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Checking into hospital isn’t fun at the best of times, but there are certain cinematic hospitals you would never want to be a patient in.

1. Session 9

Session 9An abandoned mental asylum hides terrible secrets

2. Fragile

fragile2Something stalks a children’s ward that’s in the process of being closed down, and is hurting the remaining kids.

3. Grave Encounters

grave-encounters-movie-ghost-screamingJust don’t watch the sequel.

4. Shutter Island

Shutter-Island-001I loved that the asylum was so excluded on this little island, and that there was this huge fortress-like prison for the criminally insane.

5. American Horror Story: Asylum

nun-goes-to-asylum-door-in-american-horror-story-images-22While I feel like the series suffered somewhat from trying to take on too many different plotlines, Briarcliff itself is terrifying.

6. The Silence of the Lambs

SilenceoftheLambs02Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, specifically the dungeon that housed Hannibal Lecter.

7. Jacob’s Ladder

Picture 45This terrifying vision scene really was of a hospital from hell

8. The Exorcist 3

6854975754_48a60d12aa_bHome to demonic forces that entail nurses being stalked by a sheeted figure wielding gigantic shears, and old ladies who randomly crawl on the ceiling.

9. The Brood

The.Brood.1979.XviD.Kasset.avi_snapshot_01.18.04_[2011.08.24_22.52.07]A psychiatrist encourages his patients to manifest their feelings of anger physically, leading to horrific (and gross) consequences.

10. Asylum

6885713420_4b5d85913e_bA portmanteau film featuring a psychiatrist who interviews several patients in a psychiatric ward and finds something distinctly uncanny about their stories