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October 24th, 2014

Stonehearst Asylum released in the US today, which means that it is time for our traditional Review Round-Up!! Yes, we read through them in order to bring you positivity, and those reviews with interesting insight on Jim. The reviews have been fifty-fifty on this release, some good, some bad, but we are still having fun here at JSO. Our favorite reviews came from The Village Voice, for invoking the legendary Vincent Price, and Joblo.com, since they are one of the classier and more lighthearted movie blogs out there.

Not a horror movie per se, but still containing horror elements, Stonehearst Asylum is a well-made, well-acted tale that could find an audience among viewers looking for a spooky story that doesn’t deliver a pile of dead teenagers.

Sturgess offered the most enthralling performance in the film, as he enticingly portrayed Edward as the most rational and practical protagonist, particularly when he first arrived at the asylum. The actor subtly and powerfully showcased the new doctor’s charm around everyone as he starts to get used to the routine of the patients’ care, and enchantingly tries to maintain his sense of professionalism and honor even when he starts to discover the taunting secrets of everyone residing at the institution… The performer, who has rightfully gained in his career for such diverse films as the crime drama 21, the historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl and the Beatles-infused musical, Across the Universe, has once again proved his versatility with his leading role in the Victorian-era thriller, Stonehearst Asylum.

Stonehearst Asylum takes care in conveying that suffering from a serious mental health disorder is its own form of hell, one that can turn people into someone or something they’re not. It’s often gripping to watch Newgate attempt to look deeper into the psyches of the patients he encounters.Stonehearst Asylum is very well acted by an ace cast and atmospherically photographed by cinematographer Tom Yatsko. It also interestingly weaves mental health problems and their treatments into its mystery plot.

Stonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson’s adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe story, is undeniably preposterous. But if you accept the grandly Gothic insanity here, there’s a lot of fun to be had…..Anderson (The Call) and writer Joe Gangemi take Poe’s original premise and double down, adding wild-eyed revelations and operatic atmospherics. They infuse the whole nutty affair with a surprising dose of deep compassion. In the end, it’s the humanity, not the horror, that sticks with you.
NY Daily News

As Edward Newgate, Jim Sturgess steals the heart with a sincerity and kindness. So poignant and beautiful in quiet moments such as those between Edward and an elderly dementia patient awaiting her son, Sturgess elevates the character and story even higher in powerful scenes displaying mental gymnastics opposite Ben Kingsley’s Lamb and even moreso in scenes between Edward and Guillaume Delaunay’s Arthur; a man suffering with facial and bodily disfigurement. A scene fraught with ferocity and fear is turned into one of tenderness with one word of kindness and Sturgess’ facial expressiveness, providing not only powerful moments within the film itself, but great societal commentary. (This is a long and detailed review covering all major aspects of the film)

Gore and violence are passed over for a constant feeling of dread which surrounds our heroes, giving Stonehearst Asylum the feel of an old-fashioned Hammer horror flick.  …Stonehearst Asylum is an effective period thriller, more than worthy of your next seasonal horror marathon.
Under The Radar
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Sturgess’ Newgate is the glue meant to hold it all together, and he makes the young protege’s conflicted thoughts very real. But like many of the actor’s roles, his performance is far better than the finished project, as was his card-counting MIT mastermind in 21 and his romantic leading man in One Day.
LA Times

Just in time for Halloween, a blood-curdling horror called Stonehearst Asylum has arrived to boil your nerves and fry your hair. No silly vampires, lovesick werewolves or wet, web-footed creatures from the black lagoon this time. Just real, sadistic psychos like the fiends Karloff and Lugosi used to relish in their sleep….Elegantly costumed and photographed, stealthily directed with a maximum of suspense and solidly acted, this is the best madhouse movie since Bedlam.
NY Observer

With Stonehearst Asylum, director Brad Anderson doles out a vintage Halloween treat — a straightforward Poe adaptation of the sort that Vincent Price used to star in — and gives it a freshness and complexity that make it a delight. Anderson never forgets that his primary job is ratcheting up the suspense, but the implicit criticism of psychiatry without compassion makes this confection unusually filling. Vincent Price never had it so good.
The Village Voice

Jim Sturgess always makes for a sympathetic protagonist, and he conveys a believable amount of compassion in the part, even if it seems a bit unreal that a doctor would so quickly find himself entranced by a patient, even if she happens to look like Beckinsale. …It’s a bit of a surprise that Stonehearst Asylum is getting such a low-key release, as it’s not a bad little genre film, with some nice production design and a classy score by composer John Debney (a regular of co-producer Mel Gibson). While it’s not especially terrifying, it’s a fun, affectionate throwback to an older kind of horror movie - the kind someone like Val Lewton would have produced back in the forties (it actually has a lot in common with his 1946 film BEDLAM). It’s definitely worth checking out, and Sturgess, Beckinsale, Kingsley and Caine are always worth watching.

Stonehearst Asylum is a throwback to more intricate, spooky tales that rarely make it onto the screen anymore. Each time it veers close to predictability, it introduces a new twist that seems natural rather than just a convenient turn away from a red herring. As the movie nears its conclusion, you’ll find yourself emotionally invested in the dilemmas facing both Newgate and those who oppose him, a compelling foundation for any film but especially for a small-scale gem like this one. Ultimately, Stonehearst Asylum isn’t quite as terrifying as some of Anderson’s previous efforts. But it is an effective enough gothic mystery to get you in the mood for this Halloween season and ideal for those who prefer a good, old school chiller to a trite, tedious blood-spiller.


October 24th, 2014

A new interview was published yesterday, and it certainly is a good one. Available in full at MrPorter.com, it also features nice photos from Boo George. Topics include yet another summarization of Jim’s start in the industry, plus interesting anecdotes from all three of his upcoming films, Stonehearst Asylum, Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, and London Fields.

In Stonehearst Asylum, which is released on 24 October in the US, he plays a young doctor who arrives at a mental hospital and soon realises all is not as it should be. The psychological thriller stars Sir Ben Kingsley, Ms Kate Beckinsale and Sir Michael as the mysterious Dr Salt. Best moment during filming? “I got shouted at by Michael Caine,” he says proudly. “Got the finger-point from him.”

Jim Sturgess with Bobby George
Jim was seen with Bobby George (right) at a darts match earlier this year

For the role in London Fields, Mr Sturgess has left nothing to chance. He spent time with an unlikely legend of British sport, the flamboyant darts pro Mr Bobby George. “ There was this moment when I was sitting there having lunch with Johnny Depp and Bobby George, the three of us, at Elstree [Studios]. Johnny had no idea who Bobby was and Bobby had no idea who Johnny was, but they got on like a house on fire.”

Check out the interview in full at MrPorter.com and the photos are now in our gallery


October 23rd, 2014

Stonehearst Asylum opens tomorrow, October 24th, in theaters and VOD.


Below is a list of theaters in the US from Jim’s Facebook page:

New York
AMC Empire 25

AMC South Barrington 30

AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18

AMC Mesquite 30

AMC Studio 30

AMC Westminster Promenade 24

Los Angeles
Sundance Sunset Cinemas

AMC Arizona Center 24

AMC Southcenter 16


Cable and satellite subscribers should check their local ‘on demand’ channels for more information on availability.


October 20th, 2014

A new clip debuted on iTunes today featuring Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, and Sir Ben Kingsley. Watch as Dr. Newgate has his first introduction to some of the patients at the asylum.

Russian Banner - Click to enlarge

Postcard stock and heavy glossy print flyers have become very collectible lately, especially those from Russia and Japan. Below is the artwork for both the front and back of the Russian flyer.
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October 18th, 2014

Thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com we have another exclusive clip from Stonehearst Asylum.

This lengthy clip takes you into a cell where Jim Sturgess comes face-to-face with a patient (Guillaume Delaunay), and he’s super angry.

Opening October 24 from Millennium, check out this exclusive clip from Brad Anderson’s (Session 9, The Machinist) Stonehearst Asylum, starring Underworld‘s Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Brendan Gleeson.


October 17th, 2014

Thanks to the folks at Collider.com we now have a new clip from Stonehearst Asylum. Watch as Michael Caine begs Jim Sturgess to help him escape the asylum dungeon.

They have also included the official synopsis for Stonehearst Asylum:

England, 1899. When young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, he is warmly welcomed by superintendent Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) and a mesmerizing woman named Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale). Edward is intrigued by Lamb’s modern methods of treating the insane … until a series of unusual events leads him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and pushing Edward to the limits of his conscience. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, STONEHEARST ASYLUM is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be.

Additionally, ten new stills have been added to our gallery. Here are a few - click to enlarge, and check out all the other stills here


October 14th, 2014

Thanks to The Wrap, big news for Electric Slide

Paragon Releasing will distribute Tristan Patterson’s movie in theaters next April

Paragon Releasing has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Tristan Patterson’s heist film “Electric Slide” from Myriad Pictures, the companies announced Monday.

Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert and Vinessa Shaw star in the film, which will be released theatrically in the U.S. in April 2015.

“‘Electric Slide’ represents a new wave of theatrical films from Paragon Pictures. We are delighted to be releasing ‘Electric Slide,’ a taut thriller with a great love story at its core. We are also delighted to be working with Myriad Pictures and hope to work on more films together in the future,” said Paragon president/CEO Evan Crooke.

“Electric Slide” was produced by Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico, Hans Ritter and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon, and executive produced by Philip von Alvensleben, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Timothy Ford, Brad Simpson, Media House Capital’s Aaron Gilbert and Pat Murray, Jacob Pechenik of Venture Forth, Eric Eisner and John Wells.

The deal was negotiated by Myriad’s D’Amico and Tom Loftus, and the UTA Independent Film Group’s Bec Smith and Hailey Wierengo on behalf of the filmmakers, with Crooke of Paragon.

Based on an article by Timothy Ford, “Electric Slide” follows high-living, charismatic Eddie Dodson (Sturgess), the owner of a posh furniture store in 1980’s Los Angeles. When Eddie meets the cool and aloof Paulene (Lucas), the attraction is instant and the two live out each other’s fast-paced fantasies until Eddie’s high-rolling life catches up with him and loan sharks start knocking on his door. To pay off his debts, Eddie and Paulene begin a spree of bank robberies across LA, charming tellers at over 60 banks to hand over the cash. They soon find themselves on the run from loan sharks and with the police hot on their trail.


October 11th, 2014

As we move closer to the October 24th release date, more goodies are showing up online. We now have a third clip exclusive to Entertainment Weekly that features Jim Sturgess and Kate Beckingsale.

We have also found some more nice stills, including two behind the scenes images. Look for director Brad Anderson with the beard! More stills will be posted soon. Check out the latest additions to our gallery here

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October 7th, 2014

Two clips have been released from Stonehearst Asylum (previously known as Eliza Graves), on the Italian movie site Movieplayer.it

Click the images to go to the videos. Don’t worry that the ads before the clips are in Italian, the clips are in English.

The Christmas Spirit

This clip features Edward Newgate being offered a suspicious drink by Mickey Finn (played by David Thewlis). Ben Kingsley and Kate Beckinsale are also featured.

The Prisoners

Edward Newgate meets Dr. Salt (played by Michael Caine) and discovers a bit more about what is going on at the asylum.

The film opens in theaters and VOD on October 24, 2014.

Directed by Brad Anderson, the film tells of a recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution and soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues — though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.


October 2nd, 2014

Stonehearst Asylum, previously known as Eliza Graves, will be presented on October 23rd at the ninth International Rome Film Festival ( October 16 to 25 ). Due to this being the European premiere of the film, it will compete in the Mondo Genere. Only feature films that are world, international or European premieres are considered for selection in this category. At the end of each screening, the audience will give their vote and assign the People’s Choice Award | Mondo Genere.

Visit the festival website to see the other films in competition.




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