Top Ten Movies Set in Asylums

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Abandoned buildings are creepy. Abandoned hospitals and insane asylums are creepiest of them all. So journey with us through a top ten list of creepy movies set in asylums, abandoned or otherwise.

 

 

Broke and Bookish are taking a break until August 15th with their topics for Top Ten Tuesday, so we’re going to fill the slot with some movie related lists until they’re back at it!

 

 


Bedlam

Bedlam Cover - Top Ten Movies Set in Asylums Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary’s of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries to bring support to reforming Bedlam, but the cruel Master Sims who runs it has her committed there. The inmates, however, have the last say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ninth Configuration

The Ninth Configuration - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsA new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S. Army soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out their crazy fantasies while combating his own long-suppressed insanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isola

Isola - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsWhen a woman, able to read the thoughts of others, comes to help survivors of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, she encounters a girl with Multiple Personality Disorder whose dangerous 13th personality, Isola, must be stopped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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House on Haunted Hill

House on Haunted Hill - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsAn amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Session 9

Session 9 - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsTensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gothika

Gothika - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsA repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Jacket

The Jacket - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsA Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor’s experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ward

The Ward - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsAn institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grave Encounters

Grave Encounters - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsFor their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stonehearst Asylum

Stonehearst Asylum - Top Ten Movies Set in AsylumsAn Oxford graduate takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the “revolutionary” new treatments are inhumane and that there is more going on than meets the eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are there any crazy-good movies that we’ve left out? Let us know! Want to talk about any of them? Catch us in the comments!

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #26

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

07/01/2017 – 07/07/2017

 

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

 

It’s a perfect week! How cool is that? Hopefully pretty cool since things are getting hot this summer.

 

 

 


Lovelocks Brian McNaughton

Synopsis:
Caleb Hopkins is in love with Abishag Barebones but her father doesn’t like him very much. Caleb decides to bind Abishag to him using magic but which witch is the bewitcher?

Review:
A pretty good story and the image of a man ” bumping down the street on his hindquarters” is definitely…different.


MagpieBrian McNaughton

Synopsis:
Dwight likes to steal things, particularly ladies purses. Especially since it gets them to his house for the night. the suspicion falls on an unknown woman who my have lifted the purse. The tables are turned though, when he finds out that this particular lady he’s trying to lure back to his house has lifted his nitro pills. They were in her purse…

Review:
Two stories by the same author right in a row! I don’t think that’s happened before. A pretty enjoyable story with a nicely dark twist of humour at the end. Although her excuse that she didn’t think the pills were important is kind of lame. Most pills that people bother to carry on them usually are important. and nitros in particular are pretty recognizable.


Making it RightBob Stein

Synopsis:
While driving drunk Charlie narrowly manages to not hit a child crossing the road but does hit the little boy’s dog. Despite trying to talk his way out of it the boy insists that Charlie must “make it right”. Charlie thinks the boy wants money but he doesn’t. He just wants Charlie to “make it right”.

Review:
Loved this story. Some people can be very heartless when it comes to accidentally hitting an animal. I like the little boy’s method of making it right.


Mall of the DeadDel Stone Jr.

Synopsis:
When Beverly comes out of the dressing room everyone is dead. She thinks there must be something going on since displays in the mall are broken and even mannequins are scattered amongst the dead bodies. The police arrive as she makes it to the front door and they tell her it’s happening everywhere. The mannequins are getting even.

Review:
This actually gave me the creeps because mannequins creep me out. Although with the weird torso only ones now they wouldn’t get very far.


Many Happy Returns Brian McNaughton

Synopsis:
A man who has lost his wife has moved into a new home. At first he notices strangers appearing and disappearing quickly in the alley. After that he notices a door into his home that’s been bricked up. Coming home one night he sees that the door is ajar and people who have passed away are inviting him in.

Review:
Aaaah! He’s back again! But with a very good story so we’ll let it slide. A little sad but a little hopeful at the same time. I like to think he found his Susan through the doorway.


MemoryMollie L. Burleson

Synopsis:
Impersonal office work really gets under Sarah’s skin. That and air conditioning. Co-workers she feels are whispering behind her back, a boss that is constantly looking over her shoulder so today she decides to quit. And discovers she can’t. The whiff of brimstone reminds her why she’s there and why she’ll always be there.

Review:
I’m so happy I found this story again! I’ve always remembered it and I loved it but since I read a lot of anthologies and collections I could not remember where it came from. That being said I’ve always liked (that might be a strange term, maybe intrigued would be a better word) by the idea of Hell as a personalized thing. As it says right in the story “what bothers one person may not bother another”. So a ‘one size fits all’ Hell never really made sense to me.


The Midwife’s Temptation Michael L. McComas (I don’t usually put trigger warnings before the synopsis but I felt this story deserved a few from the subject matter).

Trigger Warning – Highlight to read: Baby deaths, religious themes in the story and review

Synopsis:
A fallen angel, the fallen angel one can presume, tells a midwife that she has a gift. The gift of fore-telling when a child is born whether he be good or evil. After dispatching the first child that she surely knows is damned the ‘angel’ reappears to her. His advice is to hurry the blessed ones to heaven and the born damned to leave. his argument being that ‘evil done to evil matters not to God’. She believes him and carries her task out with zeal. Soon the witchcraft fever is kindled and they come for her one night. She begs the angel to tell them of the gift he has bestowed upon her. Revealing his true form he tells her he gave her no gift. It was all a lie.

Review:
A very good, very interesting story. The temptation spoken of could be meant to reveal the midwife’s pride in being so singled out and a feeling of power at a time when women had little power or agency of their own. And, if you believe in religion, it could also be a way of testing her faith. Because, according to most religions God does care even for the ones who have strayed so if the midwife had thought about it then the angel’s explanation makes no sense.


Favorite of the Week:
This has been a great week for stories. It’s always hard to choose just one but this week it’s very hard. I loved Memory by Mollie L. Burleson. I also loved The Midwife’s Temptation by Michael L. McComas. Of the three by Brian McNaughton my favorite was Magpie.


Thanks for joining us this week and please come back next week for more spooky stories.

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #25

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

06/24/2017 – 06/30/2017

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

 

Step into my parlour said the GracieKat to her readers and let me tell you some tales.

 

 

 

 


 

Like a Charm David Niall Wilson

Synopsis:
Exiting a bar Lucky finds three guys beating up an old man and drives them off. As a thank you the old man gives Lucky a charm in the shape of a bird. Maybe Lucky’s luck will change soon, after all.

Review:
I generally liked the story but it’s full of stereotypes about country people that are a little insulting.


A Likeness of MeDawn Dunn

Synopsis:
John thinks he got lucky when a woman invites him back to her place to see her paintings. Experiencing an odd feeling of deja vu he suddenly knows the awful truth.

Review:
I really liked this one because I love creepy paintings. Especially when the line between creation and creator becomes blurred.


The Little Black DogLinda J. Dunn

Synopsis:
A little girl’s dog runs off when her parents make a stop. The new owners find Blackie and give her a new home. Blackie’s just a little thing but it’s appetite is a little larger than the new owners think it is. Of course, you can’t ask them, they’ve disappeared.

Review:
I loved this story and the twist at the end is great. I thought at first that Blackie might be a werewolf but the answer is a little more…galactic.


Little ManScott M. Brents

Synopsis:
A little boy tells the neighbor about the strange little man he found in the woods. A little creature he killed and now he’s scared he’ll get in trouble. Even though he doesn’t believe him the neighbor says it’ll be ok.

Review:
For such a short story it was kind of all over the place. So it was kind of meh.


Lopez Benjamin Adams

Synopsis:
A wrong number in the middle of the night for a man named Lopez turns into a bizarre mystery for a couple.

Review:
I didn’t really get this one at all. It was a little confusing whether it was a conspiracy or a case of mistaken identity.


Lost Pao Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Synopsis:
A you boy named Pao wanders away from his home when he’s young and returns as a young man speaking cryptically. Then he turns into a monster.

Review:
A good folk tale type of tale but a little blunt and short.


Love Sat Alone on a Foggy PierTerry Campbell

Synopsis:
A man out hunting a ghostly lady on a foggy night meets one but doesn’t realize it. so he keeps coming back, hoping to meet his own Lady of the Lake.


Favorite of the Week:
Kind of slim pickings for this week. I did really like Love Sat Alone on a Foggy Pier by Terry Campbell. I like a good ghost story, especially one with a bit of a romantic element. Scratch that, a mysterious romantic element.


Join us again next week for another round of chilling tales.

Horrors! A Full Year of Horror – #18

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
4/29/2017 – 5/12/2017

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

This week’s post will be a little longer as I’m covering two weeks since last week was Lilyn’s awesome post for Cinco de Mayo.

So settle in, buckle up and hang on for the ride!

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #17

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
4/22/2017 – 4/28/2017

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

So snuggle deep in your beds while I tell you a bedtime story.  Don’t worry, you won’t have nightmares. I promise.

 

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #14

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror
04/01/2017 – 04/07/2017

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

Here we are at the fourteenth week. I can’t begin to tell you guys that I’m so happy you’re following along with me! I would say it’s been a pleasure but hopefully it’s been more creepy than pleasurable. I can honestly say that I’ve had a lot of fun hanging out and interacting with you guys!

Now that the fun part is over it’s now time to walk once again the corridors of horror. The hallways and tunnels are labyrinthine. I hope we don’t get lost…


Early RetirementEdward E. Kramer

Synopsis:
Two friends – one extremely lucky, one not so much, go on a fishing trip together after learning the ‘lucky’ friend has won the million dollar lottery. What could possibly go wrong?

Review:
A very good ‘frenemies’ story. Although the ‘good’ lucky one seems like a bit of a jerk.


The Earwig SongM. Christian

Synopsis:
When you can’t get a song out of your head it’s called an ‘earwig’. Personally, I think that’s a disgusting term for it. Earwigs are disgusting all on their own. Now imagine if that musical earwig were real?

Review:
It puts me in mind of an old story or TV show I’ve seen. I’ll be danged if I can remember which show (or book). It certainly gives a nasty “What if?” to the musical earwig.


Easy MoneyMark Hannah

Synopsis:
Little Timmy is very curious about the Tooth Fairy. He waits with a freshly plucked tooth and his head under the covers to get a god look. But is it really the Tooth Fairy come to claim the tooth? If not, what is it and what has it come for?

Review:
Kind of cute, kind of creepy and kind of icky.


Ebony EyesFrancis Amery

Synopsis:
A queen of an enlightened kingdom reigns alone after the death of the king. Eventually she takes a lover, much younger than herself with beautiful ebony eyes. But the queen is aging and the younger ladies-in-waiting prove to be too much temptation.

Review:
Pretty much the moral of the story is: Don’t piss off a jealous queen. A really good story that reminds me a bit of Westley’s “To the pain!” speech from The Princess bride. It also puts me in mind of another movie quote, paraphrased a bit: “It’s good to be the queen!”


Edwina TalbotBenjamin Adams

Synopsis:
Edwina Talbot is the last person left on Earth after it dies. Strange visions lead her to her rightful place between myth and reality.

Review:
A little bit of a sci-fi flavor made this an interesting story. It was a little easy to tell what Edwina was by the name.


Empathy’s Bed at MidnightMartin R. Soderstrom

Synopsis:
A doctor working at a hospital on the rough side of town. After years of working there she wants to know why. Why do they kill each other. Her actions lead her to the answer but not quite the one she expected.

Review:
I honestly can’t say enough good about this story. It’s awesome with a great ending.


EncoreHugh B. Cave

Synopsis:
Alton Hayes and his middle aged wife buy a house together but Alton doesn’t plan on living there with her for long. He got it for a steal because of it’s haunted reputation.The resident ghost tries to warn Grace of her new husband.

Review:
Very good story, if a little over-used.


Favorite of the Week:
Empathy’s Bed at Midnight was excellent. It actually was a good week for stories but Empathy’s Bed at Midnight by Martin R. Soderstrom was the real stand-out.


Join me again next Friday for another week of horror stories

Devil’s Glen (Horror Novel)

“Seek the gates and save the boy.”

Welcome to Bettendorf. At first glance, it seems like a typical Midwestern town, but take a closer look and you might be surprised.

High schooler Jack Davies sees the darkness coming; he lives with it. Cold voices call out from the closet door; dead hands reach up from under his bed. Although he doesn’t know it, Jack wields a great power.

Now, a smooth-talking preacher has come to town promising freedom and redemption for all who follow his words. But like Jack, this preacher has a secret. Those who heed his call find themselves pawns in his plan to awaken an ancient evil, long ago imprisoned in the dank caves of Devils Glen Park.

With the help of a widowed police officer, a babysitter, and a mysterious spirit called Ava, Jack must find the truth about his hidden power in time to battle the dark forces that have descended upon his town. If he fails, our world will be cast into darkness forever.

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Over the River (Horror)

The horse knows the way

To carry the sleigh

Through the tear and bloodstained snow…

Joslyn Faust passed away in 1940, after losing all but one of her children to death. The Weatherby Mills history books paint her as a kind, generous woman, willing to lend a hand to any one of her neighbors. Weatherby Mills lore, however, blames her ghost for the deaths of at least four men.

That’s where Delilah Isles and Milly West come in.

Working for the New England Spirit Society, the women have seen many violent and cruel attacks by human spirits and non-human entities. After all, the most violent and disturbing cases come to them. They know the myths about Joslyn Faust, so when the case comes their way they are both anxious to start investigating and uncertain whether or not it’s a case for N.E.S.S. But the first time they set foot on the Faust property that uncertainty is vanquished, because Joslyn Faust turns out to be a whole lot darker than they anticipated.

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Horrors! A Full Year of Horror #10

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

03/04/2017 – 03/10/2017

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

Each day I’ll be reading one story per day with a weekly wrap-up on Fridays. If you missed the first post you can find it here.

It’s dark, it’s cold…so cuddle close and we’ll find the light in the darkness together. Maybe, providing the flashlight batteries don’t die.

 

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At the Cemetery Gates (Horror Collection)

A young woman sees an approaching figure in her time-lapse photo project. A small town’s strange illness seems to stem from the local cemetery. Two boys make a grim discovery about death and decay when they sneak into a funeral parlor. AT THE CEMETERY GATES: YEAR ONE is an entertaining and eerie short story collection for fans of the strange, macabre, and supernatural.

 

 

 

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