It is the chilling new horror-tinged show from the mind of Ryan Murphy, set to air on Netflix next week.
Judging by the final trailer for Ratched, starring one of Murphy’s favourite actors Sarah Paulson, the latest series could be his most terrifying to date.
‘Looking good today, Mildred,’ Sarah, 45, is seen telling her reflection in the mirror, as she plays the titular Nurse Ratched, based on the evil character in the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.
‘Looking good today, Mildred,’: Sarah Paulson as the eerie Nurse Ratched in the new Ryan Murphy show Ratched, set to air on Netflix September 18
According to Netflix, Ratched is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse and infamous villain Mildred Ratched.
In 1947, Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind.
The new trailer sees more of Mildred’s clandestine mission, as she begins work on a number of patients in an asylum.
All-star cast: Sharon Stone plays the equally eccentric character Lenore Osgood in the show
Intriguing: Sharon’s character will be part of the origin story of Nurse Ratched
Eccentric: The character played by Sharon has a monkey on her shoulders in one scene
There certainly appears to be some very uncomfortable viewing in the new show, as doctors perform a controversial lobotomy procedure in one brutal scene.
Sharon Stone is once again seen with a monkey on her shoulder, as she plays the equally eccentric character Lenore Osgood.
There is also more of Corey Stoll as Charles Wainwright and Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs. Judy Davis also stars as Nurse Betsy Bucket.
Tough role: From the book, Nurse Ratched is the archetypal battleaxe of a twisted nurse, that has become a metaphor for corrupting influence of institutional power and authority
This is gonna hurt: The institution performs the controversial lobotomy procedure
Chilling: The latest Ryan Murphy series looks set to bring the scares
Controversial: The character in the 1975 movie version was turned down by a number of leading ladies including Anne Bancroft, Angela Lansbury and Ellen Burstyn
Serving up glamor: Despite the scares, Nurse Ratched has some powerful looks in the show
Starry: The final trailer also shows Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs
From the book, Nurse Ratched is the archetypal battleaxe of a twisted nurse, that has become a metaphor for corrupting influence of institutional power and authority, like the character does in the psychiatric treatment center depicted in the novel.
Interestingly, the controversial character in the 1975 movie version starring Jack Nicholson was turned down by a number of leading ladies including Anne Bancroft, Angela Lansbury and Ellen Burstyn.
The role in the film eventually went to Louise Fletcher, who went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress for the turn.
Promise it won’t hurt: The show looks at controversial psychiatric treatments
Let’s be civilized: Paulson and Nixon in a scene together
Watch it if you dare: Ratched is coming to Netflix on September 18
It appears that the show will delve a little deeper into the character than the book and film, as Sarah Paulson reveals in the voiceover that Mildred was taken away from her parents when she was very young.
‘I was told that one day I would see them again, but that was a lie,’ she says.
Ratched is coming to Netflix on September 18.
Ouchie: The new show is clearly not for the faint-hearted
Are you a trained professional? Paulson as Mildred Ratched