John Carpenter’s The Ward Trailer

Echo Lake Productions has released the full movie trailer for John Carpenter‘s return to horror — The Ward.

Many of you know, Carpenter is a celebrated filmmaker who frequently has worked in the sci-fi and horror genres. He is one of the brand name filmmakers from the 1970′s-80′s. His filmography includes Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Starman, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, many of which have already been remade or are currently in development for a big screen redo. Carptener’s career hit a slump in the 1990′s with films like Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Village of the Damned, Escape from LA, Vampire$ and. Ghosts of Mars. Carpenter has not made a feature film in almost nine years. But don’t get too excited. It’s rare that I walk out of a movie theater angry, but this is what happened at the Toronto Film Festival screening of the film.

The story follows a young woman (played by Amber Heard) who is institutionalized after apparently setting fire to a house. Once inside “the ward,” Kristen becomes terrorized by a ghost of a former patient. The plot is beyond derivative, and functions only so that Carpenter can serve unexplained jump scares at the audience (shocking reveals with loud musical cues). The film is shot in a more old-fashioned approach, which comes off more stilted than nostalgic. But who knows, the film might have worked a lot better in the 1980′s. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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What is a trailer intro? Well, it is better than ‘announcement teaser,’ but not quite a full trailer. In this case, it looks like the first half of a trailer for the new film The Ward, starring Amber Heard, Jared Harris and Lyndsy Fonseca. Most times, I’d just wait for the full trailer to appear online, but this is a slightly special case, because The Ward is the first new theatrical feature from John Carpenter since 2001′s Ghosts of Mars. Will this be better than that last effort? Hit the break to get a slight indication one way or the other. Read More »

TIFF Movie Review: John Carpenter’s The Ward

John Carpenter is a celebrated filmmaker who frequently has worked in the sci-fi and horror genres. He is one of the brand name filmmakers from the 1970′s-80′s. His filmography includes Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Starman, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, many of which have already been remade or are currently in development for a big screen redo. Carptener’s career hit a slump in the 1990′s with films like Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Village of the Damned, Escape from LA, Vampire$ and. Ghosts of Mars. Carpenter has not made a feature film in almost nine years.

This year at the Toronto International Film Festival, Carpenter makes his return to the big screen with a film called The Ward. Does this mark a triumphant return for Carpenter? Unfortunately not.
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We’ve got a bunch of new images for you guys to check out. Above you’ll find a pic from John Carpenter‘s long-awaited return to film, The Ward, which marks his first movie since 2001′s Ghosts of Mars. The film is set to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival as one of the nine entries for its Midnight Madness lineup. The film stars Amber Heard as a young woman in a 1960s mental institution who becomes terrorized by malevolent unseen forces.

After the break you’ll find another pic from The Ward, as well as images from Will Ferrell‘s latest, and an early look at the Tron Legacy comic book. Read More »

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Last night we got a brief preview of some of the films that will appear in the always-entertaining Midnight Madness lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now we’ve got the full nine, which in addition to the three announced last night (Super, Bunraku and The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman) include John Carpenter‘s The Ward, Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street and Insidious, by James Wan.

But TIFF isn’t stopping there: a whole host of other high-profile films were announced for the fest today. They include Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter, Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here, Matt ReevesLet Me In, Dustin Lance Black‘s directorial debut What’s Wrong With Virginia? and the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, along with confirmation of Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours, for which there’s a new photo. (Above.) This year’s TIFF looks like a good one: check info about all the films after the break. Read More »

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Weekend Weirdness’ favorite J.C. directed a nearly three hour epic about The King starring his main man Snake Plissken, and yet the film was at risk of being forgotten by younger generations. How could this occur when the movie in question, John Carpenter‘s Elvis, is arguably a better country music biopic than Walk the Line, and exudes an unpretentious but fetching style reminiscent of Hal Ashby’s Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory? Well, until this week, Elvis wasn’t available on DVD, and the film’s prior home video presence was spotty at best.

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