TIFF 2010: John Carpenter Speaks to His Fans

One of the most heartbreaking things about the Toronto International Film Festival was that legendary director John Carpenter ended up missing the premiere of his own film, The Ward, because he was summoned to jury duty here in the States. So as not to let anyone down, he shot an exclusive video for the folks in attendance, and you can dig on it right now!

Check out all the red carpet coverage below, which is home to numerous interviews, or if you simply must, fast forward to about seven minutes in for Carpenter’s hilarious message.

The Ward (review here) stars Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mamie Gummer (Taking Woodstock), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), Amber Heard (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), and Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th remake) and was written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen.

The Ward is an intense psychological thriller set in a mental institution where a young woman, Kristen, is haunted by a mysterious and deadly ghost. As danger creeps closer, she comes to realize that this ghost might be darker than she could have imagined.

Kristen, who is in her early 20’s, wakes to find herself bruised, cut, drugged, and held against her will in a remote ward of Chamberlain Psychiatric Hospital. She is completely disoriented with no idea why she was brought to this place and no memory of her life.

The other patients in the ward, four equally troubled girls, offer no answers, and Kristen quickly realizes things are not as they seem. The air is heavy with secrets, and at night, when the hospital is dark and foreboding, she hears strange and disturbing sounds. It appears they are not alone.

One by one the girls disappear, and Kristen must find a way out of this hellish place before the ghost comes for her, too. As she struggles to escape, she will uncover a truth far more dangerous and horrifying than anyone could have imagined.

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  • DavidFullam

    How dare they summon Carpenter the Great to Jury Duty. A-holes!