I think you’ll either love or hate this film. I lean towards the love.
Directed by Brad Anderson Session 9 is a psychological horror with a strong but gradual build up.
It’s based around five guys removing asbestos and other hazardous materials from a huge mental hospital that has been abandoned for years. It’s established early on that team is riddled with anger and animosity. Gordon, played by Peter Mullan, the boss of the group is struggling with the birth of his new baby and the bills piling up, among a few other demons. Gordon’s associate, Phil (David Caruso) is increasingly resentful toward and irritated by his fellow co-workers, especially Hank (Josh Lucas) who happens to disappear after looking for treasure within the building one night. Mike (Stephen Gevedon, who also wrote the movie), becomes obsessed with listening to taped spooky psychiatric sessions with a psychotic patient who used to reside at the hospital. Gordon’s inexperienced, somewhat nerdy young nephew who is afraid of the dark completes the group.
One of my favorite parts of the film is the batch of taped interviews with a distressed victim of multiple personality disorders. While the tapes, session 1 through 9, are played, more facts emerge and the strained relationship between the men grows more volatile.
The performances are pretty good and Peter Mullan conveys real desperation and madness as the increasingly disorientated Gordon.
Session 9 is different, it’s not the typical haunted mental asylum ghost movie, it’s much deeper than that.
For a die hard horror fan like me, I really did find some parts a breath of fresh air.
In a clever twist at the end, the script tells viewers that evil lurks in “the weak and the wounded,” a category which includes all people.
I would recommend Session 9 if you’re looking for nicely crafted psychological horror film.
WICKED RATING: 7/10 [usr 7]
Title: Session 9
Directors: Brad Anderson
Writer(s): Brad Anderson, Stephen Gevedon
Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Peter Mullan
Studio/Production Co: USA Films, Scout Productions, October Films
Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)