Macabre Month of Horror 2013 movie review #11’Session 9′ (2001)

session 9 poster“Session 9” is directed by Brad Anderson, the same guy who made the Machinist. I accidentally happened to watch both these movies in the same night before I knew who Brad Anderson was.

“Session 9” is about a group of asbestos removers who are doing their thing in an insane asylum. The movie was shot in a real insane asylum. I’ve actually been to this place and it’s creepy as hell. It’s a great location to film a movie.

The cinematography is fantastic. They really know how to film this place. The way you see the asylum on screen is pretty much exactly how it is in real life, so the location does most of the work for them. I almost feel as though the location could have been better utilized by a stronger script.session 9

The story is not terribly strong. The characters and performances are unremarkable. The twists near the end of the movie, never really come to fruition, and leave you feeling unfulfilled.

The main problem I have with the film, is that it doesn’t go far enough. It never quite crosses that line into horror territory. The film is presented with a number of opportunities to turn into a horror film, but it plays it too safe, and ends up suffering for it. Session 9 frequently borders on creepy but doesn’t make the plunge.

The ending of the film feels a little bit rushed and sloppy. The twist is not well constructed, and the fallout of it, is unremarkable. The film builds excellent tension, but there’s just no worthwhile payoff. It doesn’t end up amounting to much.session 9 2

The direction and cinematography of Session 9 are very well done. The film can be engrossing, but might leave you wanting more.

CLICK HERE if you want to check it out on DVD. Keep checking back all October long for a new horror review everyday, with this year’s Macabre Month of Horror.


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