Iconic filmmaker John Carpenter heads back to the world of feature films after a long hiatus to unfortunate results with this bland supernatural tale. Back are some of the director’s signature moves -- the slow dolly shots of the corridors are pure mood-building Carpenter all the way, yet his uniquely deliberate pace backfires here. Chalk it up to the lame mystery at the pic’s core or the equally tiresome torture scenes that conclude each character’s screen time, but The Ward
feels stale -- as if it were made by someone who’s not really sure if he should be spooking out his audience or just playing the gross-out card. By the time the twist comes around in the ...