Trailer: Brad Anderson Adapts Poe in “STONEHEARST ASYLUM”

Director Brad Anderson has adapted Edgar Allan Poe’s “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether,” in this October’s Gothic horror film, STONEHEARST ASYLUM. Find the first trailer, which blurs the lines between help and harm, doctor and patient, below.

In England, 1899, “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.”

Looking like a solid array of period horror comfort food (spooky asylum, old medical technology, mustaches), STONEHEARST ASYLUM also has a familiar air thanks to Anderson and Kingsley’s own histories with questionable institutions (the great SESSION 9, SHUTTER ISLAND).

Expect more on STONEHEARST ASYLUM here at Fango. For extracurricular activities, check out THE MANSION OF MADNESS for a dark, absurd adaptation of the same tale, as well as HEARTLESS, which is simply an undervalued horror film Jim Sturgess also stars in.

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