|Laufzeit:||Ca. 108 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
Contents: In 1899, the young ambitious physician Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) comes to the remote sanatorium Stonehearst to visit the renowned Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) to learn the latest revolutionary methods of treating mental illness. The institution accommodates especially well-to-do patients, among them the beautiful Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale), who immediately has a very special attraction for Edward. But the young man is also fascinated by the conditions in Stonehearst, where patients can run free and let their insanity run free. It seems to be the perfect place for his training. But one night, when he follows strange noises that lead him to the basement of the institution, he uncovers a cruel secret that makes his stay in Stonehearst an extremely dangerous affair not only for him...
Director Brad Anderson has already proved more than impressive in his dark "Session 9" that he knows how to use madhouses as the scene for atmospheric horror. Also in "Stonehearst Asylum" he goes behind the walls of such an institution, which is still inhabited by patients and staff this time, in contrast to "Session 9". Based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, Anderson has staged an old-fashioned horror fairy tale in the best sense of the word that scores with an atmospheric setting, a few effective goose bumps and a great cast. From Michael Caine to Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale and Brendan Gleeson to Jim Sturgess, not only the main characters, but also smaller supporting roles are cast in a first-class manner.
What the film lacks, on the other hand, is a certain independence. Too often memories of movies like "Shutter Island" or the second season of the series "American Horror Story" come up. The really big surprises are missing, which makes the tension suffer a little. The fact that the visit to the "Stonehearst Asylum" was nevertheless so worth seeing is due to Anderson's feeling for a dense atmosphere. It's hard not to be taken in by the dark mood of the production and thus fall for the very special charm of this story.
For whom a lot of blood and guts make a good horror movie, this home cinema premiere will probably be rather boring. But if you appreciate the dignified horror of the old school and don't mind it when a dark mystery plot and a classic love story are told, you shouldn't miss Anderson's latest directing work. No milestone of the genre, but first-class goose bump cinema - and there is a very clear one for that: Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + Sound: The picture and sound quality of the DVD is on a good to very good level. While the sound of the movie's atmosphere remains rather restrained, yet has some very effective surround moments to offer, the very clean picture convinces with a good overall sharpness and an atmospheric color scheme. Good contrasts and neatly balanced black values ensure that the image shows only little loss of quality even in the numerous darker sequences. Good!
Extras: Bonus material the DVD unfortunately does not have to offer.
Fazit: "Stonehearst Asylum" is a classic horror story that tells its exciting story in atmospheric pictures. A little bit of "Shutter Island", a pinch of classic horror in the style of the Hammer-Studios and of course the typical Edgar Allan Poe flair makes the filming of a short story of this master of horror a gripping mystery thriller, which can also score with a first-class cast ensemble. Those who generally appreciate the bloodless goose bump cinema of the old school should definitely buy this DVD despite the lack of extras. Recommended
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