Three more interviews today. I’m not sure but, from what I can read, there’s a careless attitude coming from John Carpenter. I do hope he supports the film as he’s supposed to. Coming from Collider:
What can audiences expect from The Ward?
JOHN CARPENTER: It’s a psychological thriller, in a way. It closely resembles a ghost story and a horror film. Amber Heard plays a young runaway who we discover, early in the film, setting fire to an old farmhouse. She’s taken to a mental institution and has no idea why she’s there, and the movie revolves around that question.
Since this film presumably relies more on scares than gore, is it more fun to scare audiences by showing them less gore and playing more on their emotions?
CARPENTER: There’s a bit of gore. There’s a touch, here and there. You play with everything you’ve got. I’m not a lover of cheap tricks. I’ve always loved playing with people, but there’s no rule about it. You try everything you can.
Was there anything particularly challenging about making a film that’s so contained?
CARPENTER: The secret of it is, how can you keep it from looking the same all the time? How can you keep it from being visually boring? That was a combination of how we shot it and the editing process, in trying to keep the movie alive visually. I’m pretty happy with what happened.
Read the full interview.
Coming from Bloody Disgusting:
“The whole project was a movie that was contained”, he said. “And it promised to have a real interesting cast…kinda get away from an effects-driven movie. So this was up my alley. It also wasn’t too long a shoot.“
“Most of the effects [in ‘The Ward’ were] done on set, but there are some things we did digitally”, he told me. “It’s just another tool. [It’s] a great tool to use…there are a lot of choices.“
“There are a lot of jump scares in this, which some people may not like”, he answered. “But tough shit“
Read the whole thing.
And coming from Hit Fix:
Drew: Is The Ward in big beautiful John Carpenter widescreen 2.35?
John: You know what? It is. But it’s sort of a cheese-bag widescreen.
Drew: But it is John Carpenter widescreen, right? Been waiting a long time for that.
John: We shot it flat and we’re scanning it for anamorphic, so it’s not quite as good as shooting with a real Panavision lens. Not quite as good.
Drew: I think you have a great crew up there [in Vancouver] and especially when you have some history with them the second year, it really is just a smooth experience. They’ll do whatever they can for you at that point.
John: It’s true, and I know the whole business is really a lot of fun. So I thought, “Well, hell, I’m ready to try this again,” and along came this little movie that was a little film in terms of it’s not a big budget movie. I don’t have to kill myself over it. I can have some fun with it, and it’s working with really young actors. And female actors and that’s fabulous. I love that.
The Ward premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday night at 11:59 at the Ryerson.