As far as American horror films of 1997-2004 go, Session 9 is the one auteuristic, non-cheeky, and scary-as-hell mood masterpiece. There may have been few good fright films in that time period, but the genre is rarely as terrifyingly disturbing as here VIA not being explicit in violence, but by oozing creepy-crawly, unnerving menace. Like The Blair Witch Project, it evokes Lovecraft. Yet, here there's no camcorder.
Finally watched thanks to Paul Tremblay's nod in his endnotes to A Head Full of Ghosts. I wonder how, had I seen it, it would have affected my thoughts about applying for the position I was eventually offered at the the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers back in 2005. Danvers State Hospital, by now demolished, retains a spectral grandeur in the local imagination, and Session 9's chief virtue is its vivid evocation.
A terrifically atmospheric and naturalistic horror film that understands it's what isn't seen that's the scariest. The simplistic plot and predictable final revelations don't exactly do it justice, however.
A genuinely frightening film, from the eerie cinematography and locations down to the strange, pallid facial expressions of each character. One of the strongest sound designs in a horror film - it reaches into your psyche and forces you to imagine horrible things.
Very good psychological horror/thriller/drama flick. The film moves quite slow but with a clear purpose and utilizes the protagonists mundane existence and petty squabbles as a breeding ground for a silent and creeping dread. As the movie progresses things slowly fall apart for the characters and the end, while not that hard to figure out, still manages to thrill and horrify in equal measures. Well worth your time!
Usually the reality of a scary movie is exaggerated or nonexistent. Reading the real life history of the hospital and the events that took place after 2001 adds to the psychological effect of this film. Huge props to the actors and crew for shooting on location. A sequel would have been great. Creepy, creepy.