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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…
Crumbling domesticity mirrored in a decrepit, poisoned estate and thwarted masculinity spun out like analog tape.
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…
We've all seen the more straightforward horror/thriller movies set in abandoned places, asylums or hospitals, but this one is different and sticks out because of the fear and paranoia taking over the characters. The mind will be turned upside down, as illustrated in the very first shot with the wheelchair from the poster when the camera starts tumbling and turning from the ceiling to the floor.
Meet Gordon, a sleep deprived new father and leader of an asbestos abatement company. Under financial pressure he takes a job in the hospital (he almost begs for it), and promises he will get it done in one week and assembles a team.
The movie certainly takes its time, and in the first act…
This review may contain 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…
La forza principale di questo bel lavoro di Brad Anderson (oltre l'ottima ambientazione ospedaliera: lugubre, insostituibile) è l'insperato equilibrio che riesce a trovare tra soprannaturale, sperimentale e thrilling.
L'incastro temporale ha una sua originalità e mantiene per bene in sospeso l'intera vicenda: dove sono i fantasmi?, all'interno o all'estero?
La discesa notturna nel ventre del manicomio alla ricerca del tesoro è da brividi veri.
Probabilmente il punto più alto raggiunto dal regista (almeno per ora).
The story doesn't seem to satisfy by the end and even with the gruesome atmosphere the film is not very scary. But surprisingly one of the best things about Session 9 is the acting. I was impressed. Like I said, things kinda fall apart eventually but the path leading up to it is great. Also, the cinematography is excellent at setting the eerie mood.
Did they ever get the asbestos out?
So eerie, creepy and atmospheric. Honestly really scary, to watch at night. Unexpected ending, plot twists, and more. Damn this was good.
Really? The cover of Rue Morgue. I'd actually had never heard of the film, but was intrigued by the article in the mag and the actual real life location.
Everyone yammers on about the 'dread'...
Really? I felt nothing. I cared not. For nothing. Except maybe for mullethead.
And the excuse why this failed at the box office was due to the events of 9/11 a few days prior to its opening in the cinemas? Yeah right. Hold onto that one if it gives you comfort
And the digital look made it atmospherically empty...
I was disengaged. Couldn't have cared less.
And David Caruso is just an awful actor. And probably a dick in real life.
Dunno. I'm now totally…
One of my favourite kinds of horror movie is the one whose dread builds; there may be an early sense of underlying disquiet that gradually becomes more obvious on the surface, creeping its way into your skin until the goosebumps rise in an attempt to evict the darkness that has entered your very being. This type of horror is rare in modern films, where audience tastes seem to demand graphic, in-your-face scares more determined to knock eyes back into their skull sockets.
Brad Anderson's SESSION 9 is the exception, a film that so tightly fits into the former description that its aim seems to be to evoke goosebumps so big that they could be mistaken for boils. Casting Peter Mullan…
The buildup in SESSION 9 is a lot stronger than the rushed and moderately unsatisfying payoff, but damn, what a buildup! A case study in how to do slow burn horror right, SESSION 9 benefits from a terrific ensemble headed by David Caruso (just before his CSI: MIAMI renaissance) and Peter Mullan. But the real star is the abandoned Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts, which proves to be the most eerie and unnerving horror movie setting this side of THE SHINING. I've found the ending to SESSION 9 a letdown every time I've watched it, but a good 75% of it is a minor masterpiece.
Horrifying. Incredible. Holds up great.
Catch full review of new blu in coming week or so on Cinapse.
Movies that are slightly off.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…