CORVIS: Well, back in March 2008, the entire 125-year-old, 144-acre psychiatric facility was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Interestingly, it was also the filming location in 1976 for the Academy Award-winning, cinematic cult classic, One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, starring Jack Nicholson. The largest, oldest, and most famous structure within the institution is the J Building, and it was this building that served as the location for virtually all of the interior movie scenes. Now it has been renamed Oregon State Hospital, the hospital peaked in the late 1950s and has slowly declined in the number of patients they take in; however, it continues to house 650 “lunatics” or, if you will, people with severe mental illness. The allegations of abuse and atrocious conditions persist to this day The Oregon State Government wanted to demolish the J Building in 1988 due to life-threatening health and safety dangers posed to patients and staff.Out of all the sanitariums in the book it is one of the few still in partial operation.
How about Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts, which became both the inspiration and the filming location for the movie Session 9? Session 9 was an excellent film.
CORVIS: Well, as I said earlier it was partly the main inspiration for the book in the first place. I loved the building even more than the story – which is based off old patients records discovered on the premises actually! Due to its appearance the “witch’s castle on the hill,” the asylum resides in the town of Danvers, Massachusetts, which many people are unaware was formerly known as Salem Village — the first actual location of the 1692 Salem witch trials. It is believed that some of the condemned were hanged on the hill where Danvers Hospital stands today. So, unlike popular belief, the infamous farce of justice did not begin in Salem, but in Salem Village, or present-day Danvers, at a church on Centre Street. Sadly, only the main section and part of the wings remain and the majority of it was torn away to build apartments inside the structure. Residents claim to hear noises late at night they cannot explain. CONTINUED..
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