For this ‘Ten Years On’ post we take a look back at “The Ward”.
As a huge fan of Carpenter’s film I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was for this film.
The last we’d seen of Carpenter before this was nine years before with the divisive “Ghost Of Mars”, the film was slated upon its release but have since gained some fans over the years. Despite this fans were clamouring for a return of one of Horrors most beloved Directors, so news of a new film was greeted with joy.
I was that excited for this feature that I booked tickets to see it on opening night at my local cinema, I wasn’t going to miss out on seeing the return of John Carpenter on the big screen. Unfortunately for me, no matter how excited I was, the film did absolutely nothing for me. I later found out that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way.
I remember walking out of the cinema just feeling deflated, it wasn’t that the film was that bad, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I felt like I’d seen it all before, it was nothing new, it was just a run of the mill Horror film. To me there weren’t any of the things you expect from a Carpenter film.
For this post I re-watched the film again, just to see if watching it all these years later had changed my perception of it. Sadly that just wasn’t the case, again it was just a Horror film that even ten years ago was nothing original. The horrible CGI didn’t help it either and Carpenter hasn’t directed anything again since.
So for me, ten years on, “The Ward” sadly still remains a disappointment.