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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 03.29.11] movie news horror video

As soon as I saw that unmistakably Carpenter-esque all white title card reading "John Carpenter's The Ward" pop onto the screen in these opening credits I went all goosbumpy with fanboy geekery. It's like that classic typeface was saying "yeah, I know the film has been getting middling reviews, but it doesn't matter because this is a John Carpenter movie so you fucking pay attention, see." And I said yes, sir.

I don't know who is responsible for this title sequence, but I like it. The music is classic breathy girl voices creepy and the imagery tells me that insanity plays a major role.

The Ward is an intense psychological thriller set in a mental institution where a young woman, Kristen, is haunted by a mysterious and deadly ghost. As danger creeps closer, she comes to realize that this ghost might be darker than she could have imagined.

Kristen, who is in her early 20's, wakes to find herself bruised, cut, drugged, and held against her will in a remote ward of Chamberlain Psychiatric Hospital. She is completely disoriented with no idea why she was brought to this place and no memory of her life.

The other patients in the ward, four equally troubled girls, offer no answers, and Kristen quickly realizes things are not as they seem. The air is heavy with secrets, and at night, when the hospital is dark and foreboding, she hears strange and disturbing sounds. It appears they are not alone.

One by one the girls disappear, and Kristen must find a way out of this hellish place before the ghost comes for her, too. As she struggles to escape, she will uncover a truth far more dangerous and horrifying than anyone could have imagined.

In case you missed it here is the trailer for John Carpenter's The Ward.

Watch The Ward's creepy opening credits (via: DC) after the break.

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skullan (11 years ago) Reply

Didn't really find it creepy. In some places it was artistically beautiful, but never left me with a creep factor.

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