Who is Nurse Ratched?

NURSE Rathed's origin story is the focus of the new Netflix drama Ratched.

The thriller promises some nightmarish scenes as it comes from the same creator as American Horror Story.

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Who is Nurse Ratched?

Nurse Ratched is the main antagonist in the 1962 novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey.

Ratched is a corrupt nurse who cruelly tortures the mentally ill patients in Salem State Hospital. Kesey said Ratched is based on the cold and ruthless head nurse of a psychiatric ward he worked in.

Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but a sadistic murderer who finds pleasure in experimenting n her patients lurks beneath.

Ratched used to serve as a nurse in the Second World War, which explains her old-fashioned hair and militant approach to dealing with patients.

Ratched abuses her power over the patient's medications, privileges, and basic necessities such as food and toiletries. She takes these away whenever a patient displeases her and punishes them with her own brand of psychotherapy.

Nurse Ratched is the focal point of the upcoming Netflix series, which delves into the nurse's backstory.

She was played by Louise Fletcher in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Who plays Nurse Ratched?

American Horror Story icon Sarah Paulson stars as the titular character.

Sarah also starred in Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, a drama based on the stars of a late-night Hollywood comedy show.

Sarah Paulson played Tammy, a mum who swaps her settled family life for one last robbery, in Oceans 8.

This is not Nurse Ratched's first time being portrayed on screen, as she was played by Louise Fletcher in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

In 1976, Louise Fletcher won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing the role.

What is Netflix's Ratched about?

Ratched is the origin story of Nurse Ratched.

It dates back to 1947, and details the character’s transformation from a nurse to a sadistic tyrant, as she goes on a murderous journey through the mental health care system.

The synopsis reads: "The wheels are always turning and as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, Mildred's stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born."

Is there a trailer for Netflix's Ratched yet?

Yes, Netflix have released a trailer for the new thriller drama.

The trailer sees Paulson's eerily calm character wreak havoc in a mental hospital.

Ratched is set to launch on Netflix on Friday, September 18.

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