Kristen (Amber Heard) is a beautiful but troubled young woman, who we first meet running through the woods in her nightie, only to come upon a house that she promptly sets alight. The police turn up to find her sitting in the dirt watching the house burn to the ground.
It’s the 1960’s so Kristen gets drugged and strapped to a gurney and delivered to the local psychiatric hospital.
Being held against her will in a remote ward of the psychiatric hospital, the effects of the drugs leave her slightly disoriented, with no idea why she was brought here or of her life before being admitted.
The only thing she knows for certain, is that she has to get out.
There are only four other patients in the ward – all disturbed young women who seem to be harbouring a group secret. It’s a secret that comes alive at night and has a certain kind of demented bloodlust, wanting revenge for something that was presumably done to her.
One by one the four girls start to disappear – though we gets to see them all come to their gristly ends – and soon relaises that she is in a survival horror, where no one wants to help her, or believe her.
It’s pretty much your stock standard survival horror, with some heavy borrowing from Michael Cooney’s brilliant 2003 thriller, relying on cheap tricks and scares rather than anything original.
I watched The Ward late at night with my Turtle BEach X41 headphones on – these give an identical surround sound experience as the DSS unit reviewed recently – which made for a totally immersive experience only heightening the scares and bringing the creepy audio to the fore. In this more intimate setting, The Ward certainly delivered on the scares and the story had a pleasing – if not original – twist that will keep most people guessing till the end.
Reviewed by: Jonathan