Stonehearst Asylum is loosely based on a book from Edgar Allan Poe available on free movie websites and apps. Something odd about this mental hospital rubs the new doctor the wrong way and the truth is shocking. “Don’t believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see.”
Set in the year 1899 at Christmas an Oxford graduate Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) travels to his new job at a mental asylum. As Edward is shown around by the lead doctor Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley), Edward becomes attracted to one of the patients Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale). Soon after Edward realizes that the “revolutionary” new treatments are inhumane, and that something more is going on.
A great mix of creepy, weird, touching, uncomfortable, action and shocking scenes. Awesome acting, great asylum set, all star cast makes this a great movie to watch. The movie does the book justice.
My Rating: 9 out of 10