The Clinic

January 3rd, 2010


The Clinic

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While traveling across country with her fiancé, Beth wakes alone in an isolated clinic to a mother's worst nightmare. Just how far will she go to save her child?

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.3/10 (2,416 voted)

Director: James Rabbitts

Stars: Tabrett Bethell, Freya Stafford, Andy Whitfield

On Christmas Eve 1979, Cameron and his pregnant fiancée Beth are traveling through the Outback of Australia to spend Christmas with Beth's parents. In the evening, Cameron is thrown off road by a reckless driver and the couple decides to stay in a low-budget hotel in the small town of Montgomery. Late at night, Cameron is hungry and cannot sleep, so he decides to look for a restaurant. He leaves a message for Beth, but the Chinese Sky Dragon is closed and his car runs out of gas. When he returns to his room, Beth is missing and he calls the police. Cameron accuses the cynical and unhelpful hotel receptionist, Marv, but the police office does not believe him. He is arrested when he tries to hit the receptionist but while in the police car, he gets Underwood's gun and takes control of the situation. Meanwhile, Beth awakes in a bathtub full of ice and with a C-section. She seeks out her baby and finds four other women in the same situation...

Tabrett Bethell - Beth
Freya Stafford - Veronica
Andy Whitfield - Cameron
Clare Bowen - Ivy
Sophie Lowe - Allison
Boris Brkic - Hank
Marshall Napier - Officer Underwood
Elizabeth Alexander - Ms Shepard
Marcel Bracks - Duncan
Adrienne Pickering - Jane Doe
Slava Orel - Boris
Anni Finsterer -
Harold Hopkins - Chester
Bob Marcs - Police Officer #1
Laurence Fleming - Beth's Father

Taglines: The truth lies within


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Release Date: 3 Jan 2010

Filming Locations: Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Although fictitious, the story was inspired by several true stories of child abduction.

Continuity: While the old man comes to the door opening he's leaning on the door frames with one hand on his waist level and another hand high up over his head. But then when the camera changes view both arms are on body level all of a sudden.

Officer Underwood: Went to the Sky Dragon, came back, fiancée's gone.

User Review

A horror story, but not a horror film...

Rating: 6/10

A low budget 'genre' film shot in 29 days, in the outback town of Deniliquin, NSW, set in a pre-DNA era of 1979. And with all things considered, its quite a slick and well executed movie. Apparently Rabbits got the idea for the plot after reading about the Lisa M. Montgomery case... fetal abduction is all the rage, apparently.

This film is clearly marketed as horror, and while Rabbits dips his toes in a couple of horror genres, (survival/slasher/psychological/Saw-ish etc) the Clinic is not really a horror film in it's execution. It's really quite a mess of a movie as it never knows exactly what it wants to be. Some may call it 'refreshing' or 'genre bending', which is fair I guess, but I just don't think it worked.

The violence is tame considering the subject matter, and the film offers little to no suspense, at least none that was effective. My guess is Rabbits isn't a big horror fan, as he shows no real understanding of the genre. On one of the few positive notes, Tabrett Bethell's performance was excellent, and I would watch her in anything, particularly if she gets her kit off, which was the highlight of the film for me.

I was disappointed with the Clinic, and my guess is, most horror fans will be too.


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