Ten years after his last movie (Ghosts of Mars) Mr. John Carpenter returns with just a puff instead of a big bang. But, I guess this is my fault from expecting more from one of my favourite directors.  I have a feeling that Carpenter will have trouble finding his place in modern cinema. Maybe this is a premature judgment from just one movie, but I hope I am wrong. First of all, there is nothing wrong with the directing, camera work or anything else (even the story is quite good), but the problem is mediocrity and a theme that is seen a hundred times before (even recently in a movie ……..). Mental institutions are a source of endless inspiration for filmmakers and Carpenter is no exception, but his twist is that the story is set 1966. This gave him room for some innovative elements that we have not seen, well, in a while. But at the same time, you wonder how 5 hot girls found their way into a mental institution (not to spoil the fun)

Kristen is a troubled young girl (not young young, but young (the more I repeat this word the more it becomes weird)) and after burning some old house, she’s sent to a mental institution. There she will be transferred to a new experimental ward with other four girls (also good looking (well apart from one)) under supervision from Dr. Stringer. Soon she will find out that she’s sleeping in a room that previously belonged to a girl called Tammy, who mysteriously was released from the ward. A veil of silence and awkward looks enshrouds this event, and things will get even weirder when Kristen starts seeing a strange figure in the dark. What happened to Tammy and will Kristen ever get out of The Ward alive are questions that you will find answers in this movie, enjoy…

Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jared Harris

Fun Facts: John Carpenter’s first full-length feature film since Ghosts of Mars, and his first feature not shot in Panavision since his debut Dark Star.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1369706/

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