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The Sickhouse (2008)

Unrated | | 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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Curtis Radclyffe

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Curtis Radclyffe (story), Marc Zakian (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Philips ... Anna
Alex Hassell ... Nick
Kellie Shirley ... Joolz
Andrew Knott ... Steve
Jack Bailey Jack Bailey ... Clive
John Lebar ... Plague Doctor
Romla Walker Romla Walker ... Professor Joan Holland
Tom Wontner ... Frank
Gregg Harris Gregg Harris ... Dave
Finlay Carr Finlay Carr ... Baby
Sam Burke Sam Burke ... Child at Hospital
Abe Buckoke Abe Buckoke ... Child at Hospital
Alfie Owen Alfie Owen ... Child at Hospital
Shannon O'Callaghan Shannon O'Callaghan ... Child at Hospital
Callie Ward Callie Ward ... Child at Hospital
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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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Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sickhouse See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(European Film Market)

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2.35 : 1
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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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Terrible Story, Screenplay and Camera Work
15 November 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In London, the archaeologist Anna Ash (Gina Philips) is informed by her Professor Joan Holland (Romla Walker) 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 (Jack Bailey), 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.

"The Sick House" is a movie with terrible story, screenplay and camera work. The plot is stupid and unoriginal, and it is hard to believe that an intelligent woman would prioritize her research and break in a contaminated place without weaning protective clothing and mask.

The camera is awful and to compensate the low-budget, there are many closes and the camera is shaken expecting to give the sensation of chaos, but it never works. The messy and senseless conclusion is also awful, trying to give a dreadful twist to the plot. The only things that seems to work is the false promotion of this movie through many fake reviews. Last but not the least, the Brazilian title is perfect for this film ("The Great Plague"). My vote is two.

Title (Brazil): "A Grande Praga" {"The Great Plague")


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