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The Sick House -- 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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  (in credits order)

Gina Philips ... Anna
Alex Hassell ... Nick

Kellie Shirley ... Joolz

Andrew Knott ... Steve
Jack Bailey ... Clive
John Lebar ... Plague Doctor
Romla Walker ... Professor Joan Holland

Tom Wontner ... Frank
Gregg Harris ... Dave

Stuart Brennan ... Classroom Student
Finlay Carr ... Baby

Gillian MacGregor ... Jo
Sam Burke ... Ragged boy
Abe Buckoke ... Ragged boy
Alfie Owen ... Ragged boy
Shannon O'Callaghan ... Ragged girl
Callie Ward ... Ragged girl
Sydney Radcliffe ... Childs voiceover (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Akehurst ... Fire Crew
Tony Bowden ... Extra
Kyla Cook ... Classroom Student
Jake Crimmin ... Classroom Student
Victoria Denard ... Classroom Student
Liz Dodsworth ... Classroom Student

Jennie Fox ... Classroom Student

Rufus Graham ... Extra
Samantha Haynes ... Extra
Pat Higgins ... Extra
Simon Howard ... Extra

Jonnie Hurn ... Fire Crew

Jessica Jay ... Extra

Klemens Koehring ... Museum Staff
Jonny Lewis ... Fire Crew
Kas Lewis ... Classroom Student
Kasper Lewis ... Student

Chris Mansfield ... Extra
Penuel Sibiya ... Classroom Student
Ana Valencia ... Classroom Student

Directed by
Curtis Radclyffe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Curtis Radclyffe  story
Romla Walker  writer
Matthew James Wilkinson  additional writing
Marc Zakian  story

Produced by
Ashish Bhatnagar .... supervising producer
Paradigm Hyde .... co-producer
Alok Kapur .... line producer
Shripal Morakhia .... producer
Rohit Sharma .... co-producer
Charlotte Wontner .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Fox 
Lauren Yason 
Cinematography by
Sam McCurdy 
Film Editing by
Joseph Pisano 
Casting by
Ferne Cassel 
Alex Johnson 
Production Design by
Michael Kane 
Art Direction by
Matthew Button 
Muneesh Sappel 
Costume Design by
Alison Forbes-Meyler 
Sarah Tapscott 
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Fowler .... chief makeup artist (as Jackie Fowler)
Paul Hyett .... special makeup effects designer
Leah Mercieca .... prosthetic makeup trainee
Robin Pritchard .... special makeup effects artist
Isabel While .... makeup artist
Zoe Yates .... assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cara Higgins .... third assistant director
Siddhartha Luther .... second assistant director
Steve Newton .... first assistant director
Steve Truglia .... second unit director
Art Department
Vinayar Bhonsale .... art team
Sarah Carleton .... buyer (as Sarah Massey)
Daniela Faggio .... stand-by art director
Cathy Featherstone .... assistant art director
Mithulal Gaur .... dressing prophand
Angad Gupta .... art team
Matthew Irving .... carpenter
Haris Umar Khan .... assistant art director
Prashant Laharia .... assistant art director
Sunil Nagappa .... art team
Pandurang Panchal .... art team
Nana Pawar .... mouldings
Muthaiah Pulkam .... dressing prophand
Papu Rajbhar .... head painter
M. Ramaswamy .... art team
Priyanka Rana .... draughtsman
Avinash Shinde .... mouldings
Bhupendar Singh .... assistant art director
Brijesh Vishwakarma .... art team
Sound Department
Adrian Bell .... sound recordist
Lari Eiden .... assistant sound editor
Jochen Engelke .... sound re-recording mixer
Wolfgang Herold .... sound supervisor
Cedrik Hommel .... assistant sound editor
Garie Kan .... boom operator
Manuel Karakas .... sound editor
Deni King .... adr supervisor
Aris Louziotis .... supervising sound editor
Peter Roigk .... foley artist (as Peter Roik)
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... supervising sound editor
Maya Wagner .... sound post coordinator
Max Wanko .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Stuart Conran .... prosthetics artist
Paul Hyett .... special makeup effects designer
Scott McIntyre .... special effects supervisor
Conal Palmer .... prosthetics artist
Visual Effects by
Goolzar Buchia .... visual effects
Chetan Gaur .... digital compositor
Vivek Gaur .... compositor: prime focus
Pankaj Kalbende .... digital compositor
Anup Kumar .... digital compositor
Anand Nayak .... 3D artist
Prasad Patel .... digital compositor
Reupal D. Rawal .... digital compositor
Ranadheer Reddy .... digital compositor
Kaushal Shah .... digital compositor
Tushar Shah .... visual effects
Merzin Tavaria .... visual effects supervisor
Griboshin V.C. .... visual effects producer
Jitendra Vaghani .... digital effects artist
Steve Truglia .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Susie Allnutt .... still photographer
Sergio Bernuzzi .... key grip
Mahalingam Dinesh .... gaffer
Paul Duffy .... electrician
Jon Garwes .... camera operator
Phil Humphries .... focus puller
Kadam Prakash Pandurang .... electrician
Aaron Walters .... electrician
Matthew Waving .... first assistant camera: second unit
Matthew Wells .... best boy
Casting Department
Justin Antony .... talent booking
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mithulal Gaur .... dressing assistant
Fatima Ibraham .... dresser
Fatima Ibrahim .... wardrobe assistant
Muthaiah Pulkam .... dressing assistant
Editorial Department
Richard Elson .... assistant editor
Rahul Srivastava .... assistant editor
Kane Williams .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kim Blackburn Bowen .... music legal services
Transportation Department
Mel Cheape .... driver: make-up trailer
Tom Cheape .... driver: make-up trailer
Phil Gee .... unit driver
Phill Gee .... art driver
Mark Meadows .... production car driver
Rofik Rahman .... unit transport manager
Other crew
Jim Clubb .... animal handler: foxes
Wayne Docksey .... animal master
Wayne Docksey .... animal wrangler
Dave Evans .... weapons coordinator
Francesca Franklyn .... production secretary
Nichola Fynn .... stand-in: female lead (as Nichola Marie Fynn)
Vidhyut Jain .... production accountant
Katie Johnston .... floor runner
Firuzi Khan .... auditor
Vicki Matten .... childrens chaperone
Amelia McNeil .... location manager
Lucita Peek .... production runner
Emma Plimmer .... location agent
Penuel Sibiya .... runner
Lee Stone .... legal
Philip J. Strina .... business & legal affairs: New Line Cinema
Elizabeth West .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Sickhouse" - USA (DVD title)
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Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
Aspect Ratio:
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One of the stunt rats gave birth while in a cage on the set.See more »
[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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
In the end it all boils down to nothing much at all., 27 November 2010
Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.

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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