John Carpenter made an eagerly-awaited return to horror last year when he directed "The Ward," starring Amber Heard and Lyndsy Fonseca.
"The Ward" debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year to mixed reviews, but hasn't gotten a U.S. release date yet. We have yet to even get an official trailer.
However, an incomplete trailer has appeared on YouTube. It cuts off just as things are getting really scary (which might encourage more of you to watch it!), but shows just enough to make us curious.
Kristen (Heard) is a young woman who apparently enjoyed a bit of pyromania before being committed to an asylum. But she doesn't seem to remember anything or really know why she's there. The other girls in the ward (all young and pretty) are edgy and full of ominous warnings. Will Kristen disappear like so many other young girls have? And just what is watching her in the shower ...?
While the TIFF '10 reviews claimed the film was uneven and a bit disappointing, everyone was full of praise for Heard and Fonseca's performances. Solid acting is not necessarily what one expects from a horror film, so Heard getting some special marks from critics means a lot. Even in the trailer, she's an appealing and shivering bundle of terror and confusion, and could definitely anchor "The Ward."
Let's hope we get a release date for the film soon, so we can find out just why she is so scared and lost.