Spokane-filmed 'The Ward,' by popular 'demand'

John Carpenter's horror flick, "The Ward," which was filmed in Medical Lake and Spokane, became available through various cable on-demand services today. It stars Amber Heard as a woman in a mental institution. And guess what? This mental institution is not what it seems.

This movie has not exactly received stellar  reviews, but so far it has been treated more kindly than many other locally filmed movies. It has a 48 percent positive score among reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian, a British paper, called it a "well-made film, with some finely crafted shocks and a steady pace that almost seems stately in these days of fast-cut horror."

Many of the reviews are from the UK, where it has apparently been released in theaters. Most agreed that it was not Carpenter's best work, but it still had flashes of the legendary Carpenter style.

Here the link to the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on July 8 and will go to DVD and Blu-Ray sometime after that.

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Jim Kershner
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