Season 3: Episode 82 - Stonehearst Asylum
The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether (1845)
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
The 1845 short story by Edgar Allan Poe centres on an unnamed and naïve narrator visiting a mental asylum in the southern provinces of France. It deals with a new treatment for patients called soothing, they are granted the freedom and roam the grounds in normal clothing. The doctors humour their hallucinations and fantasies without contradiction. For example, if patient thinks he is a chicken, the patient is treated like a chicken and given corn to eat.
Stonehearst Asylum or Eliza Graves as it is also known is a loosely based adaption of the source material. Taking its cue from the horrors of Victorian medicine, the film would star David Thewlis, Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Jason Fleming and Ben Kingsley.
Opening Credits – Inmates (We’re All Crazy) by Alice Cooper from the album From the Inside
Closing Credits – From the Inside by Alice Cooper from the album From the Inside
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