Halloween Marathon: Session 9 (2001)

Ever since the start of the marathon I have been meaning to watch Session 9. The premise just looked really awesome. This weekend I managed to get my boyfriend finally sit with me to see it because I don’t do ones I find really scary by myself. That’s probably why this year hasn’t really creeped me out all that much. I had so many other flicks I wanted to see. Anyways, we chose this one. Lets see what its all about.

session 9 posterDirector: Brad Anderson

Cast: Peter Mullan, David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, Brendon Sexton III

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.-IMDB

Session 9 wasn’t what I had expected mostly because I kept thinking it would be something else. More in the area of paranormal like ghosts. I don’t know why. Maybe it was the location of an asylum that gave me that expectation. It would be the norm, right? That’s not a bad thing though. This turning out to be so much more and deeper really made it possibly one of the better movies in this marathon. I really don’t want to go in depth because the mystery really makes this one memorable and scarier in a mega creepy way. One of the few this month where I had my hand over my face because I wasn’t sure what would be around the corner.

session 9 hospital

Horror is always one of those genres where I never really know any of the actors. They will look familiar but I never remember from where. This one had one of those guys in there. David Caruso, main dude in CSI: Miami (which I hate) is in there for the fact that he usually looks more suspicious than the criminals themselves.  But we’re not here to discuss CSI, right? However, that appearance did also make his role here feel like he knew more than he was letting on.

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However, as much as I’d like to think that the cast made this movie, the slow unveiling of the plot plus the tense and mysterious atmosphere mixed with the insane past coming back through investigation really made it go way above.  Its not gory but relies heavily on building up tension till the final ending which for once, I did not see coming at all!

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I’m going to keep this short since I’m running a bit tight on time. Overall, Session 9 was absolutely awesome and I totally recommend it.  Its provides a great intense and creepy atmosphere and pulls you into the mystery and suspense of what its all about before it gives the big reveal at the end.  Whether you find the ending good will differ but I really liked it and found it was extremely unpredictable.  Loved it! 🙂

One more review going up later today with Halloween H20! Remember to check back! 🙂

Have you seen Session 9?