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Session 9

by

Jeff Nelson

Session 9 is spine-chilling film that's a gem among the smaller budget horror films of the 2000s.

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Most moviegoers of this generation enjoy fast paced films that don't let up until the credits begin. What happened to the filming styles used in the classics? The slow-burn horror that wants to creep you out and make you feel uncomfortable opposed to just making you jump has faded from films. Session 9 attempts to go back to when films were slower paced and more concerned on building a genuinely eerie story instead of jump scares.

Gordon and his team are desperate for cash and claims that he can clean up the abandoned psychiatric hospital in one week. By the time Gordon discovers the truth about the asylum's gruesome past, the place has cast its curse on his entire crew. It sounds just like any other ghost flick with a cliché story. However, there's a lot more depth to it than what can be given in a synopsis without ruining the film. The story is rather interesting by creating characters with whom the audience slowly begins to connect. Some characters are more likable than others, but there's depth there either way. Not all crowds will be pleased with the slow pacing. This film is more concerned with characters and keeping steady opposed to trying hard to scare audiences with a loud sting and something moving suddenly on screen. The dialogue is decent, but has its moments where it leans towards the ridiculous side. There could have been a few tweaks made to some of the moments of dialogue.

Session 9 was always held under the radar and never made it into the market as a huge film. Given that, there aren't phenomenal actors. David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Josh Lucas, Peter Mullan, and Brendan Sexton III do decent jobs. Provided that not all of their lines are fantastic, they do just fine. There's nobody that gives any groundbreaking performances, but there isn't anything to complain about. One of the creepiest aspects of the films is the sessions found by one of the characters. Throughout the film, the audience hears some of the sessions that have been recorded with a psychotic patient by the name of Mary Hobbes. I don't want to give too much away, but there is a voice used by this woman with personality disorder that sends chills up my spine. Don't let the fact that this is an indie film fool you into not checking this out.

The visuals on this one are a mixed bag. On one side the film has some great shots of the psychiatric hospital that create a very eerie atmosphere. On another side, the film definitely shows its budget. It's not very polished looking, so don't expect for this one to have a breathtaking HD picture. The building used for the shooting couldn't have been chosen better. This place is one of the creepiest looking places around, especially in the night scenes. This is a film with very little gore or violence. Most of the violence is left to the viewer's imagination and just implies what is going on or shows from an awkward angle where the audience can't fully see the act.

This is definitely the type of film that requires a dark room and to be watched at night. Session 9 is psychological horror film that has a lot of depth. A lot of symbolism is used throughout that allows for a great amount of discussion. There's no doubt that this film has become known as a cult classic in many circles. Even for those who aren't large fans of the genre, this one's different and is worth checking out. Session 9 is spine-chilling film that's a gem among the smaller budget horror films of the 2000s.

My Rating = Four Stars

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