DirectorJason Stutter Duration Initial DVD releaseDecember 29, 2009 CountryNew Zealand
WriterRaybon Kan, Jason Stutter Release date15 October 2009 (2009-10-15) Music directorDavid Donaldson, Steve Roche, Janet Roddick, Plan 9 CastRaybon Kan (Andre Chang), Jessica Grace Smith (Juliet Reid), Suze Tye (Nurse Magaret Bates), Bret McKenzie (Dr. Cruise), Rhys Darby (Specialist), Jemaine Clement (Garfield Olyphant) Similar moviesJemaine Clement appears in Diagnosis: Death and directed What We Do in the Shadows
Diagnosis: Death is a 2009 horror comedy film made in New Zealand, directed by Jason Stutter, co-written by Stutter and Raybon Kan, and briefly featuring members of the TV-series Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie and Rhys Darby.
The plot is set around a facility where new medications are tested on willing volunteers. While at an experimental drug weekend trial, Andre Chang and Juliet Reid meet and soon discover that their lives are in danger. The building is locked down for the testing period and it is found that the drug on trial causes extremely disturbing hallucinations that point towards a horrific double murder that took place at the facility. It is soon realised that the only way for them to escape is to solve the mystery behind this horrific secret. Eventually, they find out that the nurse in charge of the facility, Nurse Bates, murdered her sister and nephew in the facility and covered it up as a murder/suicide. In an attempt to keep them quiet, Nurse Bates tries to kill Andre and Juliet, but ghosts of her victims return and take vengeance, killing Bates by impaling her with a stool. Andre and Juliet are later cured of their ailments, despite the fact that they were given placebos in the trial. They then go off to take advantage of the second chance they have been given in life.
Raybon Kan as Andre Chang
Jessica Grace Smith as Juliet Reid
Suze Tye as Nurse Magaret Bates
Bret McKenzie as Dr. Cruise
Rhys Darby as Specialist
Jemaine Clement as Garfield Olyphant
Laura Surrich as Tawny
Cameron Stevens as Henry Mansfield
Lightning Entertainment released the film on 3 August in the United States. The DVD was released on 29 December 2009.