John Carpenter to direct new ghost flick

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As with most old-school horror auteurs, John Carpenter spent most of the last decade on the sideline as his classics, mostly notably the 1978 touchstone Halloween, got high-profile remakes. But after a long hiatus, the exploitation king announced recently that he will return to feature films with The Ward, a twisty psychological thriller about a woman haunted by ghosts in a mental ward.

Not exactly the most original premise, but Carpenter spoke highly of the script, which has already been penned. Amber Heard, known as Seth Rogen’s inexplicably gorgeous girlfriend in Pineapple Express, has signed on as the resident starlet-in-peril.

Carpenter had a prolific period of well-regarded titles in the ’70s and ’80s, but his career slowed after a string of flops through the ’90s. He last made the goofy sub-B movie Ghost of Mars.

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