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The Sick House (2008)

  • Rate: 3.9/10 total 615 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Runtime: Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Bridget Riley Studios, Dace Road, Bow, London, England, UK
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The Sick House (2008)


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  • IMDb page: The Sick House (2008)
  • Rate: 3.9/10 total 615 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Runtime: Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Bridget Riley Studios, Dace Road, Bow, London, England, UK
  • Budget: $4,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Curtis Radclyffe
  • Stars: Gina Philips, Alex Hassell and Kellie Shirley
  • Original Music By: Richard Fox  Lauren Yason   
  • Soundtrack: Ooze It
  • Plot Keyword: Plague | Hospital | Archaeologist | Orphanage | Medieval Times

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Curtis Radclyffe  story
  • Romla Walker  writer
  • Matthew James Wilkinson  additional writing
  • Marc Zakian  story

Known Trivia

  • 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.
  • One of the stunt rats gave birth while in a cage on the set.

Plot: 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… Full summary » |  »

Story: ANNA is an ambitious young archaeologist. She desperately needs the kudos of an important find. But her work is ruined when the authorities suddenly shut down the old hospital in which she is working. Plague spores contaminate its medieval foundations. ANNA is convinced that this ancient plague site holds an even darker secret. In her research she has stumbled on a murderous pattern of unexplained child deaths. This is a very cold case; the children disappeared in 1665, the year of the GREAT PLAGUE. The 'suits' at her museum don't buy her theories and they give the go-ahead for the hospital's imminent demolition. That night ANNA risks everything, and breaks back into the hospital to prove her suspicions. Reaching for a mysterious ancient artifact, she slips and falls. Meanwhile, NICK's 21st birthday celebrations are culminating in chaos. He just wanted a good night out with girlfriend JOOLZ…Written by Hopscotch Films  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Ashish Bhatnagar known as supervising producer
  • Paradigm Hyde known as co-producer
  • Alok Kapur known as line producer
  • Shripal Morakhia known as producer
  • Rohit Sharma known as co-producer
  • Charlotte Wontner known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Gina Philips known as Anna
  • Alex Hassell known as Nick
  • Kellie Shirley known as Joolz
  • Andrew Knott known as Steve
  • Jack Bailey known as Clive
  • John Lebar known as Plague Doctor
  • Romla Walker known as Professor Joan Holland
  • Tom Wontner known as Frank
  • Gregg Harris known as Dave
  • Stuart Brennan known as Classroom Student
  • Finlay Carr known as Baby
  • Gillian MacGregor known as Jo
  • Sam Burke known as Ragged boy
  • Abe Buckoke known as Ragged boy
  • Alfie Owen known as Ragged boy
  • Shannon O'Callaghan known as Ragged girl
  • Callie Ward known as Ragged girl
  • Sydney Radcliffe known as Childs voiceover (voice)
  • Lee Akehurst known as Fire Crew
  • Tony Bowden known as Extra
  • Kyla Cook known as Classroom Student
  • Jake Crimmin known as Classroom Student
  • Victoria Denard known as Classroom Student
  • Liz Dodsworth known as Classroom Student
  • Jennie Fox known as Classroom Student
  • Rufus Graham known as Extra
  • Samantha Haynes known as Extra
  • Pat Higgins known as Extra
  • Simon Howard known as Extra
  • Jonnie Hurn known as Fire Crew
  • Jessica Jay known as Extra
  • Jonny Lewis known as Fire Crew
  • Kas Lewis known as Classroom Student
  • Chris Mansfield known as Extra
  • Penuel Sibiya known as Classroom Student
  • Ana Valencia known as Classroom Student



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Jacqueline Fowler known as chief makeup artist (as Jackie Fowler)
  • Paul Hyett known as special makeup effects designer
  • Leah Mercieca known as prosthetic makeup trainee
  • Robin Pritchard known as special makeup effects artist
  • Isabel While known as makeup artist
  • Zoe Yates known as assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Vinayar Bhonsale known as art team
  • Sarah Carleton known as buyer (as Sarah Massey)
  • Daniela Faggio known as stand-by art director
  • Cathy Featherstone known as additional art director
  • Mithulal Gaur known as dressing prophand
  • Angad Gupta known as art team
  • Matthew Irving known as carpenter
  • Haris Umar Khan known as art team
  • Prashant Laharia known as art team
  • Sunil Nagappa known as art team
  • Pandurang Panchal known as art team
  • Nana Pawar known as mouldings
  • Muthaiah Pulkam known as dressing prophand
  • Papu Rajbhar known as head painter
  • M. Ramaswamy known as art team
  • Priyanka Rana known as draughtsman
  • Avinash Shinde known as mouldings
  • Bhupendar Singh known as assistant art director
  • Brijesh Vishwakarma known as art team




Production Companies:

  • Hopscotch Films
  • iDream Productions

Other Companies:

  • Herold Studios  sound post-production


  • Kinostar (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • New Line Cinema (2007) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • New Line Cinema (2007) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Delta Pictures (2007) (Italy) (all media)
  • New Line Home Video (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Paris Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Vivek Gaur known as compositor: prime focus
  • Pankaj Kalbende known as digital compositor
  • Anup Kumar known as digital compositor
  • Anand Nayak known as 3D artist
  • Reupal D. Rawal known as digital compositor
  • Ranadheer Reddy known as digital compositor
  • Kaushal Shah known as digital compositor
  • Merzin Tavaria known as visual effects supervisor
  • Griboshin V.C. known as visual effects producer
  • Jitendra Vaghani known as digital effects artist

Release Date:

  • Germany 13 February 2007 (European Film Market)
  • USA 18 March 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 11 November 2009 (DVD premiere)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. SmileWhatsTheUseInCrying from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    Well, this was not horrible to say the least. I have seen many moviesthat are even worse. For a low budget movie it was actually prettythrilling. It gave you some spooks and jumps. Overall the storyline wasa good idea, yet somewhat got lost along the way. The acting was OK.Some of the graphics and stunts were pretty gruesome and cool in a way.The dialog was quick and understandable and kept you enthralledthroughout the film. Although, the ending was quite a disappointmentand rather abrupt, the movie was overall good. Nothing compared to theold time horror flicks, but still good. Is it worth your money?Maybe… if you're looking for a slightly cheesy horror flick.Otherwise, just watch it online.

  2. brokensilent from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    I rented this movie because I just like watching horror movies and thislooked like it could be fun. I was expecting the usual spook tale, youknow the kind that keeps you entertained while you're watching but youforget about before you've even returned it. This definitely exceededmy expectations. With the opening credits, I knew it was anartistically done film which is always appeals to me but sometimes, areso so out there, that they're just too bizarre to have fun with. Thiswasn't one of those. If you're paying attention, which you have to do,this film will be very enjoyable. For being a horror film, it actuallyhad relatively little gore. The worse scene is the bathroom which hadme squirming for more reasons than the blood. The filmography wasinteresting though at times, a bit distracting from the actual film.The storyline wasn't what I expected either, I figured it was thespirit of a ghoulish man who was knocking off one character afteranother in creative fashions. But it's not that, it's so much more. Thewriting was well done, you believe the characters and what they say,they grow on you and when they meet their demise you feel bad for mostof them. The only one that didn't grow on me was the main character butI usually have very little sympathy for the people that start all thehavoc so it was nothing against her acting or character. This is astory filled with possession, deadly curiosity, time manipulation,betrayal, creepy bird costumes, and an ending that is far frompredictable. Be sure to pay attention to the little details in thismovie and don't take anything for granted. Thoroughly enjoyed this filmand was very surprised at how different this was from what I expected.

  3. sucrern from dallas texas
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    This movie reminded me a lot of Jacob's Ladder. It was a little slow attimes. The acting was pretty decent. The special effects were good.There was a nice use of glitched effects. The costumes could have beenbetter. I assume this was a low-budget movie. They did good with whatthey had to work with. The bathtub scene was probably my favorite. Iwould say this is worth watching. The movie was a nice surprise in thatit was a lot better than I expected it to be from the previous ratingsit had received on this site. I had not heard of the director prior tothis movie. I think he did a good job. A lot of low budget horror filmslack in good acting and special effects, but this guy really pulled itoff in my opinion.

  4. d-praved from Germany
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    The film is a complete mess. The premise might be sort of interesting,but the already everything but clever script that has written "novicesat work!" on every single page additionally gets messed up by adirecting that gives a new quality to the word "confusing". And if thatwasn't enough, it seems the material was edited by someone on LSD,otherwise there's no explanation for this… hmmm… montage. Puttingthe footage into a shredder would have shown better results. My regardsto the actors who tried hard to put some life into this.

    Producers listen up: little money is no excuse for badcraftsmanship!!!!

  5. skooshie from Atlanta, Ga
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    I won't say this is the best horror film I have ever watched but it iscertainly not the worst either. Interesting story line about the plaguedoctors (who by the way wore masks shaped like bird beaks to keepplague at bay) and an unknown cult. In this day of conspiracies it isreasonable to think it could have happened. It had some really decentgore in it and is an OK way to spend a couple of hours. I must say GinaPhillips is making a career out of making horror films and most of themhave been good enough to watch. Like this one. You have to keep an openmind with most horror films now days and this is definitely worth aquick look when you've got nothing else to watch. I bought in the 2 for$10 bin @ the local big name super store so at least I got my money'sworth. And the ending was very interesting

  6. StudioLAX from Harrogate
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    Despite knowing that the film industry will always sacrificeoriginality (and therefore risk) to make money it still amazes andannoys me that rubbish like this gets made. Can't a producer realisethat making an interesting and vaguely original film will likely makemore money through positive word of mouth than a bland, boring, seen itall before piece of cable movie sh!t like Sick House. This film wasaverage, listless, un-engaging, dark and unintelligible, with apointless and unnecessarily confusing twist ending. I'm desperatelytrying to think of something positive to say about this film and all Ican come up with the cinematography and general look of the film wasquite interesting, well that is at the few points in the film where itwas possible to actually make out what was happening. Another positivepoint was Gina Philips who turned in a creditable performance.

  7. tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    Curtis Radclyffe co-created the story for, and directed, this movie sohe can shoulder most of the blame because, basically, it's prettyrubbish. Writers Romia Walker and Matthew James Wilkinson should alsoreceive some disappointed looks.

    Gina Philips plays Anna, an archaeologist who is uncovering some greatstuff at the location of an old orphanage that also used to houseplague victims.. When she is told that the site is to be destroyed asit may be hazardous she, rather implausibly, decides to break in andsatisfy her own curiosity while endangering the lives of everyone elsein London (and possibly the UK, if the plague ever resurfaced).Obviously, she cannot screw everything up just by herself so is soonjoined by four young tearaways (one of whom is heavily pregnant) andthen everyone wanders around for a while until they fall victim to thespirit of a notorious Plague Doctor who wants to get back into ourworld.

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

    Radclyffe clearly thinks that making a good horror movie involvesmaking 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 makethis worth investing in.

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

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

  8. BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

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

    Horror newcomer Curtis Radclyffe attempts to capitalise on theunsettling nature of these bizarre historical figures by making themthe antagonists in his film The Sick House, but fails to realise thathaving a cool looking killer just isn't enough on its own: a coherentplot, decent acting, competent editing and considered direction doesn'tgo amiss either.

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

    Having introduced his raft of thoroughly selfish characters, andestablished them within a fairly creepy locale, Radclyffe then proceedsto belie his novice status as both a writer and director by boring thepants off his audience with a solid hour and a half of people wanderingaimlessly through dark corridors, whilst the shadowy plague doctorrandomly 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 supernaturalevents that occur are ever adequately explained, gimmicky editing andpost production trickery makes everything extremely hard to follow, andthe whole thing finishes as confusingly as it began, with a child onceagain whispering some nonsense that might possibly have made some sensehad I not given up caring long before.

  9. badwrench13 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    I was hopeful when I read the description on Netflix. Haunted hospitalor asylum just creeps me out. Too bad the premise has never been donewell. This film is no exception. There has to be one that is betterthan The Sickhouse, Session 9, the remake of House on Haunted Hill, theAttic Expeditions, etc. because they all sucked for myriad reasons. Atleast "Haunted" had some actually scary moments, not just psychologicalmishmash and gruesome imagery.

    It was too jumpy. Right in the middle of the tension-filled hall-stalkor door-open, the scene cuts and jumps to a map for a few moments andthen back to the scene, where nothing happens.

    The plague doctor ghost villain was certainly scary in appearance, andhis plague-victim ghost minions as well, but more back story was neededto set the mood and really explain things. They were just there and afreaky cult was mentioned. They should have gone more into it. That wasactually intriguing and had major scare potential. Instead we get thesame stalking villain-and-minions, teenage chavs getting offed (well,that was pretty good) in bizarre ways, and an undeveloped connectionbetween several plague doctor cult killers.

    Of course, it had the obligatorysole-survivor-as-reborn-villain-for-sequel setup, too, which justpisses me off. DONE TO DEATH.

  10. Anthony Pittore III (Shattered_Wake) from Los Angeles, CA
    30 Mar 2012, 11:49 pm

    We hear about it far too much in the horror genre: a poorly made filmwith an interesting premise.

    Had this shied away from the punk-teen angle (like that of Bava's'Demons') and headed for straight horror (maybe on the level of 'ElOrfanato'), it could've had the chance to be a rather good film.Instead, poor writing, bad direction, seemingly bored actors, and sillycamera tricks in exchange for real scares, we're left with yet anotherforgettable haunted-house picture.

    I'd say pass it up and wait for 'The Orphanage' on DVD. Or, if youcan't wait, check out 'The Devil's Backbone.'


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