Yes, this girl.
The Ward (2010) started off promising then quickly hit a wall for me. Continuity is important in a movie. You’ve got to stay true to whatever era your movie takes place in. That’s why there are costume and makeup artists, and people who study the small details like dialects, etc.
Getting a movie that takes place in the 1960s right should not be that hard. It wasn’t that long ago. Hell, John Carpenter directed it and he was born over a decade prior. Yet the leading lady comes onto screen looking like Kesha, rocking the name “Kristen.”
According to socialsecurity.gov’s “Top Names of the 1960s,” the name “Kristen” was ranked the 193rd most popular female name of the 1960s. I’ll give the movie that–it actually made it onto the top 200 list of popular names. I wasn’t there in the 60s so I wanted to look into that. “Kristen” didn’t seem like a very popular name for that time, but I’m being a little nitpicky with that one perhaps. More importantly, Heard’s Kesha-esque hairstyle definitely does not fit that era. She eventually gets a hairstyle/wardrobe that actually works for the 1960s, but starting the movie like that made me feel like I was watching a movie from 2013. I want to be taken away to the exact place the movie intends for me to go–a 1960s psych ward. After the movie ends, I want to feel like I had just time traveled.
Hair and makeup rant aside, the movie eventually incorporates an evil creature that conducts the killings and it’s all downhill from there. All promise the movie had=lost. When you bring in a computer animated creature, or even just someone in costume/makeup, it’s got to be done right. Creepy little girl form The Ring? Nailed it. You know that movie gave you nightmares. The Ward’s ghost looks like a villain from Scooby-Doo.
And she would have gotten away with those killings if it weren’t for that pesky Kesha wannabe…