A Minute With: Horror king John Carpenter on "The Ward"

Wed Jun 8, 2011 8:59am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Horror meister John Carpenter returns to movie making for the first time in 10 years with "The Ward," which arrives on video-on-demand on June 8 before a theatrical release a month later.

Set in the 1960s, the film stars Amber Heard as a young woman held against her will in an all-girl psychiatric hospital. As her fellow inmates disappear one by one, she must prevent herself from suffering the same fate.

Carpenter, 63, spoke to Reuters about the film and why he took a decade-long hiatus.

Q: Where have you been for the past 10 years?

A; "Sitting on my couch, having the occasional beer, watching basketball and rekindling my passion for cinema that I had lost a decade ago."

Q: How did you lose it?

A: "I've been making movies for about 40 years and when you make movies back to back, you give up a lot of yourself -- your personal life, your health. You expend a lot of energy and I just had to stop. Of course it didn't help that my last movie tanked"

Q: What made you decide on a project like "The Ward" as a comeback?   Continued...