Did you know that Outlast was inspired by the Real-life mental hospital? Actually they’re 3 mental hospitals that Outlast are inspired, let’s see what are they, and how they can inspire for Outlast
One of the core reasons why “Outlast” became so frightening is the Mt. Massive which is such a terrifying scene that seemed to have only been created in the game, but did you know that “Outlast was inspired by the Real-life mental hospital?
Trenton State Hospital – Terrifying blood corridors
It all started in 1907 when Dr. Henry Cotton was directed to be the medical director. Initially, this seems to be an appropriate choice because Henry refused to use coercion, instead of positive treatments, daily staff meetings to monitor the patient’s situation …
But after discovering that the bacterium that causes syphilis is the cause of some of the patient’s mental symptoms, Cotton is convinced that all psychological illnesses come from infections. To prove his theory, he began conducting horrifying experiments on people with mental illness. He extracted teeth, removed organs and any organs of patients that could “infect”.
What is even more terrible is that he also publicized his inhumane experiments, and was also praised, supported, and covered by some in the industry. Although Cotton retired from the 1930s, it was not until the 1960s that these scary “cure” methods stopped.
Danvers State Hospital – Arkham mental hospital Prototype
The Danvers State Hospital for Mental Crime has been the inspiration for many horror works throughout history. The classic gothic design of this place was used as the basis for the construction of Arkham Injury Center by H.P. Lovecraft (Batman stole this idea) and set the scene of the famous horror film “Session 9”.
This hospital was built in the late 19th century, an ambitious and expensive project at a time when America was still suffering from the costs of the Civil War. However, it was designed with a good purpose of focusing on treating mental patients rather than controlling and imprisoning them. Although its outward appearance is somewhat haunting by its gothic style, the interior is completely bright and airy.
However, things started to get worse since the 20s and 30s of the last century, when the hospital was cut aid, plus overloaded patients, leading to serious degradation. Every day 2,500 patients crowded in a hospital with a maximum capacity of 600 people, overloading the staff and becoming cruel, using extreme measures to control patients such as brain surgery, solitary confinement, or electric shock …
By the end of the 1960s, some parts of the hospital were so degraded that they almost crumbled, and the hospital finally closed in 1985.
Richardson-Olmsted Complex – Model for Mt. Massive
The Richardson-Olmsted Complex is a direct model for the exterior design of Mt. Massive in “Outlast”. This place is considered the most haunting place in the area. Unlike the other mental hospital on this list, the Richardson-Olmsted Complex information is much harder to verify. It was built in the late 19th century by genius architect Henry Hobson Richardson, with the original purpose of being an army hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and then became a mental hospital.
Like other mental health facilities at the time, Richardson-Olmsted Complex encountered patients with overcrowding and budget shortages. And rumors began to spread that dangerous and inhumane coercive measures were implemented, such as forced lobar surgery, electrical shocks, or even sterilization of patients to prevent them … infection.