One weird thing about Stonehearst Asylum is that I had never heard of the film before today, despite a cast featuring Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Kate Beckinsale, but suddenly it’s a real entity with a trailer and poster and everything. Of course that can happen when you’ve been operating under the name Eliza Graves (a film I had been aware of) for several years and haven’t announced a title change. Brad Anderson (The Call) directed it from a screenplay by Joe Gangemi. The film is based on the Edgar Allan Poe story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.
In the film Jim Sturgess plays a recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues, though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change. The film also stars Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis. Hit the jump for the Stonehearst Asylum trailer and poster.
I’m not sure if I’m really gelling with the trailer’s aesthetic, though I do like the “inmates running the asylum” angle writ large like this. Trailer via YouTube: