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Madhouse (2004)

A young psychiatric intern unearths secrets about the mental health facility in which he works.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Franks
Christian Leffler ...
Aaron Strongoni ...
Todd Stites ...


The psychiatric intern Clark Stevens comes to Cunningham Hall, a mental healthy facility administrated by Dr. Franks, for a training period before his graduation in medical college. He gets close to the resident Sara and to Ben London, a dangerous patient lodged in cell 44 in the basement of the clinic. Clark becomes intrigued with a boy, who seems to be a ghost, and finds that Dr. Franks does not use real medication in the patients. A further investigation shows hidden dark secrets in the clinic. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Let the insanity begin.


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence/gore and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 2004 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Ludnica  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,737 (Hong Kong) (29 October 2004)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(Fantasy Fim Fest) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building seen at the very end of the film is "Stites Mental Facility", obviously named after Todd Stites, the post-production supervisor and the actor who played the "Trannie". See more »


When Clark is first in Dr. Franks office, he looks over the books on the shelf. One of them is labeled "Psychoterapy Pratctices" by Dr. Jess Williams." Obviously it should be spelled "Psychotherapy Practices." See more »


References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »


Screwy Girl
Written by Cecile Morel-Journel
Performed by Tara King Th.
Courtesy of Mudah Peach/Lakeshore Records
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Functional, if predictable.
17 March 2005 | by (Hawaii, USA) – See all my reviews

There is a twist to this horror tale; all modern horror films seem to be required to have a story twist. I won't tell what it is, but I will say careful viewers will have no trouble figuring it out.

A young grad student arrives at a mental institution to begin his internship and from the start notices that the hospital is not up to standard. Patients are not given proper (sometimes not even humane) treatment, doctors and staff seem uninterested, facilities are nearly defunct, and (of course) the place just might be haunted.

The movement of the film is nice and brisk, with scare scenes coming at a fairly steady pace. The cast is capable and it's nice to have a couple horror regulars on board (Lance Henrickson and Jordan Ladd). The scripting is also adequate, but lacks punch; most everything seen here can be seen elsewhere. And then there is the twist, which while not a 'deal-breaker' will still influence your opinion of the film as a whole.

For some decent and classical scares this works just fine, just don't expect anything new or unique.


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