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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 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…
Character driven psychological thriller that's high on psychology and low on thrills. Still, it was nice to see a horror movie with as much thought put into it as this.
Muy fuerte como la dirección de Brad Anderson convierte un final capaz de llevar a una peli a la ruina en una de sus mejores bazas.
Lo de el escenario se convierte en un personaje mas, nunca había tenido tanto sentido. A plena luz del día: PAVOR. Tremendo como siendo una peli de genero con tan poco contenido de genero tiene una escena (la única) de genero TAN aterradora.
No es una peli de terror, pero a mi me ha dado bastante terror.
Not entirely the scary gem that I was hoping for. But Anderson has a sense of dread crawling and made in that asylum location. Irritatingly slow paced without a single interest in story progression. D+
Really impressed with this little, original horror film, one of the points being that the majority of it takes place during the day. Mullen delivers an excellent performance as always. The first hour acts as mostly build-up, leaving the last half hour to be that more chilling. Mental institutes have always freaked me out.
I watched Session 9 for the first time a couple years ago. (This is the sixth or seventh time I’ve seen it since then.) It is a great film by little to no means, but there will always be a special place for it in my heart, for it was the first film to ever truly give me insomnia.
Atmosphere is a must-have in order for a horror film to be effective. (The Shining and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre both do this to damned perfection.) Jump scares don’t do it for me. It's a cliché, yes, but they don't. They might work at first, but then I get mad at myself for being manipulated so easily and I learn…
Seen this countless times and it still gives me the chills. One of my favorites for sure.
A Review Haiku
Day or night, scary as f&%k.
Please let me stay sane.
A good psychological thriller. The abandoned mental hospital is creepy and sets a good mood for the film. The characters are well written and they have the right amount of back story for each. It has a good ending that warrants multiple viewings. It's well written and well acted. It's a somewhat underrated thriller. check it out. Worth a watch.
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- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
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- The Tree of Life
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