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Official Synopsis Gives Peak At 'The Ward'

John Carpenter returns to the directing chair after long break

An official synopsis and an early promotional poster of John Carpenter's new horror film The Ward was released this week.

With such classics as Halloween and The Thing on his mantle, Carpenter returns after an eight year break following his 2001 flick Ghosts of Mars.

'The Ward' is the kind of script that I've been looking for: a complex, visceral story, full of suspense and scares, Carpenter told the Hollywood Reporter in early 2009. I am especially pleased to be working with Amber [Heard] because I know she will create a powerful central performance.

The film stars Heard ("All the Boys Love Mandy Lane"), Jared Harris ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Mamie Gummer ("Taking Woodstock"), Lyndsy Fonseca ("Kick-Ass") and Danielle Panabaker (2009's "Friday the 13th").


"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.

The Ward was scripted by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. Echo Lake Entertainment and Peter Blocks film company Bigger Boat are producing and financing.

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Bryant L. Griffin is managing editor for Airlock Alpha, 1701News and Rabid Doll, and a writer for the entire GenreNexus network. He works at a major-metro newspaper and served as a journalist in the U.S. Army. In 2002, he joined Nexus Media Group Inc., contributing to many early design concepts before shifting his focus back to writing. Bryant hails from Tampa, Fla.
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