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17th Feb '18 5:33:33 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Session 9}}'' is set in the real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danvers_State_Hospital Danvers State Hospital]] ten years after is was closed and abandoned. It's hinted to be haunted by a demon.

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* ''Film/{{Session 9}}'' ''Film/StairwayToLight'' features an 18th-century insane asylum that is set in actually a prison, with mental patients chained to the real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danvers_State_Hospital Danvers State Hospital]] ten years after is was closed and abandoned. It's hinted walls of cells, sprayed with water hoses for discipline, left to be haunted rot for decades. Reformist director Phillipe Pinel seeks to help the inmates by a demon.letting them out of their chains.
4th Feb '18 9:09:48 AM nombretomado
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* The blasted plains of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Stygia]] in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' are littered with Dark Sanitariums that are either this trope played straight or just an empty hollow shell that eats hope. Fortunately, by the time the player characters arrive on the scene they're ''usually'' abandoned save for hints of what once happened there. Stygia's angelic rivals also had an unhealthy understanding of mental illness but used a [[LotusEaterMachine different]] strategy.

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* The blasted plains of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Stygia]] in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' are littered with Dark Sanitariums that are either this trope played straight or just an empty hollow shell that eats hope. Fortunately, by the time the player characters arrive on the scene they're ''usually'' abandoned save for hints of what once happened there. Stygia's angelic rivals also had an unhealthy understanding of mental illness but used a [[LotusEaterMachine different]] strategy.
26th Jan '18 1:03:43 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver'': In "A Prisoner of Conscience", Mac fakes insanity so he can infiltrate a Russian mental hospital to break out a political dissident.

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* ''Series/MacGyver'': ''Series/MacGyver1985'': In "A Prisoner of Conscience", Mac fakes insanity so he can infiltrate a Russian mental hospital to break out a political dissident.
4th Jan '18 1:57:53 AM jormis29
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** One {{Elseworld}}, ''The Batman of Arkham'', had Bruce Wayne as a psychiatrist in an Early 20th-Century Arkham... where, in a surprising subversion, he genuinely helps people. The story opens with a breakthrough therapy session with Killer Croc, who is nearly rehabilitated because Dr. Wayne simply treated him like a human being instead of chaining him like an animal. Later, Wayne says that before he came, Arkham was indeed "the old Bedlam, where unfortunates were whipped, chained, and starved." But under the later direction of Dr. Crane, it reverts to the old ways immediately. Things got better.

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** One {{Elseworld}}, ''The Batman of Arkham'', ''ComicBook/TheBatmanOfArkham'', had Bruce Wayne as a psychiatrist in an Early 20th-Century Arkham... where, in a surprising subversion, he genuinely helps people. The story opens with a breakthrough therapy session with Killer Croc, who is nearly rehabilitated because Dr. Wayne simply treated him like a human being instead of chaining him like an animal. Later, Wayne says that before he came, Arkham was indeed "the old Bedlam, where unfortunates were whipped, chained, and starved." But under the later direction of Dr. Crane, it reverts to the old ways immediately. Things got better.
2nd Jan '18 6:57:17 PM nombretomado
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* All of the scenarios in ''TheHoldersSeries'' take place in one of these.

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* All of the scenarios in ''TheHoldersSeries'' ''Literature/TheHoldersSeries'' take place in one of these.
15th Dec '17 9:13:32 PM snichols1973
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* ''Music/NapoleonXIV'''s novelty hit "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha!":
-->[''chorus'']: They're coming to take me away, ha haaa,\\
They're coming to take me away, [[LaughingMad ha ha, hee hee, ho ho,]]\\
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time,\\
[[SanitySlippage And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats]]\\
And they're coming to take me away...\\
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds\\
[[SanitySlippage And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes]]\\
And they're coming to take me away, ha haaa...! [''fade out'']
21st Nov '17 5:48:04 PM oknazevad
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' - the children's psychiatric unit wasn't one of these as such... but Lisbeth Salander got special treatment. [[spoiler: It's implied that there was a conspiracy to turn her TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour into serious mental disability, through psychological torture]]



* Averted in ''Series/{{House}}'', when House eventually checks into a mental hospital in the finale of season 5. It doesn't look very promising from the outside, but the staff are honestly trying to help him - the biggest issue is House ''accepting'' the help. The other patients prove to be interesting influences on House. The outside looked foreboding because it was an ex-bedlam house, called Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. (Greystone is still in business, but has been extensively renovated and keeps up with modern treatment techniques.)

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* Averted in ''Series/{{House}}'', when House eventually checks into a mental hospital in the finale of season 5. It doesn't look very promising from the outside, but the staff are honestly trying to help him - the biggest issue is House ''accepting'' the help. The other patients prove to be interesting influences on House. The outside looked foreboding because it was an ex-bedlam house, called Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. (Greystone Hospital in New Jersey. Greystone is still in business, around, but has been extensively renovated (the actual building in the episode has since been demolished) and keeps up with modern treatment techniques.)



* Subverted in ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' - the children's psychiatric unit wasn't one of these as such... but Lisbeth Salander got special treatment. [[spoiler: It's implied that there was a conspiracy to turn her TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour into serious mental disability, through psychological torture]]
5th Nov '17 4:26:50 PM Anicomicgeek
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* Ravencroft in the MarvelUniverse which somehow seems to feature mostly crazed [[SpiderMan Spidey villains]]. It was originally staffed by Dr. Ashley Kafka with Colonel John Jameson (son of the ''Daily Bugle'' publisher) heading security, and they were somewhat competent folks who actually managed to cure a few patients, including Vermin. (A victim of Baron Zemo's gene-splicing technology, Vermin was a rat-like cannibal and originally deemed a hopeless case; Kafka managed to cure him completely.) Unfortunately, both were fired due to some rash decisions by Kafka (she trusted the Chameleon too much in her efforts to help him) and the place only went downhill from there.

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* Ravencroft in the MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse which somehow seems to feature mostly crazed [[SpiderMan [[Franchise/SpiderMan Spidey villains]]. It was originally staffed by Dr. Ashley Kafka with Colonel John Jameson (son of the ''Daily Bugle'' publisher) heading security, and they were somewhat competent folks who actually managed to cure a few patients, including Vermin. (A victim of Baron Zemo's gene-splicing technology, Vermin was a rat-like cannibal and originally deemed a hopeless case; Kafka managed to cure him completely.) Unfortunately, both were fired due to some rash decisions by Kafka (she trusted the Chameleon too much in her efforts to help him) and the place only went downhill from there.



** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' shows that the Scarecrow runs the asylum and is using it as his personal lab as the inmates are often the test subjects for his fear toxin.

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** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' shows that the Scarecrow runs the asylum and is using it as his personal lab as and the inmates are often the test subjects for his fear toxin.
22nd Oct '17 7:04:16 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': in Sam, Interrupted ( season 5), Sam and Dean pose as patients at a mental institute in order to help an old hunter track down something that is killing the patients. however they start to find that maybe they should be there for other reasons.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': in Sam, Interrupted ( season 5), In the Season 5 episode "Sam Interrupted", Sam and Dean pose as patients at a mental institute in order to help an old hunter track down something that is killing the patients. however they start to find that maybe they should be there for other reasons.
5th Oct '17 4:31:17 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** They actually managed to cure one patient. The Cluemaster entered a criminal mastermind who had the compulsive urge to leave clues at his crime scenes, and exited... a criminal mastermind who ''didn't'' leave clues. Oops.

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** They actually managed to cure one patient. The Cluemaster entered a criminal mastermind who had the compulsive urge to leave clues at his crime scenes, and exited... a criminal mastermind who ''didn't'' leave clues. Oops.[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops]].
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