24. The Ward
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Amber Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mike Boorem, Jared Harris
When The Ward was first announced, horror fans got all hot and bothered. After a decade away from feature films, iconic director John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape From New York, The Thing) was finally jumping back into the genre realm, and he was bringing Amber Heard, this generation’s sexiest mainstream scream queen, along with him.
Little did those waiting in anticipation know that Carpenter had attached himself to a piss-poor script, about a disturbed young woman (Heard) stuck inside an all-girl mental institution in which the co-ed patients keep dying in gruesome ways. For his part, Carpenter actually directs the hell out of The Ward, but his natural abilities are rendered meaningless by characters acting stupidly and the world’s most predictable plot twist. He should’ve just made it an 11-year hiatus.