‘Do you dare?’
Haunted Hospital: Heilstätten – original title: Heilstätten – is a 2018 German found footage horror feature film directed by Michael David Pate (Potato Salad; Gefällt mir) from a screenplay co-written with Ecki Ziedrich. The movie stars Nilam Farooq, Farina Flebbe and Sonja Gerhardt.
In Heilstätten, a remote and gloomy former sanatorium near Berlin, a group of YouTubers illegally access the ominous surgery block for a 24-hour challenge they hope will go viral. However, they learn too soon that they are not alone and not welcome…
Reviews: [may contain spoilers]
“It’s all silly beyond measure, though those who do experience goosebumps from this sort of thing may get a chill or two along the way, however derivative those scares may be.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com
“Heilstatten winds down with a twist, which has also been done before, that may please people for whom such surprises can redeem routine. For the rest of us struggling to stifle disinterested yawns, 90 minutes is way too long for something so rote.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“Haunted Hospital: Heilstatten clearly hangs its hopes on the twist which appears in the third act, but by the time it arrives, most viewers will have given up on the movie. To be fair, the twist is somewhat surprising, but given a moment of thought, one realizes that it’s very far-fetched.” Mike Long, DVD Sleuth
“Full of your typical jump-scares, the true genius of this film doesn’t present itself until the final act. In these final 20 or so minutes, the twist ending, which I did not see coming at all, by the way, takes Heilstatten out of cookie-cutter found footage territory and into a creative and, more importantly, relevant story.” Frank Fulci, Repulsive Reviews
“There were some good ideas here and some definite potential to make something more than just a Blair Witch Project knockoff set in a German urbex paradise, but Pate didn’t shoot that high and instead offered up one of the most generic horror films you’re likely to see this year.” Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!
Cast and characters:
- Nilam Farooq … Betty
- Farina Flebbe … Vanessa
- Sonja Gerhardt … Marnie
- Maxine Kazis … Irina
- Lisa-Marie Koroll … Emma
- Emilio Sakraya … Charly
- Tim Oliver Schultz … Theo
- Davis Schulz … Chris
- Timmi Trinks … Finn
Heilstätte Grabowsee, Grabowseestraße 1, Oranienburg, Oberhavel, Brandenburg, Germany
Released in Germany on 22 February 2018 and then various countries such as Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore.
Well Go USA Entertainment is releasing the film on digital, Blu-ray + DVD and DVD on February 12th, 2019.