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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Location. Location. Location.
The true star of this film is the asylum it takes place in. It's almost a character and this is achieved without cgi or any other effects. It is the place. The majestic exterior and the run down and creepy interior. What Brad Anderson does here is what he is best at and that is to create an atmospheric piece. And that is a welcome change of pace from the majority of horror films produced these days.
This film is about fear and paranoia and in order for that to work it shouldn't be full on scary, but it should be unnerving and get under your skin. And that it does. While watching it there is no…
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.
An ambiguous and thrilling horror/mystery which revolves around past acts of violence and the heavy burden of guilt; mirroring the history of an abandoned mental hospital. It's atmospheric setting combined with haunting photography and sound keep the viewing on edge, while pieces of the puzzle-like plot slowing fall into place. The video format in which the film is shot in addition to the overall low budget style bring a level of realism. Intensity between the different characters and the sense of isolation bring this underrated psychological horror feature to life.
Both revered and despised by serious horror fans, this piece obtained cult status through it's successful execution of visual and auditory aesthetics. However a predictable and underwhelming conclusion, coupled with lack of gore effects puts a bad taste in the mouth of many viewers. Fellow audience members who enjoy dissecting the inner workings of film will appreciate the utilization of context clues and symbolism strewn throughout. While the ending isn't superficially inventive, its ambiguous nature gives viewers the opportunity to surmise an array of themes or theories present underneath the surface. Therefore repeat inspection is warranted in order to fully appreciate the access to film devices and characterization, hidden in plain sight.
Most of this movie feels like a first act, really strong atmosphere with the sense that its building to something more. But sadly it really doesnt. And while the ending is fairly predictable, it is different enough from most these kind of movies to be satisfying.
This film just screamed mediocrity, and unfortunately this film's quality reflects its cover well. Much like Andersen's The Machinist, Session 9 relies on a heavy atmospheric buildup to achieve its goal of spooking the audience. Much like The Machinist, the final delivery is actually quite underwhelming, and it feels as if so many more relationships could have been explored.
Aesthetically, this film is rather weak. The tint of The Machinist was a definite highlight for me, and I am quite disappointed Session 9 did not have a similar moody aesthetic.
Despite this, I greatly enjoyed seeing 2 (two) CSI stars on screen at the same time. Big #tbt for me.
Unfortunately some stuff was going on at my house which made miss the impact of the ending. So I'll just say the location seemed cool and David Caruso seemed to get past my usual "I can't take David Caruso seriously" thing .
Not a good movie, but at least I got a laugh out of this.
If I had seen David Caruso was in this before hand I probably would have passed on it.
From the first frame it looks cheap. A camera with very little dynamic range was used and it seems to have been shot at a highish frame rate, giving it a soap opera look.
The acting starts off weak, but that only makes the acting in the end seem better.
The sound track sounds like something that could be bought for about $5 a track off some shitty website.
It's not terrible, but I just couldn't seem to get past some of the more technical issues.
This movie proves that location isn't everything and provides less of a story and more of a puzzle that is missing pieces. An attention span and a great imagination are a must to appreciate this film. Whilst it pulls off creepy really well, there isn't much substance and the ending leaves you wanting your 1hr40m back.
O filme é nota 3, mas a voz do Simon, deu cagaço.
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).