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 for that's a reserved trait delved out to very few films.
It's easy to not 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…
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 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.
great psychological thriller, total mindfuck though
Above average spooky horror set in an abandoned mental asylum.
A film that uses pacing to ratchet up the tension, not cheap jump scares or gore. The location is phenomenal but the script is a bit underwritten.
Session 9 does a good job of building tension and paranoia, something that is usually admirable in modern horror, but its biggest blemish is that it doesn't focus that tension into a cogent narrative. Still, it managed to impress me, but I wish that the ending would have given me as much satisfaction as the rest of the film did.
Confieso que me dio trabajo dormir después de verla, trate de justificar el hecho de que la ví solo en una casa que aún está siendo amueblada y con poca luz, pero el mensaje final fue lo que me dio insomnio.
Peter Mullan and the great filming location (one of the best I've ever seen) make this worth seeing. But I feel like Anderson almost squandered the opportunity here with a so-so script and a real lack of tension throughout. For example, that scene when Lucas goes back at night should have been far more terrifying.
Also, I guess this was the early days of digital photography, so there were still some kinks to work out. Some scenes are absolutely gorgeous while others look like a TV film. Honestly, some photo collections I've seen of abandoned places like Chernobyl or pre-war mental hospitals are just as unsettling as this film. This is because your imagination does a lot of the work. I only wish Anderson understood that better.
Asbestos workers in a disused mental hospital. British, good scary buildup.
Do it, Gordon. You won't. YOU WON'T!