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The Sickhouse -- 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
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
Sydney Radcliffe ... Child (voice)
Rufus Graham ... Extra
Tony Bowden ... Extra
Samantha Haynes ... Extra
Chris Mansfield ... Extra

Jessica Jay ... Extra
M. Pearce ... Extra
Simon Howard ... Extra
Pat Higgins ... Extra
C.K. Dunbar ... Extra
Jonny Lewis ... Firecrew (as Jonathan Lewis)
Lee Akehurst ... Firecrew

Jonnie Hurn ... Firecrew
Kasper Lewis ... Classroom Student (as Kas Lewis)
Ana Valencia ... Classroom Student
Victoria Denard ... Classroom Student
Penuel Sibiya ... Classroom Student

Gillian MacGregor ... Classroom Student

Stuart Brennan ... Classroom Student
Kyla Cook ... Classroom Student
Liz Dodsworth ... Classroom Student

Jennie Fox ... Classroom Student
Jake Crimmin ... Classroom Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Klemens Koehring ... Museum Staff

Directed by
Curtis Radclyffe 
Writing credits
Curtis Radclyffe (story) and
Marc Zakian (story)

Romla Walker (screenplay)

Philip Caveney (original idea) and
Curtis Radclyffe (original idea)

Matthew James Wilkinson (additional writing)

Produced by
Ashish Bhatnagar .... supervising producer
Gary Hamilton .... executive producer
Alok Kapur .... line producer
Namit Malhotra .... executive producer
Shripal Morakhia .... producer
Rohit Sharma .... co-producer: Paradigm Hyde
Charlotte Wontner .... producer
Terrence Yason .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Fox 
Lauren Yason 
Cinematography by
Sam McCurdy 
Film Editing by
Joseph Pisano 
Casting by
Alex Johnson 
Production Design by
Michael Kane  (as Mike 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
Yatin Tamhane .... digital compositor
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
Ferne Cassel .... casting agent: U.S.A.
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
Location Management
Amelia McNeil .... location manager
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
Lucita Peek .... production runner
Emma Plimmer .... location agent
Penuel Sibiya .... runner
Lee Stone .... legal
Philip J. Strina .... business & legal affairs: New Line Cinema
Liz West .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth West)

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Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
Aspect Ratio:
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Cameo: [Charlotte Wontner]a police officer in the final wide-shot of the film.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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Avoid like the plague., 20 October 2009
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Plague doctors, the physicians who treated the sick during the Great Plague of London, wore wide-brimmed black hats, long black overcoats and primitive gas masks in the shape of a bird's beak; in short, they looked bloody freaky.

Horror newcomer Curtis Radclyffe attempts to capitalise on the unsettling nature of these bizarre historical figures by making them the antagonists in his film The Sick House, but fails to realise that having a cool looking killer just isn't enough on its own: a coherent plot, decent acting, competent editing and considered direction doesn't go amiss either.

After a thoroughly confusing pre-credits sequence featuring a whispering child, Radclyffe's film begins proper with the discovery of a sealed chamber beneath a 17th century hospital. Archaeologist Anna (Gina Philips) is keen to find out what is on the inside, but when the site is declared to be a bio-hazard, she is prevented from continuing her dig. So what does this supposedly intelligent scientist do next? Why, break in, of course—a stroke of genius which not only results in an outbreak of the plague, but also the resurrection of a murderous plague doctor. Meanwhile, a car full of joy-riders seek refuge in the hospital after their fun results in a fatal accident. Guess who's going to wish they'd not broken their ASBOs...

Having introduced his raft of thoroughly selfish characters, and established them within a fairly creepy locale, Radclyffe then proceeds to belie his novice status as both a writer and director by boring the pants off his audience with a solid hour and a half of people wandering aimlessly through dark corridors, whilst the shadowy plague doctor randomly appears and disappears in the shadows.

Fluorescent lights flicker on and off to add a little extra ambiance (or in my case, to irritate me even further), none of the supernatural events that occur are ever adequately explained, gimmicky editing and post production trickery makes everything extremely hard to follow, and the whole thing finishes as confusingly as it began, with a child once again whispering some nonsense that might possibly have made some sense had I not given up caring long before.

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