Jim Sturgess plays a novice doctor obsessed with madness in “Stonehearst Asylum.” Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and Kate Beckinsale co-star in the turn-of-the-century creep-fest, though the trailer remains vague as to the extent of their insanity.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the troubled mind, since as long as I can remember,” says Sturgess, approaching the foreboding (and titular) loony bin for the first time. “I have the desire and the training, all I lack is the clinical experience.”
“When you found the key to what a man fears most,” says Caine, “you will have discovered the key to his madness.” It’s unclear whether he is one of the mad ones himself — at certain points his character dresses like a doctor and at other points he’s locked away in a dark, dingy basement.
“We’re all mad,” says Kingsley. “Some are simply not mad enough to admit it.”
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“Stonehearst Asylum,” which is distributed by Millennium Films, hits theaters and on-demand Oct. 24.