Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Session 9

Session 9 directed by Brad Anderson and co-written with Stephen Gevedon(who also stars along with Peter Mullan and David Caruso) is without doubt one of the most criminally under-rated, little-seen movie gems that you could ever have the good fortune to see. I was lucky enough to catch it in the cinema when it first came out in 2001 and have just recently watched it again on DVD. There are a lot of reasons why I love this movie: the script, the cast, the cinematography for sure, but what also gives the movie some added gravitas is the fact that it was actually filmed in the infamous Danvers State Mental Hospital.

Another reason could be in the fact that it also purposely negates the bullshit "teen" audience demographic that most horror movies of late aspire to, and rather casts an older bunch of world-weary guys that actually feel and act like "real" people. There are no cheap scares or silly sub-plots and an ending that resonates long after the credits roll.

A genuinely disturbing movie.

Sean Clark has a great walk-through of the movie at

What saddens me most is that Danvers was actually demolished in 2006 to put up f#cking condominiums!

more pics

If you haven't seen it yet, I would strongly recommend that you do!


joe bloke said...

I have, indeed, seen it, and agree with everything you say about it. I bumped into one night, on the tv, when they showed it right after Event Horizon. it's a great little horror film, in the proper sense.

Lubbert Das said...

Glad to here you'll be making a return at some stage...

Enjoy your break.

rmarkyates said...

Such a great post! I brought this film many years ago on dvd. It was an impressive low budget affair and an awesome purchase. I feel like giving it another watch!