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'Cursed' movie filmed at former Rauceby Mental Asylum debuts at Cannes

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: May 19, 2012

  • RAUCEBY MENTAL ASYLUM: A film based on the Lucifer Effect was filmed at Rauceby Mental Asylum.

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A CONTROVERSIAL British horror movie filmed at the former Rauceby Mental Asylum will overcome its alleged 'curse' to debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Lucifer Effect first hit the local and national headlines when one of the cast was almost throttled by another cast member.

As a result Lincolnshire police seized the footage and the film was put on hold. However, the movie has now been completed.

James Munroe, producer of the movie, said: "The film studies the social condition known as The Lucifer Effect - a psychological consequence that is said to occur when good people are given power over others in an evil place. The effect was first investigated in the 1970s during the infamous Stanford Prison experiment.

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"The Lucifer Effect producers recreated a modern day equivalent in an abandoned mental asylum.

"The use of subliminal scenes has added to the rumours of a curse. Reports of a curse originally surfaced due to the fact that the film features footage of disturbing events which occurred when the participants in the film held a Ouija board session during their brief stay in the asylum."

Unlike other films that it has been compared to, such as The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity, the footage and events in The Lucifer Project are said to be real, there was no script, and the reactions of the participants are said to be genuine, including the assault.

The film is based on eight people who volunteered to be locked inside the reportedly haunted mental asylum for three days, with no communication from the outside world and little food.

Mr Munroe added: "Since these events, two of the cast have been hospitalised with other cast members receiving counselling and treatment for depression and any possible after effects.

"All involved had signed release forms and given their consent before entering the asylum, although some of the actors are now looking to sue the film company for false imprisonment.

"Adding to the stories of a curse is the fact that the director who oversaw the filming of the original events is also now missing. "This is coupled with rumours that one of the actresses has been sectioned in South America."

To view a trailer of the movie, to premiere at Cannes log on to www.thelucifereffectmovie.com or visit the Facebook page.

Rauceby Mental Asylum was originally opened in 1902 as the Kesteven County Asylum.

From 1924 to 1933 it took the name, the Kesteven Mental Hospital.

In 1940, it was taken over by the RAF and renamed No. 4 RAF Hospital Rauceby with 1,000 beds treating crash and burns victims. The pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe worked here on members of his so-called Guinea Pig Club.

The main hall burnt down in 1947 and the RAF handed the premises over to the newly formed NHS, which then returned to using it as a mental asylum.

The site includes two graveyards, a mortuary, and a series of underground tunnels connecting wards.

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  • LisaTosh  |  July 02 2012, 7:37PM

    I went there last night with my mum and some other people and we all went into loads of buildings and looked through windows and stuff and we also went into the building where the elevator is that says "the Lucifer effect" and it was sooooo scary! inside the elevator, there were candles all around the edge of the elevator and I was getting really scared as I could hear noises and I could feel chills going down my body! I was nearly "pooing" myself! When we were outside in like the yard area I could hear like people talking and banging noises and screaming, me and my mum heard the banging and me and my friend heard the screaming. I really wanted to go and look in more of the buildings but it was time for us to go. I would definately go and have another look again but the next time I would like to look in the dungeons or should I say tunnels beneath the buildings and explore some more of the buildings.

  • blindimp  |  May 20 2012, 2:42PM

    As a former inmate (1986 for 3 months), I saw both mental and physical abuse, patient/patient and staff/patient. I was told by a nurse "toe the line, or you'll never get out". ECT patients went to St. Johm's at Bracebridge Heath. In my opinion, I believe this caused the death or shortened the life of one patient. On the night of my discharge from Orchard Ward, I was threatened with violence by another patient. On duty at the time was 1 student female nurse. It was a case of front up, or take a beating, the other staff were at a dance in the main building. In the years after leaving Rauceby, I have gone on to study a BA Honours, this included the study of mental illness, "The Lucifer Effect " was part of this. I am still in and out of the mental health system even now, and in many respects it is worse now. Poor staff and facilities and the continuing stigma by society to those with mental illness.

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  • snoddybag  |  May 20 2012, 9:40AM

    Having been a patient in that place for many years and released just before it closed. I can honestly say that I am still a nut case.

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  • Bill_Door  |  May 19 2012, 7:47PM

    If you mean ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) then I'm sure it did. It is still used today. But it is important to remember that this WAS and IS not a form of abuse. Even now it's a valuable treatment in cases of severe depression. If your experience of mental health treatment is watching 'One flew over the cuckoo's nest' you might think otherwise but that is only a fiction.

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  • InsideStory  |  May 19 2012, 6:34PM

    No electric treatment took place ?

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  • AnnNom  |  May 19 2012, 10:26AM

    Wholeheartedly agree with Louisa. It is true that some hospitals have had allegations of abuse, usually unsubstantiated. There is no evidence at all that anything untoward ever occurred at Rauceby and to suggest otherwise in order to promote a very poor film is an insult to the staff and the patients.

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  • Louisanelly  |  May 19 2012, 8:36AM

    Complete rubbish though. Although during the 70s and 80s,a number of Psychiatric hospitals came under the media spotlight accused of abusive practice, Rauceby Hospital was never one of them. Rauceby provided a caring and safe environment for a lot of people and the majority of staff I knew were good staff who treated patients well.

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  • Lincoln_Lad1  |  May 19 2012, 7:54AM

    Good PR for a film such as this I guess

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