John Carpenter’s Full-Length Trailer for ‘The Ward’

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At this past year’s Toronto International Film Festival, legendary horror director John Carpenter made his return to the director’s chair with The Ward, a film about a young woman who is being menaced by a ghost inside of a mental institution. Until The Ward, Carpenter hadn’t directed a film since 2001′s Ghost of Mars.

Today we’ve got the first full-length trailer for the upcoming film.

So, was The Ward a triumphant return to form for the 62-year-old director? Unfortunately, according to early reviews, the answer was no.  The film, which features emerging star Amber Heard alongside Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker, and other young beauties, was criticized for being contrived and (worst of all) not scary.

Perhaps due to the film’s poor critical showing, The Ward has yet to secure distribution rights in the United States. The movie will be distributed in the UK, however, which is why all those who didn’t make it to TIFF finally get to see a good look at the film – thanks to this new trailer.

Check out the full-length trailer for The Ward below, and make up your own mind about whether or not the film looks promising. I’ll throw in my two cents after the trailer.

In my opinion, based on his exceptional track record from the 1970s and 1980s, Carpenter is one of the elite few filmmakers that deserves to be called a “Master of Horror.” I mean, the guy is responsible for Halloween, the archetype for all modern slasher films (and a movie that still freaks me out).

However, there are a few odd choices in the trailer for The Ward. For one thing, there are too many jump scares. If I could decree one movie rule, it might be to require that horror filmmakers can use no more than three jump scares. If you feel worn out by the jump scares in the trailer, it’s easy to imagine you’re probably not going to enjoy them in the movie.

Another thing is the institutional setting itself. Movies with “crazy” characters tend to have predictable twists. I hope this is not the case for The Ward, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Also, I may be biased by the gorgeously realized institutional setting in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch.

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  1. Hmm, yes, this preview is far too heavy on the predictable jump scares – not to mention that the institution setting and the film’s basic premise both seem very cliche.

    Maybe the film itself will be better, but this trailer isn’t very encouraging.

    • Yeah, Shutter Island with young hot chicks and a mysterious killer.



      • LOL Vic!

      • hah

  2. I will be seeing this, I cant tell too much from the preview, maybe it was intended for that purpose.

  3. See. Merc how simple some plots can be.

    They should have called this, “Hubba Bo Tep”

  4. Difficult to tell what’s a jump scare and what are just rapid cuts in this. It could actually be the other way round: the trailer being edited to make up for a lack of legitimate scariness. It’s been nearly thirty years since I truly enjoyed a John Carpenter movie from beginning to end, but I live in hope…

    • Big Dentist, I’m huge fan. He can do NO wrong in my opinion.

      • Same here. I’ve yet to watch a Carpenter movie that wasn’t a classic on some level.

        • Vampires?!

        • Village Of The Damned? Ghosts Of Mars? Really?

      • Agreed. Carpenter gave me In The Mouth Of Madness, my second favourite film of all time, he gets a pass from me every time.

        • I certainly thought that one had its moments, but I’m curious as to why you rate it that much, DrSam. I seem to remember you saying your all-time number one is Lost In Translation – those are really unusual choices. What was it that made In The Mouth Of Madness mean that much to you? Genuinely intrigued!

          • True. They are unusual choices.
            There’s something about In The Mouth Of Madness, Sam Neill is my favourite actor, and the film has a wicked sense of humour, a clever script and a decent supporting cast. I suppose it’s just a desperately clever concept that I latched onto the first time I caught it on tv late one night.
            As for Lost In Translation, to me that film is just perfect. Ultimately it’s about absolutely nothing, just 2 people who meet in a hotel, it’s sweet and funny and wonderfully acted. And any film that’s opening shot is Scarlet Johanssen’s bottom is alright with me.

            • Fair enough!

      • He did no wrong for me up to and including The Thing, which I consider his masterpiece. After that it gets…sketchy!

  5. John Carpenter. Nough’ said. This movie is gonna rock and I can’t wait!

  6. The chick is hot

  7. I haven’t liked any of his movies except for the Thing and Halloween, but if the critics are putting it down i’ll go and see it, just out of sheer perversity.

  8. John used to care about quality horror. This just shows that he doesn’t any longer. He’s lost his touch.

  9. I wasn’t really impressed with the trailer but as you all said it is JC(The Thing scared the crap out of me!) sooo I hope it has a few surprises in it for us to remember why he is the “Master of Horror”

  10. no sir. I don’t like it.

  11. Looks to me like Gothika, but with a bit more action…

  12. Love it, John Mother Fu*kin’ Carpenter………Show some respect. Can’t wait.

  13. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this.. even if it sucks, I can’t wait to see one of the buildings I went to school at and currently work for being used as one of the main set pieces for the movie.

  14. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this.. even if it sucks, I can’t wait to see one of the buildings I went to school at and currently work for being used as one of the main set pieces for the movie.

  15. Carpenter should be directing a sequel to Esacpe from La, but I digress.

    Dark Star, They Live The Thing and Escape from New York are his best films in my collection.