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The Sick House (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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anna
Alex Hassell ...
Nick
Kellie Shirley ...
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
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Classroom Student
Finlay Carr ...
Baby
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Jo
Sam Burke ...
Ragged boy
Abe Buckoke ...
Ragged boy
Alfie Owen ...
Ragged boy
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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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Stunts coordinator Steve Truglia was pulled over for dangerous driving by plain clothes police officers from the Flying Squad in Old Street London on the final night of the shoot. Though the local council and police knew about the shoot, the undercover Flying Squad police coincidentally witnessed a take when the Ford Cabriolet was driving erratically and skidding. It took much persuasion for them to believe the stuntman that he was in a film even though he and the passengers were all wearing wigs. See more »

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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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Love Me
Written by Richard Fox, Lauren Yason and Curtis Radclyffe
Performed by Lauren Yason
Produced by Richard Fox and Lauren Yason
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In the end it all boils down to nothing much at all.
27 November 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Curtis Radclyffe co-created the story for, and directed, this movie so he can shoulder most of the blame because, basically, it's pretty rubbish. Writers Romia Walker and Matthew James Wilkinson should also receive some disappointed looks.

Gina Philips plays Anna, an archaeologist who is uncovering some great stuff at the location of an old orphanage that also used to house plague victims.. When she is told that the site is to be destroyed as it may be hazardous she, rather implausibly, decides to break in and satisfy her own curiosity while endangering the lives of everyone else in London (and possibly the UK, if the plague ever resurfaced). Obviously, she cannot screw everything up just by herself so is soon joined by four young tearaways (one of whom is heavily pregnant) and then everyone wanders around for a while until they fall victim to the spirit of a notorious Plague Doctor who wants to get back into our world.

Ironically, there is something buried deep within this movie that could have been a good little horror film. The imagery of the plague doctors and the setting could be enjoyably creepy if left to be effective on their own without tinted cinematography, constant overediting and other little tics hampering things.

Radclyffe clearly thinks that making a good horror movie involves making something that resembles a 90 minute Marilyn Manson music video. This does result in a few suitably nasty images here and there but, overall, there just isn't enough spread throughout the runtime to make this worth investing in.

The acting isn't great either, which never helps, though it's hard to judge those on screen because they're saddled with such lousy characterisations and clumsy moments from beginning to end. Gina Philips is probably the best of the lot but her character is so annoyingly stupid that you begin to resent tagging along with her. Kellie Shirley should just be thankful that she had a good run in Eastenders and wipe this part from her CV while the lads fare slightly better because all they're doing is playing typical ASBOs waiting to happen. Alex Hassell isn't great but seems a lot worse when his character, Nick, changes into some kind of wannabe hero.

And let's not even mention the big ending, something that Radclyffe clearly thought was clever and jaw-dropping when it's actually tired, highly flawed and damn irritating. I've seen many worse films then this but I often go out of my way to see the rubbish that others avoid. Average movie viewers will miss absolutely nothing by never seeing this movie.


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