Stonehearst Asylum

Stonehearst Asylum

DVD - 2015
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When young doctor Edward Newgate arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, he is warmly welcomed by Superintendent Dr. Lamb and a mesmerizing woman by the name of Eliza Grave. 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.
Publisher: Canada :, Distributed exclusively in Canada by Videoville Showtime, Inc.,, [2015].
Copyright Date: ©2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (112 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
2.35:1 widescreen, rda
DVD, rda
video file, DVD, region 1, rda

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ScorchingSun
Mar 09, 2017

Nice twisty thriller with good creepy performances.
A lunatic asylum setting lends itself to sweeping, out-of-bounds shenanigans.
Still, despite blood and menace, the film had just low level excitement.

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Monolith
May 30, 2016

The setting and the ambience set the tone quite well, and the cast was very good (Caine, Kingsley, Beckinsale... would've liked to have seen Brendan Gleeson involved more so). The story, for me, was fair to middling at best, unfortunately.

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fdb045
Nov 20, 2015

Very enjoyable. Above average movie.

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tj_is_cool
Oct 30, 2015

Watchable lunatics are running the asylum type of movie. The doctor was annoying in the beginning but the ending was unexpected.

madison382 Oct 10, 2015

Really good suspense movie. Good surprise ending.

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JEM_LPL
Oct 06, 2015

Looking for a Halloween thriller that keeps you in suspense without a lot of blood? Then check out "Stonehearst Asylum". This shadowy Victorian movie is based on Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather". It's headed by a terrific cast including Michael Caine, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, and Jim Sturgess (who seems to be in everything these days.)

When young Dr. Edward Newgate arrives at Stonehearst Asylum, he finds the staff a bit odd, even frightening. The head doctor (Kingsley) explains that he is using new, progressive methods to cure the patients. There's one patient who seems to have no need of a cure; the beautiful Eliza Graves. She alone seems concerned about Edward's safety, and tells him to run for it. Edward is skeptical, until he finds out what's in the cellar…

The big cast seems awkward at first, yet the writers and directors make sympathetic three dimensional characters out of the patients and staff, even the villainous ones. The atmosphere is eerie and tense, yet there is a note of hope throughout. If you liked "American Horror Story: Asylum", then this one has plenty of twists and turns for you.

7duffy Sep 29, 2015

Great story, great cast, but it can drag at times. Overall, a decent gothic thriller.

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Keogh
Sep 19, 2015

Atmospheric and creepy. The cast is more than compensation for some slow and implausible moments.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 02, 2015

FAst forwarded through the entire CD. Thought it was a waste of time.

Scaltro Jun 26, 2015

A bit boring but worth watching through the end.

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