A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Fear is a place.
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
As you may be able to gather from my chosen letterboxd username, I really like horror films. Contrary to popular belief, it's not because I find them scary, that's a reserved trait delved out to very few films.
It's easy not to be afraid of vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves or musclebound invincible men in hockey masks because they're not real. I'm not saying those sort of films can never be scary because it really depends on the atmosphere of the film and the person watching it, every film is different and what affects a person's psyche is varied. But when it comes to something as human as a psychotic break, a killer among friends, an isolated location that was once…
You stick with this job too long, it'll mess you up man. It gets inside of you - the stress.
This is probably one of the strangest horror films I've ever seen.
It's cheap looking but superbly acted and directed.
It's got a cheesy setup but turns into something you don't expect.
It's got Horatio Cane in a haunted asylum.
Does it sound good already? Well, a lot of people would be inclined to disagree. But ignore those Netflix star ratings, because I think Session 9 is a great little horror flick that I think is horribly underrated and unjustly criticized. Some of those complaints are valid but some I believe we're born out of viewers simply not getting what…
David Caruso is a terrible actor. Or is he?
It could be one of those personal things, I guess, but whenever I see him on screen he just doesn't look right to me in terms of his mannerisms and reactions. Plus, he seems to have put in exactly the same performance in every film and TV episode I've seen him in since right back in the first episode of NYPD Blue I saw him in, regardless of the character he is playing.
I say that as someone who really liked CSI: Miami as well, and as someone who really liked this film. But I am quite sure that I liked…
"Session 9" had been in my queue for quite some time and I'm glad I finally caught up with it. Was inspired after being pleasantly surprised by Brad Anderson's "The Call" and was even more impressed with this film.
It sets up the situation beautifully and the location is perfect. It is ominous and rundown, because it's ominous and rundown - it's not an obvious set creation. Tension builds throughout and we aren't insulted with flash cuts or cheap jump scares. A fantastical story is presented in a straightforward manner that was hypnotic in a strange sort of way. But a very entertaining way. A slow burn that delivers.
Film 14 of #31DaysofHorror
An anti-climatic experience that drags the viewer through a series of petty bickering with the colleagues of an asbestos removal firm working in an abandoned sanitarium before it decides to find a second gear in the finale act. By then, I was begging for a lobotomy to forget the past hour that I have had to endure. The only effective feature of the film was the minimal, restive score, which gives a certain aura of the impending doom.
This was one I took a chance with. All I had read before viewing was a short synopsis so I figured this would be just an okay kinda ghost story type thing, and was I ever wrong.
This film is so expertly delivered by director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) that I was drawn in right from the start, and the whole cast are on the top of their game. All the performances are very convincing, with the phenomenal Peter Mullan heading the pack.
The pacing and the tight, isolated setting reminded me of The Shining, giving me that same feeling of some impending evil lurking around every corner. And as most of the film is set in the daytime, it…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I live in the weak and the wounded, Doc."
Faltou aquele final pra matar maluco do coração, mas é um bom - e honesto - filme.
I was compelled right up until the end. Unfortunately, Session 9 fails to deliver the goods and the wonderfully atmospheric experience ultimately feels incomplete.
I got bored to be honest, I could see where it was going because since this film there have been a lot like it, which is a shame because I imagine seeing it ten years ago would have been great
Through its bad script, overacting, no bs/artless camera work, absence of obvious horror-ish (blue, grey) filters, motivation-less characters, the director's choice to film primarily at daytime, and the location's inherent creepiness, Session 9 achieves the sort of sick-in-the-stomach unease and melancholy that you only usually get from real-life horror stories or walking past certain buildings on your way to school or work in the morning. That broad daylight dullness and permanence where the evil of a place is just a matter of fact, where it buries itself into your brain to sit there forever. It was there before you and it'll be there after you're gone. Like The Shining, it's about how ghosts and violence are the same thing, and…
This is an extremely eerie and creepy flick. It almost feels like nothing is really happening in the movie at times, but for some reason I just couldn't stop watching. It draws you in with a mystery and the pay off is satisfying.
Brad Anderson is a very frustrating filmmaker, in that he often makes films that have the potential to be something really special, but nearly always manages to f*ck it up somehow.
The Call is the most recent example: superb build-up, idiotic ending. The Machinist: fantastic protagonist uncovering an ultimately pretty mundane mystery. The list goes on.
In my memory, Session 9 was actually quite a solid early Anderson effort, but time has unfortunately not been kind to this film.
The first stumbling block is the look: Session 9 was one of the first films shot on Sony's 24P HD video, and frankly, it's a mess. There's an ugly digital brightness to the cinematography, which takes away from the brooding atmosphere,…
You know when things are going to happen before they happen. It's an attempt at a horror movie...
"I live in the weak and the wounded."
Case #445: Michael Audet
I understand this is your second session with Session 9, correct?
Yes. I discovered it on Netflix around, if I had to guess, 2007. I wasn't all that impressed by it, but recently have felt a nagging feeling that a rewatch was overdue.
And what is this film about?
An asbestos cleaning crew in an abandoned asylum, with some case history/psychological tension going on. It's best going in blind, as it takes a pretty cheap and run-of-the-mill set-up and kind of runs with it.
And now you're replicating the style shown in the recorded interviews with patient 444 in the film?
Not the most politically correct thing…
Pretty good supernatural horror movie. Peter Mullan gives a really good performance.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).