IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: LEGENDARY DIRECTOR JOHN CARPENTER TALKS ‘THE WARD’
Legendary film director John Carpenter truly has an amazing body of work. His resume reads like a laundry list of some of the most thrilling and exciting films of the last thirty years including Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Christine, Starman, Big Trouble in Little China, and They Live.
Now after several years spent producing and directing TV, Carpenter returns behind the camera once again and revisits the genre he practically helped create with the new horror film called The Ward, which is available on VOD starting today.
The movie is a psychological thriller that revolves around a young girl named Kristen (Amber Heard from Drive Angry) who is admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 1966 where she begins to believe that a mysterious and deadly ghost is haunting her. As the specter gets closer and closer to her, she starts to realize that the true threat to her life … might actually be herself. Besides Heard the film boasts a great cast including Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick Ass), Danielle Panabaker (Sky High), Mamie Gummer (Taking Woodstock), and newcomer Laura Leigh, as well as exceptional character actor Jared Harris (Mad Men, Fringe) as the creepy Dr. Stringer.
I recently had the true honor of sitting down and spending several minutes chatting with the legendary John Carpenter about his latest movie, The Ward. The chain-smoking director, who smoked one cigarette after another while I was in the room, spoke candidly about the new film, his cast, the subject matter, and his unique and distinguished career. Here is what he had to say: