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Madhouse (2005)

Lance Henriksen , Jordan Ladd  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lance Henriksen, Jordan Ladd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006ZXJ2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The infamous Cunningham Hall Mental Facility houses the most psychotic and dangerous mental patients in the country. When a staff nurse is murdered, Clark Stevens, a new psychiatric intern, starts digging for answers and soon realizes that there is somet

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cat got your tongue? Wait...that's not the cat... September 1, 2005
'Madhouse' is a visual treat for those who love horror flicks. It begins with a flashy, fleshy kaleidoscope of images that hooks you even during the intro; surreal, insane images that tease your madness.

Young Clark Stevens (Joshua Leonard) arrives at Cunningham Hall, a Mental Health Facility, for his internship. He is full of clever ideas to make the facility cleaner and more functional. Dr. Franks (the talented Lance Henrikson) doesn't receive Clark's ideas pleasantly. He informs Clark that things are fine just the way they are, and that Clark will be expected to do his job and nothing more.

Clark meets Dr. Morton (who reminded me of Henry Gibson but is played by Leslie Jordan), an absentminded, likeable guy who's been at Cunningham Hall for 25 years. There's Head Nurse Hendricks (Dendrie Taylor), who is a little like Nurse Ratchett in 'Cuckoos Nest'.

Showing Clark around the facility is pretty co-worker Sara (Jordan Ladd) who has an easygoing temperament and shrugs off Hendricks gruffness. When Sara's tour takes Clark to the basement, you, the viewer, are in for a treat. This is a spooky place. It's lockup time down here, where the "patients everyone wants to forget about" goes.

Right about the time Clark begins to witness some pretty unsavory events happening around Cunningham Hall, people begin to die. For the aficionado, there is a lovely, grisly tongue-severing scene not to be missed. The patient in Cell 44, down in the basement, begins to talk to Clark. He has some unsettling things to say, and seems to know an awful lot about the gruesome events upstairs. About the time Clark decides he's had enough, it's too late.

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Madhouse proved to be quite a pleasant surprise for this horror fan. I really liked a lot of what first-time writer-director (not to mention former horror actor) William Butler tried to do here. It was also something of a kick to see Joshua Leonard of The Blair Witch Project fame once again (he's left the woods outside Burkittsville far behind, trading up to a rather geeky new look for this film). There's a fair share of gore, a nicely claustrophobic feel to the whole experience, quite effective ghostly manifestations, some wickedly deft plot twists, and a really cool, darkly surreal opening montage to start things out on the right foot. Jordan Ladd is a delight, and the intimidating presence of Lance Henriksen is put to pretty good use. I also found the plot to be surprisingly complex and methodically laid out. I for one had my expectations altered a time or two when the final scenes rolled around. Some people talk about the ending being obvious (I disagree) or the film trying to do too much, but Madhouse, in my opinion, succeeds admirably in setting itself apart from other lunatic asylum-based horror films. This thing has a look and feel all its own, and I honestly don't see how any horror fan could not enjoy this film.

Joshua Leonard plays Clark Stephens, a super-smart student doing his internship at a mental institution. He is sort of a know-it-all who is less than impressed by the condition of Cunningham Hall and the way its patients are treated. The man in charge, Dr. Franks (Henriksen) doesn't really care about making improvements, though; as a matter of fact, he doesn't even seem to care about curing anybody. The other two doctors are friendly enough, but the head nurse is something of a battleaxe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten in the basement September 14, 2006
And this movie slipped under the wires. It is a good movie...and proving to me that anything Joshua Leonard is in will be worth a look. It has creepy moments...and twists along the way...but it is all easy to follow. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the head nurse act...she was off the wall! Smiling a Joshua one moment...glaring and moving her eyes to your eye level the next in a stern stare down like a snake.

Red herring driven, the plot will keep you entertained. And guessing as to who or what is killing the staff......
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[brief plot synopsis]

Clark (Joshua Leonard) is a young and idealistic new intern at a run-down and out-dated mental health facility. His aspirations for cleaning the place hit a snag when he butts heads with Dr. Franks (Lance Henrikson) who seems to not mind that the patients never seem to get any better. Shortly Clark begins seeing things and death and mayhem invade the reality of the "Madhouse". Together Clark and Sara must uncover who or what it is that stalks the asylum and survive the massacre.

[good things]

Nicely directed, some pretty good kills, and a good story. The directing was superb, and it gave us some nice visual experiences, great cinematography, and all around tight scenery. There weren't many kills in this, but the ones it showed were pretty brutal and bloody. I also liked the cast, alot of good actors, and alot of very seasoned veterans (Lance Henrickson and Leslie Jordan).

[the bad]

It was hard for me to believe that an asylum like this existed. I don't see alot of this happening in real life, and I guess it is a horror film and they don't really have to mirror reality. I would have also liked more kills. While the script wasn't at all unique, but nicely done and directed, it was almost obvious who the killer was.

[final thoughts]

I may be playing favorites with this because William Butler is a friend, but it is a damn good movie. The all around feel to this movie is pretty cold and eerie. Joshua Leonard (from Blair Witch Project) delivers a great performance that almost makes me forget about his role (as himself) in The Blair Witch Project. Each character was nicely done and scripted. Even though the script could have taken a few different turns and made the story a bit harder to figure out, I still feel this is one of the better movies to be released in 2004.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Corn
Cornball, trite, stale plot with nothing but blood, gore to keep it together. Lance what have you become? You were great in your earlier career.
Published 16 months ago by Xrahdio
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise ending was great!
The story line is great, i won't ruin for you. Great thriller, Get ready for an ending that will knock your socks off!
Published 16 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars I can watch it again & again!
Great movie! I'm a fan of Lance Henricksen & that's why I chose this movie & he didn't disappoint. Even if his part wasn't that big. The big star was Joshua Leonard. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sheila K. Roach
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Movie
I found it creepy, disturbing and scary throughout the movie especially the first time we see the "basement lock up patients" scenes. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Devil Kittie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
It was entertaining. I am a scary movie fanatic and always look for something scary to watch. The setting takes place in a mental institute and there is a bit of a twist. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amjatp
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great movie
Nothing spectacular but better than a kick in the face. I would not reccomend it to anyone. unless they just wanted to kill time.
Published 18 months ago by me
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the first hour, then gets kind of ridiculous.
Madhouse (William Butler, 2004)

An hour into William Butler's Madhouse, a thriller that should have been much, much better than it is, I was ready to sing its praises to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazies, Asylums, and Ghosts...OH MY!
Disturbing images...check! Run down asylum...check! Gratuitous horror movie semi sex scene...check! Things that make you jump...check! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Remembered thinking this movie was great when i was a kid, rewatched it and realized it wasn't all that great. For a B-grade movie its alright.
Published 21 months ago by nicole troedel
4.0 out of 5 stars "Shudder Island" for the true horror fan
I'm not comparing the two movies, but I give this film credit as it was released long before Shudder Island. Read more
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