October 9, 2009: Session 9
Today we head on over to an insane asylum that has some restless spirits in Brad Anderson’s Session 9.
The film is about an asbestos abatement crew who wins a bid to clean out an old abandoned insane asylum. The job becomes rushed, when the crew learns if they get the job done quickly they will receive a large bonus.
Things start to get creepy when a would be lawyer, Mike, finds mysterious tapes in the basement of the hospital and starts to play them. On the tapes is a woman with multiple personalities, including a mysterious personality Simon who doesn’t show up until the tape titled Session 9.
The movie is really creepy and will leave you with a strange feeling long after it’s over. The filmmakers effectively replace gore with a scary atmosphere, that draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the disturbing ending.
One thing I want to say is that Session 9 is more effective than other horror movies because it doesn’t show you everything, it really doesn’t show you anything. You are given sounds and you hear terrible things happening, but without being shown your mind creates more fear than the filmmaker ever could.
Yet, I warn you that not everyone is going to be impressed with the story. The story is rather simple but everything else is effective so you can kind of forgive them for lacking in that department.
If you haven’t seen this movie, I strongly suggest it.