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Poster for John Carpenter's THE WARD hits!

Hey folks, Harry here...  On my FB stream I saw that House of Horrors had posted the new one sheet for John Carpenter's THE WARD, which garnered pretty good word of mouth at Toronto last year.   I'm dying to see the film.  Oh, that's right, it is opening right smack in the middle of the summer, July 8th.   I can't believe that I get a new John Carpenter flick this summer!  Here's the poster:


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  • May 21, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Please be good...

    by emjoi_gently

    I would love JC to get his Mojo back.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST


    by googamooga


  • May 21, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by Jaster

    This is his first film in what, 8 years or something? Ya gotta wonder what's been going through his mind all this time. Is he just as baffled as the rest of us why his stuff went off a cliff starting with Village of the Damned? I don't want his films to suck. I want them to rule like they did when I was a kid.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by byronical

    Asylum + Carpenter = the potential for a good flick!

  • May 21, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    nice poster

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    a cast i never heard of. a favorite drector. intriguing.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    It's fucking good!

    by wuher da brewer

    I got to see it play back in April. It sucks it didn't have a broad theatrical release. It was so much better than Insidious. It has a lot of similarities to Sucker Punch, but doesn't suck.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    word on the street is it sucks

    by Billy_D_Williams

    not surprising considering Carpenter is more interested in being a human chimney that plays video games than making movies...the guy directs from his trailer now

  • May 21, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Wrong, viggeo_morgenstein...

    by googamooga

    If you'll view the body of my message, you'll see I predicted my failure long before you noticed it.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    See it for yourself Billy_d

    by wuher da brewer

    Everyone at the theater I saw it at was most appreciative of what they saw. There was even applause after it played, and no, the filmmakers weren't in attendance.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Saw it as a film festival in Philadelphia...

    by Bullet_time_Facehugger

    Word is its going direct to video, or at least VOD. Don't expect it to be a lot of places on July 8th...

  • May 21, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Should Be Called 'DRAG ME TO SHOCK THERAPY'

    by frakthetoasters

    that's what the poster looks like....

  • May 21, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    The Ward Review..

    by cool

    .. was already up on last month

  • May 21, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    And also the X-Men First Class Review

    by cool

    .. is up on

  • May 21, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm, Amber Heard.....

    by Tarijeno


  • May 21, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Trust me guys, I already caught two advanced screenings

    by GuyRitchieRocks

    This movie is vintage Carpenter, to the max, full throttle! Believe me, there is more hard core thrills in this film, than in The Thing, Carrie and The Fog combined! There is noone like the king and on July 8th you will be scared beyond belief. Peace.

  • May 21, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Carpenter's face is now scarier than that poster

    by john

    Hoping for a return to form nevertheless!

  • May 22, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    A rip-off of Drag me to Hell

    by schulzcreative

    @ frakthetoasters: No kidding

  • May 22, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    "master of shock"

    by PJoseph

    clearly, whoever that blurb is attributed to doesn't know the films of JC or his history.

  • May 22, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    FINALLY !!

    by MattHooper

    I didn't think it would ever see the light of day. Now if we can only get Joe Dante's pic "The Hole" in theaters.

  • May 22, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST


    by KHjLL

    Would love to see JOHN CARPENTER make a period WESTERN who knows maybe someday one I wrote...

  • May 22, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Can't wait...

    by KHjLL

  • May 22, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Very seventies poster

    by Nerd Rage

    Hopefully this will be a return to form for Carpenter.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    saw it at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival..

    by mr_tough_guy

    ...and it was crap, it was the surpise movie, so I didn't know what it was going in, but boy was it terrible, and you could feel the entire audience felt the same. He was really just going through the motions, nothing you havn't seen before and nothing that hasn't been done better. Real shame as I was looking forward to Carpenter coming back to gameform

  • May 22, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    No Carpenter score alas...

    by scrote

    ..the stuff by Nick whatsisname is fucking awful. Want this to be good but I've an awful feeling that JC's long since lost his mojo and doesn't care that much. The high point of his career since the mid-90's has been the TV feature Cigarette Burns. Such a shame...

  • May 22, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Dear John...

    by nightmute

    Such a shame about Carpenter. We are witnessing the decline of another former master of genre cinema. His high point has to be The Thing, although there were some surprising flashes of magic with Starman and Big Trouble, and even Memoirs of an Invisible Man--which is not a good film, but does always entertain me when I watch it. Perhaps Mouth of Madness can be counted as his last worthwhile horror film, although it's more a collection of memorable moments than a cohesive whole. Vampires was terrible, and felt like an out of touch film-maker trying to be cool. Ghosts of Mars was painfully bad. Then there's the Carpenter who cheerfully allows his classics to be remade. The fact that he doesn't care just bothers me. I know that film-making is all about the money, and Carpenter is getting paid for the remakes, but considering his reputation--or former reputation--and that amazing back catalogue, could he not have steered the new versions along a better path? If I had Halloween, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 and The Thing on my resume, I'd be thinking of ways to legitimately bring them back for a new audience by trying to involve the best film-making talent around instead of watching them become pointless cash-ins. Imagine The Fog directed by a real modern talent. Imagine The Thing as a true sequel rather than this remake/reboot/prequel garbage we're going to get. What a fucking waste.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Glad Carpenter's back...

    by crider hopefully my dream will come true of a Carpenter bluray collection of all his movies with commentary by him, Kurt Russell, Keith David and Dennis Dun. Not to mention a special disc with all his music, someone make this happen.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    I watdhed this movie on ITunes

    by drunkenmonkey73

    its a great little movie with plenty of shocks the story has been done before I Spoiler:If you have seen identity with John Cussack its exactly the same idea except a different location: Nevertheless its movie well worth watching:

  • May 22, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    big carpenter fan, but the ward was a load of shit

    by therootstheroots

    shit twist ending. just generally straight to dvd fare. such terrible nonsense from a film maker who should know better.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Here's hoping that Ward would be JC's comeback.

    by Stalkeye

    At this stage, it's pretty difficult for John to recapture the "magic" as he did back in the day. (courtesy of classics like EFNY,The Thing,Halloween,AoP13,etc.) Being that he is one of my all time favorite Directors (Even moreso that the other "JC".*wink*) I really wish him good luck with this film as well as the upcoming FPS F.3.A.R. And if it is a sucess, reunite with Kurt (Russell) to finish the 3rd escape installment. You owe it to us, John!

  • May 22, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Reminds me of Drag Me To Hell

    by elsewhere

    and I hated that movie. The last movie I enjoyed by Carpenter was Village of the Damned and that was in 1995. Since then he's made Ghost of Mars, Vampires and Escape from L.A. All terrible. I'll believe this "Proves he's still the Master of Shock" when the reviews start trickling in.

  • May 22, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    many good films go to VOD/limited release

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    Monsters, Super..... well theres two. many may have been exaggerating...

  • May 22, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    I *love* John Carpenter.

    by heyscot

    When I was a kid and saw Prince of Darkness I was scared shitless and stayed up all night. The view of that figure coming out of the church in the garbled video and audio was terrifying. Then later when I saw "They Live" I cheered as Roddy Piper beat the crap out of Keith David and the two of them beat the CRAP out of those damned aliens! WE WOULD NOT SUBMIT OR OBEY! Carpenter fricking ROCKS and I bow before him. Yay for the new movie!!!!

  • May 22, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    P.S. His music

    by heyscot

    I love his music and how he almost always uses the same font for his credits. Can't wait to see the new movie!

  • "Pray. . .for death. . ." OH JESUS CHRIST

  • May 22, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell....I mean, The Ward

    by Rex Carsalot

  • May 22, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I read some tepid things on THE WARD.

    by blackwood

    When it screened at TIFF. I think it was TIFF. The reaction was mixed with slight positive leanings. "Better Than Your Last Shit Movie" isn't saying much. Like it or not, Paul W.S. Anderson is as near as we have to a modern-day Carpenter. "B-Level" genre films with A-Level production. I feel like Anderson is capable of a Moment, where popular geek opinion of him changes (and average audience opinion remains the same -- because say what you will, his films make a lot of money). He's no Carpenter, of course, but I worry that Carpenter is no Carpenter, not anymore. I feel nervous about THE WARD. I want it to knock my socks off, but in the few reviews I've dared to read everyone is still snug in there shoes, if grateful Carpenter made another film.

  • it is your fault

  • May 22, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by taismaul

    worst film of the year behind The rite.

  • May 22, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    "MASTER OF SHLOCK"... Is More Like It.

    by Graphix67

    Anyone who still praises Carpenter's work from the late 80's onward is a hopeless fanboy at best or simply delusional at worst.

  • May 22, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter should have directed jonah Hex

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    damn that would have been so cool

  • May 22, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I can't believe people still use "noone"

    by ProziumJunkie


  • May 22, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Nice poster, looks like Maria Bello

    by ProziumJunkie

  • May 22, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Darren Aronofsky offered 'Maleficent' and 'Moses'

    by flax

    Come on, guys.

  • Or are they afraid that the similarities to the Drag Me to Hell poster will be to obvious?

  • He stops at Big Trouble, but I know folks love Prince of Darkness, They Live and Vampires. All three have their moments. I think his list is more about the stuff he likes top to bottom and not just bits. The trailer for The Ward doesn't fill me with confidence. I just don't think Carpenter cares anymore. He longs for a time that doesn't exist anymore.

  • May 22, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Should be able to see panties up her skirt....

    by SmokeFilledTavern

    posters suck now.

  • May 22, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    The book 'Vampires' was based on was awesome

    by SmokingRobot

    And that movie sucked ass. JC hasn't made a good movie in 20 years.

  • May 22, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Didnt this come out like 6 months ago!!!

    by Candy ass monkey suit

    It did in the UK and is already on DVD and blu ray.

  • May 22, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    All the chics in the mental hospital are hot....

    by D o o d

    I deduce from this that the movie will be shit. Carpenter using cheap easy tricks to once again cover for his lack of plot. Shame as I love the old John Carpenter :o(

  • May 22, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by ROBRAM89


  • May 22, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    VOD releases I've enjoyed lately...

    by blunted666

    Centurion, Hobo With A Shotgun, Trollhunter, and the magnificent 13 Assassins were all worth the 10.99 pre-theatrical price for me as none of these showed locally. I don't foresee adding The Ward to that list with Carpenter's late-90's-and-forward track record...

  • May 22, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    VOD is better than nothing

    by blunted666

    Most of us live in areas where these types of movies won't play theatrically, and who the hell wants to drop 20+ on a BD of a movie they have never seen?

  • May 22, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Release date has been put back for DVD/BR

    by david starling

    To October now - I'll see it, kinda cautious (last Carpenter I remember was the semi decent Vampires, and the lacking Ghosts of Mars) but I want the solid, reliable Carpenter back that I know can deliver the goods!! I watched They Live for the billionth time last night, and it still kicks ass!!

  • May 22, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    But this is on SKY Box Office tonight! ??? !!

    by Ray Gamma

    This movie is on SKY Box Office tonight here in the UK, and AICN is reporting its poster? Eh?

  • May 22, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Poster girl is going wheeeeee!

    by Pop_aristocrat

    Just look at that happy face.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

  • May 22, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I had an idea...

    by Han_Hit_Period

    For a John Carpenter movie: Put Gerard Butler and Ludacris on Saturn where they fight a ravenous mob of cannibalistic tweens fueled by their rage of not having service for their iphones. And throw a blonde B-list actress in the lead role.

  • May 22, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 22, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    let us look at his resume'

    by macheesmo3

    Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, ASOP13, They Live, Starman,Escape From New York,Prince of Darkness,Big Trouble in Little China- all just incredible pieces of movie fanboy geekdom awesomenss!!! Not many directors can place 2 or 3 movies in there much less 7 or 8!!! I say he has earned the right o make wtvr piece of shit he wants to pay the bills

  • May 22, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    mentaldominance: LOL

    by blunted666

    And I guess before BD's you refused to watch anything other than a projector? Sounds like you just don't want the people who worked on the project getting any of your money to me

  • May 22, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST


    by film11

    You can get VOD in 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus. I've seen films that look as good as Blu-Ray (and some even better than BD!) And to add to list of great films that went direct to DVD/BD in the U.S....TRIANGLE! Also TRANSMERICA. As to the person who mentioned did have a theatrical release in NYC. I'll assume it did elsewhere as well...but was also made available via VOD (except for FIOS systems.)




  • May 23, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    It's on iTunes UK to buy already

    by Bileranter

    I have it on my iphone to watch with one eye, close up, on a tiny any good film maker intended.

  • May 23, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST


    by BlackLodger

    As much as I would've loved to have seen a Carpenter directed "Carrie", that credit really belongs to Brian DePalma dude...unfortunately that makes your "comments" pretty suspect. All I've heard from Carpenter fans who've seen this film is that it's a slap in the face. Lazy and filled with poorly timed cheap scares.

  • May 23, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I think Carpenter is just bored with filmmaking

    by Samuel Fulmer

    My guess is that he is preaty much done with filmmaking, he just does a few projects here and there now to pay the bills. They Live is the last movie of his that it felt like he wasn't bored making it.

  • May 23, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Is this about Beaver Cleaver's dad coming back from the dead?

    by tonagan

  • May 23, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Anyone know what obscure website that blurb comes from?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I'd like (no, LOVE) to believe it......but I'll wait and see.

  • One big thing missing is talent. This may not be Halloween, The Thing, Escape From NY, etc. good, but I'll take In The Mouth Of Madness good... Any word on Joe Dante's The Hole?? That and John Landis' Burke and Hare movie?? Already come and gone in the UK? And another good direct to DVD title...Trick R Treat.....rambling done.

  • May 23, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Amber Heard, yummy!!!!

    by AsimovLives

  • May 23, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Halloween, The Fog, The Thing.

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    His three best films. At a push, 'Escape from NY' is kind of cool too, But everything else is pretty mediocre.