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Session 9 [Import]

David Caruso , Stephen Gevedon , Brad Anderson    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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Few things are more sure-fire creepy than huge abandoned buildings, and Session 9 has one of the eeriest buildings you've ever seen. A hazardous-materials-cleanup company has been hired to eliminate asbestos tiles and other toxic material from a gigantic mental hospital that had been shut down in the 1980s. But as one member of the team starts to nose into old files in the office, he uncovers a series of tape recordings of psychiatric sessions--nine of them--related to a notorious sexual abuse case. Soon, toxic materials and dark spirits start to merge. Like The Blair Witch Project (and most horror movies, really), Session 9 is longer on atmosphere and dream logic than story--but the atmosphere is effectively unsettling. A strong cast (including Peter Mullan, David Caruso, and Brendan Sexton III) do an effective job of slowly cracking under stress and evil influences. --Bret Fetzer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I don't actually like horror flicks, and this movie is one of the main reasons why. Not because it sucked, but because it did its job too well (on me at least). It's creepy and smart and suspenseful and creepy and gripping and creepy... I saw this thing purely by accident a few years ago on a sunny summer afternoon and I STILL have nightmares about the ending (the movie's not called Session 9 for nothing). Minimal violence/gore, true, but you know the old adage abut how "less is more"? Brrrr, I've got the heebie-jeebies all over again just thinking about it. To conclude, I may have been permanently traumatized by Session 9, and if that doesn't deserve a 5-star rating I don't know what does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great on atmosphere and setting, weak on plot Oct. 30 2002
About ten minutes into Session 9, I was completely prepared to love this movie. The setting, an old, empty insane asylum with its own morgue and cemetary, was creepy as hell; and the premise about a cleanup crew hired to eliminate asbestos tiles and other toxic materials had real potential. Also, the characters and the acting were above average for a modern horror flick. For these reasons, I give the movie three stars.
The problem with this movie is, it never quite delivers on what the first few minutes promises you. This asylum offers a lot of scare potential that the movie doesn't take advantage of. And I really don't mind a scary movie starting slow, but Session 9 STAYS slow. It doesn't pick up the pace until the last fifteen minutes or so...and the ending, designed to be a shocking twist, just isn't.
So, bottom line: if you're a hardcore horror fan, check this one out. It might work better for you than it did for me. Other movie viewers should probably steer clear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CREEPY! May 7 2004
This is a very disturbing film! Creepy special effects, excellent (yet creepy) cinematography, and a VERY creepy soundtrack that will send chills down your spine. The acting (for the most part) was nothing to brag about, but the performance on behalf of Peter Mullan was excellent.
This is not a movie for people who are without a brain; you will have to put your thinking caps on for this one. I strongly recommend watching it more then once because there are things that you will probably miss the first time around. This truly is a psychological thriller, and one that will most likely freak you out! I found the amount of profanity in this movie to be both unnecessary and annoying, but other then that....it's pretty clean. If you like intelligently made horror movies (they are rare today) you will love this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I watched Session 9 last night before I went to bed. It was around 11:30, and I didn't turn off the set until after 1:00.
Big mistake.
I went to sleep on edge, feeling really weird, like all the dark shadows contained some sort of...I don't know.
And that's just it: I don't know.
I don't now what the antagonist was in Session 9. I don't know what the point of the movie was. I don't know what to make of the ending. Was it supernatural, like The Shining? Or was it merely psychological, like any guy-under-pressure-kills-people movie?
I don't know.
The asylum was way beyond creepy. It, alone, deserves the three stars I gave this movie. But the plot is weak, and the wrap-up was even weaker. More spookiness could have been wrung out of this movie if the writer/director had utilized the setting more effectly and shown flashbacks to when the asylum was in full use. Or shown ghosts. Or shown things moving in the asylum that weren't human. Or something.
I can't recommend Session 9 -- although I wish I could. It's a great idea. But it was flawed in its execution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By MikeyV
This movie had potential. Still frames of the Danvers hospital will send a chill up your spine. However, the story just does not create any suspense.
The movie has the typical formula of 95% introduction, 5% climax and ending with no middle section. No gradual building of suspense that keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Nothing related to the story really happens in the first 95% of the movie, and then in the last 5%, a chain of events occurs. The only problem is that most viewers probably know exactly who is behind the chain of events the minute the first event happens. So there is no "whodunnit" supspense whatsoever (watch the deleted scenes and director's commentary and you will see this is the type of suspense he was going for). The only suspense is that you are waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen. Then it does and you know exactly who did it and why. It is like watching 3 hours of convenience store surveilence tape in anticipation of a robbery and then the thief walks in, waves to the camera, and takes off his mask.
The setting is awesome, the acting is pretty good, and the characters are likeable... but the story [stinks]!!!
Even though it is a suspense film (which are not believable to begin with, but that is the point), certain things do have to add up to for the film to have any credibility. One huge thing doesn't! Why doesn't Mike just take the tapes home instead wasting the whole work week listening to them, especially when they are trying to get the project done in one week! The movies does a pretty good job of depicting him as a bright, hard-working guy. So why, you ask, would he do something so stupid? Why? Because the sessions are creepy and the director wants to distract you from the fact that nothing is really happening. The result? The whole film seems contrived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Scary Movie
A perfect movie a subtle fear and horror.
No current film builds real fear like this.
If you want to be scared, turn off the lights, grab your popcorn and pop this into... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Understated
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a spectacular psychological thriller.
Few films have actually been able to scare me, let alone make me feel uncomfotable. This one did both very well. It plays with your mind. Fantastic film.
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Boris the Blade
2.0 out of 5 stars a very booooring so called horror film
after watching Session 9,i have to say i was disappointed.the movie was
very slow moving,boring in fact. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2007 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars ZZZZZZ WAKE ME UP
Published on Oct. 19 2005 by robert joncas
5.0 out of 5 stars SESSION 9
Published on July 15 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!
I was expected to watch a horror & dark mystery movie in a weekend. "Session 9" seems pretty interesting enough for its story, feels so creepy & big swallowing... Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by vinn0214
4.0 out of 5 stars much more realistic than i expected
i thought this would be a supernatural movie. its not. its about these several guys who go to an abandoned mental asylum to clean it from its old, old...stuff. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by [inactive user]
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and Boring
I rented this movie (thankfully) because it looked like the type of suspense/thriller movie that I'd enjoy. I was wrong. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by A. Vegan
5.0 out of 5 stars The weak and the wounded...
I can forgive the guy who said that the Session 9 tape after which the film is title, was 'Ultimately, a Macguffin', because I assume that he thinks a Macguffin is something served... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Deckard
5.0 out of 5 stars An underappriciated beauty
I had never heard of "Session 9" until a couple of weeks ago. Ever since I saw it, I can talk of nothing else. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Abby
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