Psychiatrist Peter Cleve’s clinical eye observes, with apparent professional detachment, the deranged love story between Stella Raphael, the wife of a criminal asylum’s deputy manager, and Edgar Stark, a patient who’s there for killing his wife. But tragedy is behind the corner.
The plot is a mediocre psycho love drama, skilfully and smartly set up, with a predictable ending and too many coups de theatre. The only true surprise comes up too late.
In this penny dreadful, McGrath reminds more of a marketing expert rather than a good writer, which explains the popularity of Asylum and its huge commercial success.
Translation by Sara Di Girolamo