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22nd Jan '17 4:39:39 PM Xtifr
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* The grandaddy of all Bedlam House-themed songs would have to be the traditional British folk song [[http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_O%27Bedlam Tom O'Bedlam]]. The folk-rock band SteeleyeSpan adapted this song as "Boys of Bedlam."

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* The grandaddy of all Bedlam House-themed songs would have to be the traditional British folk song [[http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_O%27Bedlam Tom O'Bedlam]]. The folk-rock band SteeleyeSpan Music/SteeleyeSpan adapted this song as "Boys of Bedlam."
20th Jan '17 2:55:51 PM littletp
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* "{{Down Below}}" by [[{{Surrealism}} Leonora Carrington]], who was given experimental seizure-inducing drugs when she was interned after a nervous breakdown.

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* "{{Down Below}}" ''Down Below'' by [[{{Surrealism}} Leonora Carrington]], who was given experimental seizure-inducing drugs when she was interned after a nervous breakdown.
20th Jan '17 2:53:51 PM littletp
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* "Down Below" by [[{{Surrealism}} Leonora Carrington]], who was given experimental seizure-inducing drugs when she was interned after a nervous breakdown.

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* "Down Below" "{{Down Below}}" by [[{{Surrealism}} Leonora Carrington]], who was given experimental seizure-inducing drugs when she was interned after a nervous breakdown.
20th Jan '17 2:48:08 PM littletp
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* Music/EmilieAutumn wrote her book, ''Literature/TheAsylumForWaywardVictorianGirls'', about her experiences in a real life example of this trope.
** Another account is "Down Below" by [[{{Surrealism}} Leonora Carrington]], who was given experimental seizure-inducing drugs when she was interned after a nervous breakdown.

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* Music/EmilieAutumn wrote her book, ''Literature/TheAsylumForWaywardVictorianGirls'', about her experiences in a real life example of this trope.
** Another account is "Down
*"Down Below" by [[{{Surrealism}} Leonora Carrington]], who was given experimental seizure-inducing drugs when she was interned after a nervous breakdown.
17th Jan '17 7:05:49 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Arkham Asylum is less a case of Bedlam House in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' than in the source comic. The architecture is still oppressive, and the better-known inmates seem to enjoy making life hell for each other, but it is shown to have some good doctors, who have some [[StatusQuoIsGod sadly temporary]] success with Harvey Dent, Harley Quinn and Edward Nygma.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** In general,
Arkham Asylum is less a case of Bedlam House in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' than in the source comic. The architecture is still oppressive, and the better-known inmates seem to enjoy making life hell for each other, but it is shown to have some good doctors, who have some [[StatusQuoIsGod sadly temporary]] success with Harvey Dent, Harley Quinn and Edward Nygma.



** Ironically, one episode of the series where the staff seems competent at both treating and restraining inmates is in "Dreams in Darkness" where Batman is accidentally committed, and seems to have more trouble escaping (or convincing the doctors he is sane) than most of the inmates do.



* Though not depicted as evil, ''TheSimpsons'' does have a recurring mental institute known as the "New Bedlam Rest Home for the Emotionally Interesting". The horror factor here seems to be the ease with which a resident of Springfield can be committed to it. Homer ends up in it for carelessly letting Bart fill out a self-report mental exam at work. And when Ned Flanders checks himself in after a simple [[RantInducingSlight emotional breakdown]], the disinterested admitting nurse only asks if he wants to be camly shown his room or dragged off kicking and screaming. Ned cheerfully chooses the kicking and screaming.

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* Though not depicted as evil, ''TheSimpsons'' does have a recurring mental institute known as the "New Bedlam Rest Home for the Emotionally Interesting". The horror factor here seems to be the ease with which a resident of Springfield can be committed to it. Homer ends up in it for carelessly letting Bart fill out a self-report mental exam at work. (Several elements of the story lampoon ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'') And when Ned Flanders checks himself in after a simple [[RantInducingSlight emotional breakdown]], the disinterested admitting nurse only asks if he wants to be camly shown his room or dragged off kicking and screaming. Ned cheerfully chooses the kicking and screaming. (Ironically, the doctor in charge there seems rather competent.)
17th Jan '17 6:52:21 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Bedlam Houses seem rather specialized, seeing as Freaky Fred is committed to Home for Freaky Barbers. Clearly, the treatment at the place (if there is any) doesn't take, and security there is a little lax, as he escapes shortly before the start of the episode.
13th Jan '17 9:00:39 AM TheKaizerreich
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* Railley in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' is a doctor and researcher into mental health and prophecy in a similar institution in Baltimore, where she meets Cole. Goines, the [[spoiler:suspected villain]], is incarcerated alongside Cole, and gives him the tour. Cole is shown restrained by some very fanciful instruments of torture.

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* Railley in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' is a doctor and researcher into mental health and prophecy in a similar institution in Baltimore, where she meets Cole. Goines, the [[spoiler:suspected villain]], is incarcerated alongside Cole, and gives him the tour. Cole is shown restrained by some very fanciful instruments of torture.torture, but in a way it is justified: to the staff, he's a lunatic who incoherently talks about time travel, plus he's incredibly strong and very resistant to drugs, so they ''had'' to restrain him in some way. The rest of the hospital appears a lot more humane than most fictional examples.
9th Jan '17 8:31:33 AM Racheakt
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* In {{FanFic/Bird}} we have ''Franchise/SilentHill'', but its depiction is largely that of an institution trying to do its best and running into the ever-present issues of staffing and funding, therapy groups and psychologists are present and well-meaning, and most of the inmates are decent people in a bad situation. On the other hand... the lower levels are used as a prison for various superpowered nightmares and creations.

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* In {{FanFic/Bird}} we have Alshemilla Asylumn, a shoutout to ''Franchise/SilentHill'', but its depiction is largely that of an institution trying to do its best and running into the ever-present issues of staffing and funding, therapy groups and psychologists are present and well-meaning, and most of the inmates are decent people in a bad situation. On the other hand... the lower levels are used as a prison for various superpowered nightmares and creations.
9th Jan '17 8:31:00 AM Racheakt
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* In {{FanFic/Bird}} we have ''Franchise/SilentHill'', but its depiction is largely that of an institution trying to do its best and running into the ever-present issues of staffing and funding, therapy groups and psychologists are present and well-meaning, and most of the inmates are decent people in a bad situation. On the other hand... the lower levels are used as a prison for various superpowered nightmares and creations.
3rd Jan '17 8:59:44 PM Xtifr
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* The Funny Farm (St Hilda of Grantham's Home for Distressed Waifs and Strays) in Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' short story "Down On The Farm", has elements of the trope, although the truth is far more bizarre, and possibly even more sinister.

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* The Funny Farm (St Hilda of Grantham's Home for Distressed Waifs and Strays) in Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' short story "Down On The Farm", has elements of the trope, although the truth is far more bizarre, and possibly even more sinister.
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