Now here’s a film which has flown in under the radar. Despite the fact that it boasts a cast that features actors such as Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine, Stonehearst Asylum has only just now managed to grab my attention. It looks like a properly creepy film, and with a nice angle to boot.
England, 1899. When young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, he is warmly welcomed by superintendent Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) and a mesmerizing woman named Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale). Edward is intrigued by Lamb’s modern methods of treating the insane…until a series of unusual events leads him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and pushing Edward to the limits of his conscience. Loosely based on the short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether” by Edgar Allen Poe.
Well that looks interesting. There’s a certain aesthetic vibe that I’m digging here, and knowing the time period, it looks like the treatment for various mental illnesses may be even more bonkers than the actual inmates. Stonehearst Asylum is out later this year.
Last Updated: August 1, 2014