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The Sickhouse (2008)

 |  Horror  |  18 March 2008 (USA)
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Terror lurks in the old orphanage, beneath a disused London hospital - a Seventeeth Century malevolence, the Plague Doctor, has returned to complete his evil masterpiece...

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Anna
Alex Hassell ...
Nick
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Joolz
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Steve
Jack Bailey ...
Clive
John Lebar ...
Plague Doctor
Romla Walker ...
Professor Joan Holland
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Frank
Gregg Harris ...
Dave
Finlay Carr ...
Baby
Sam Burke ...
Child at Hospital
Abe Buckoke ...
Child at Hospital
Alfie Owen ...
Child at Hospital
Shannon O'Callaghan ...
Child at Hospital
Callie Ward ...
Child at Hospital
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Storyline

In London, the archeologist Anna Ash is informed by her Professor Joan Holland that the excavation site at the Sixteenth Century Ludgate Orphanage, where she is researching the Cult of the Black Priest during the Great Plague, will be demolished on the next morning to contain the contamination since it has been found the Y.pestis in the digging. The stubborn Anna breaks in the building at midnight expecting to find any substantial evidence that could stop the demolition. Meanwhile, four drugged punks hit and run with a stolen car and they hide inside the building. They are haunted and attacked by a ghost and one of them, Clive, is wounded. When Anna stumbles with the hoodlums, she realizes that Clive is contaminated and needs help. But soon they find that they are trapped in the building. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Fear is infectious.

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Charlotte Wontner:  a police officer in the final wide-shot of the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Childs voiceover: In the blood, there is a sickness. There, might living creatures be seen. Visions of strange, monstrous and frightful shapes such as dragons, snakes, serpents and demons terrible to behold.
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Spoofs The Blair Witch Project (1999) See more »

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Written by Richard Fox, Lauren Yason and Curtis Radclyffe
Performed by Lauren Yason
Produced by Richard Fox and Lauren Yason
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Mediocre at best
7 April 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

We hear about it far too much in the horror genre: a poorly made film with an interesting premise.

Had this shied away from the punk-teen angle (like that of Bava's 'Demons') and headed for straight horror (maybe on the level of 'El Orfanato'), it could've had the chance to be a rather good film. Instead, poor writing, bad direction, seemingly bored actors, and silly camera tricks in exchange for real scares, we're left with yet another forgettable haunted-house picture.

I'd say pass it up and wait for 'The Orphanage' on DVD. Or, if you can't wait, check out 'The Devil's Backbone.'

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