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Madhouse (2004)

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


William Butler


William Butler (story and screenplay), Aaron Strongoni (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Leonard ... Clark Stevens
Jordan Ladd ... Sara
Natasha Lyonne ... Alice
Lance Henriksen ... Dr. Franks
Dendrie Taylor ... Nurse Hendricks
Leslie Jordan ... Dr. Morton
Patrika Darbo ... Betty
Christian Leffler ... Drake
Newell Alexander ... Dr. Douglas
Dan Callahan ... Dr. Hendricks
Mark Holton ... Mr.Hansen
Aaron Strongoni Aaron Strongoni ... Carl
Todd Stites Todd Stites ... Trannie
Rosemary Alexander ... Grace
Muffy Bolding ... Polly Bond


The psychiatric intern Clark Stevens comes to Cunningham Hall, a mental health facility administrated by Dr. Franks, for a training period before his graduation from 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

30 July 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ludnica See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(Fantasy Fim Fest) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The drug "Risperdex" mentioned in the movie is reference to the real drug Risperdal. However, Risperdal is an antipsychotic, not an antidepressant. 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 »


Trannie: I'm so dirty for my daddy.
Drake: I make sure you rot in there for the rest of your life .
Clark Stevens: What's wrong.
Drake: I will teach this freak to show some respect
[Trannie licks the window]
Drake: .
Clark Stevens: Let's just take a break, i'm almost done here, i'll be out in a minute.
Trannie: Why don't you come inside, i'll make us some Remy Martins
[Drake punches the door]
Trannie: [Trannie yells] It's the ones who protest too much that end up wearing their wives panties!
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Schizophrenics double the fun!
28 August 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Not a better location imaginable to shoot a horror than a mental institution and yet the last really good films revolving on asylums and murdering lunatics date from the 70's, with "Don't Look in the Basement" and "Dark Places". This new film "Madhouse" isn't exactly a masterpiece, neither, but still it's an admirable attempt that makes good use of the ominous clinic setting and even manages to throw in a scary sequence from time to time. Joshua Leonard (one of the twats that got famous after "The Blair Witch Project") stars as the ambitious and idealistic medicine student Clark Stevens, finishing his college years with an internship at the Cunningham Hall clinic. The facilities and methods there are extremely archaic and Clark begins to suspect the administrator, Dr. Franks, of sabotaging the curing processes of his patients. His investigation is interrupted when the clinic's head nurse is brutally murdered by an unknown psycho. With the help of cute nurse Sara and the mysterious patient in cell 44, Clark begins to uncover all the dark secrets of Cunningham Hall clinic. The first hour of "Madhouse" is pretty atmospheric with spooky introductions of the asylum's craziest patients (schizos, nymphs, savages etc...) and a rather impressive collection of typical surgery-tools (a lobotomy, anyone?). After that, however, the script totally stops to make sense and it desperately tries to trick you....without much success, though. The film isn't as gory as you might think but it does contain two or three very nasty sequences and they are effectively done. It could have been a better film but I'm not complaining about the end result too much. Worth a look.

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