Straight From A Horror Movie
When it comes to locations, there aren’t many places creepier than abandoned insane asylums. They’ve been the subject of numerous horror movies and documentaries, and it’s no coincidence why. These are some of the creepiest asylums around, and their backstories only make them more unsettling.
A Dark History
Although psychiatric institutions still exist today, their predecessors—known as “insane” or “lunatic” asylums—were a much darker thing altogether. Because they were often overbooked, those who stayed within them were often neglected or even abused, whether or not they actually needed medical attention.
They were popular during a time when psychiatric methods, such as lobotomies and electroshock therapy, were common practice. These six still-standing institutions give insight into a different time.
Danvers State Hospital
Danvers State Hospital is a gothic building located in Massachussets. After its construction in the 1870s, it was opened as a home to treat the mentally ill and insane. Although the goal was to treat those staying inside with compassion, rumors soon spread that they weren’t upholding the goal.
Birthplace of the Lobotomy
Danvers State Hospital is considered the birthplace of the lobotomy, which should give more than enough reason it’s considered to be creepy. Lobotomies were a way of treating mental illness by scraping away connections between the prefrontal cortex and enterior part of the brain. They often resulted in a despondent and dissociative patient with catastrophic side effects.