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 Graves. Edward is intrigued by Lamb's modern methods of treating the insane until a series of unusual events lead him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb's utopia and pushing Edward to the limits of his conscience. Inspired by a short story from Edgar Allan Poe, Stonehearst Asylum is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be.
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- Brad Anderson
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Stonehearst Asylum is a thriller based on the Edgar Allan Poe story "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether." Violence isn't particularly gory or extreme, but the movie does have some disturbing images of the inside of an asylum, as well as some fighting, death, weapons, and extreme "cures" (including water torture and a "nausea machine"). A female patient seduces a guard with kisses, and the moment leads to violence. There's some general flirting and affection between the male and female leads. Set in 1899, the language is archaic and includes the English affectations of "shite" and "fecking." Characters drink and smoke cigars in a background way, and knockout drugs ("Mickey Finns") are used in alcoholic beverages. Heroin is mentioned as medicine for hysteria. The movie is OK for stalwart teens, though horror hounds will be disappointed by the lack of gore; this movie is more about atmosphere and ideas than screams.
- Sexual Content
- A female patient seduces a male guard, allowing him to kiss her and then kissing him back. A man pats a nurse on her bottom. Some flirting and affection between the male and female leads. Drawings of a woman's anatomy on a chalkboard in the background of a classroom. "Chronic masturbation" is mentioned.
- A woman has a disturbing hysterical fit. A man hurls himself off a cliff. Dead bodies are shown. Characters fight and try to strangle one another. Knives and guns are drawn. A man is buried in a coal bin. Broken bottles are used as weapons. Characters catch on fire. Disturbing images of an asylum, with strange behavior, diseased and damaged patients, and general misery. "Cures" include electroshock therapy, water torture, and "nausea machines." In a flashback, many characters are shot and killed. Descriptions of violent events, a woman biting a man's ear off, a man killing a woman with a hammer.
- "Shite" (English pronunciation) and "fecking" (English pronunciation) are used. "Jesus, Mary & Joseph" is used as an exclamation. Obscene finger gestures.
- Social Behavior
- Shows how far kindness and patience can go, although there's more than a little deception and trickery mixed up with them. Otherwise, characters merely wish to assert power over one another.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A sick character is said to have been given "four grains of heroin." Some characters drink in a casual, social way. (Some drinks are spiked with knockout drugs.) Characters smoke cigars in a casual way.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it