Some may say the better days of horror pioneer John Carpenter (“Halloween”) are behind him. From the domestic trailer for The Ward it’s hard to say whether he’s returned to form or not (early festival reviews are a mixed bag) but it is good to at least see him in the director’s chair again, back from a nine year hiatus. And even if The Ward, a movie about a girl terrorized by a ghoulish entity in a mental institution, doesn’t solidify Carpenter’s comeback to the tops of the horror pile, it does offer up Amber Heard in a shower scene, which, if you’ve seen “Drive Angry,” may alone be the price of admission.
The Ward stars Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Harris, Mamie Gummer and Mika Boorem.
The Ward creeps into UK theaters on January 21, 2011 and US theaters on July 8, 2011.