excited for this. I’ve been a big Carpenter fan all my life, with Halloween becoming an Oct.31st tradition and Escape From New York being a personal favorite. I’m hoping this movie can revive his stellar career. Maybe we’ll see Kurt Russell as Snake again.

  9. After watching ‘The Thing’ back in ’82 this guy could do a cooking show and I’d still be a fan. Period.

    “Where were you, Childs?”

  10. I thought Carpenter was on a resporator by now,,,!

    I’m totally going to see this one!!!

    :-)

  11. We’re all rooting for you John, please don’t let us down!!!
    Another poster on here hit the nail on the head when he
    said that he hopes Carpenter sticks to what he knows and
    doesn’t try to emulate some recent (lame I might add) horror
    trend. John Carpenter – you are better than anything out there
    and everything out there wishes it was you anyway so please
    LEAD, don’t FOLLOW! 8)

  12. Carpenter really has made some kick ass films! He’s up there with Cameron and Spielberg!!!

    The Escape from Ny/La films, The Thing, They Live, Dark Star, are classics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Keep going John! your awesome!!!
    I’m seeing this hands down,,, :-)

  13. Stop disrespecting Ghosts of Mars. It had a great cast including Jason Statham and Pam Grier, awesome music from Buckethead and Anthrax, and John C in his Western element.

    Was it low budget? Yeah. Did it still kick ass? HELL yes. So stop whining. Ten years from now you idiots will be calling it a classic, JUST like The Thing.

  14. Yeah so Ghosts Of Mars was very entertaining. I don't see why people are bashing it. I am deff. looking forward to this film. As a horror film student and a ghost hunter. Visit the site: http://www.ipra-team.us

  15. Yeah so Ghosts Of Mars was very entertaining. I don't see why people are bashing it. I am deff. looking forward to this film. As a horror film student and a ghost hunter. Visit the site: http://www.ipra-team.us

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