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Film-makers remove controversial trailer for horror shot at derelict Rauceby hospital

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: May 30, 2012

  • Horror: A scene from The Lucifer Effect

  • Film set: Rauceby Mental Health Hospital was closed in 1997 as part of a planned closure programme following a change in national policy. It has since become the focus of a new film called The Lucifer Effect

  • Internet claim: A still from the film's website which features the controversial trailer.

  • Horror: A scene from The Lucifer Effect

  • Horror: A scene from The Lucifer Effect

  • Horror: A scene from The Lucifer Effect

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A CONTROVERSIAL film trailer shot at a derelict mental health hospital near Sleaford has been scrapped following concerns by former staff.

Filmed at the former Rauceby Mental Hospital building, the Lucifer Effect trailer contained the wording: "Rauceby Mental Asylum was shut down in 1997 following allegations of systematic abuse of patients by staff."

But, a spokesman for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: "The trust strongly refutes claims that the Rauceby Mental Health Hospital was closed down amid allegations of patient abuse. We have no evidence of abusive practices taking place."

And, after the Target was contacted by angered former workers, the film's producer James Munroe, confirmed: "We don't want to upset anyone with this film and we did employ a researcher to piece together the story of Rauceby. A quick search of the Internet shows people alleging abuse at Rauceby.

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"I can only apologise for any upset caused and I can confirm the trailer has been taken down from the website and there won't be any reference to this in future trailers of the movie."

He claimed that following its premier at the Cannes film festival last week, the film is now under offer from major movie studios.

It is claimed that the film was un-scripted and purely the result of locking eight people in the former hospital and filming them for three days.

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  • Anti5ocialist  |  May 31 2012, 12:15AM

    Oh, have they passed that legislation that says you have the right to go through life without being offended, then? Perhaps it's just me, but if for example a politician launched a tirade of abuse directed at certain individuals then I'd quite like to hear about it, even if some of those individuals missed it at the time.

  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  May 30 2012, 5:58PM

    Anybody who didn't get a chance to be offended by the claim on the film's website can now catch up by being offended on this website instead.

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