On Tuesday, the official US trailer for The Ward hit the net, debuting to much excitement on the horror news sites even though it's exactly the same trailer that was billed as the UK one several months back. Oh well, at least that cool poster is new. Now stop trying to look up Amber Heard's dress, all you boys who love her so.
The Ward is of course the upcoming new horror flick from the master himself, John Carpenter, which is set to hit stateside On Demand on June 8th followed by a limited theatrical release on July 8th (since when does Carpenter get the 'limited' treatment?!). Let's check out the trailer and find out who's awaiting these dates with baited breath! (What the hell does that expression mean, anyway?)
While this one is most definetly a resounding YAY for me, I can't lie and say it so much has to do with the trailer. Truth be told, if I knew nothing about who made the movie and saw this same trailer, without the words "From John Carpenter" that appear in it, i'd probably yawn, close out the YouTube window, and likely forget entirely about the movie as soon I hit that little X in the corner. It just doesn't look very original or "must see" and it's hard to get excited about based on anything other than the fact that is making me lean more towards the YAY side of things; it's directed by John motherfuckin' Carpenter, his first feature film since 2001's Ghosts of Mars. Yep, it's been 10 years since Carpenter has directed anything other than that lackluster Masters of Horror episode about abortions. Like all the great directors of years past, Carpenter's career has certaintly taken a bit of a dip over the years, but not even Ice Cube batting alien zombie ghosts can change the fact that he's one of the ultimate masters of modern horror, a fact that makes me relatively excited about this film despite how lackluster it looks to me. So ya, I give this one a hopeful YAY, even if i've heard the reviews haven't been very enthusiastic (I am trying to refrain from actually reading any).
What say you? Are you looking forward to taking a trip to The Ward or are you unable to muster up any excitement for it? Leave a comment and let me know!
On a little related side note that's worth mentioning, director Lucky McKee took to his Facebook page this week, after seeing the trailer, to mention how it seems to be very similar to his own film, The Woods. He's not accusing Carpenter of stealing and even admits that he's the one who has aped from Carpenter in the past, but it's a pretty interesting little note that certaintly holds some water. Check out the trailer for The Woods to see what he means and give that film a watch if ya haven't yet!