Session 9
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Writer/director Brad Anderson, known for whimsical romantic comedies like Next Stop, Wonderland, was inspired by the astonishing, creepy visage of an abandoned mental hospital in Danvers, MA, to make the intense psychological horror film Session 9. The film stars the redoubtable Scottish actor Peter Mullan (from Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe) as Gordon Fleming, a new father struggling to keep his asbestos removal company afloat. Desperate to bring in some money, the normally deliberate and careful Gordon gets the contract by promising that his company can clear out the creepy deserted… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A deft exercise in atmospheric horror and insanity."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"For a while there, the film has us going."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Danvers State Hospital: a huge building, rotting from within... Session 9 without this building is simply inconceivable."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Playing to a classier tune, the film is one that is immersive even in its understatedness, weaving a tale that is all the more effective because of how believable it is."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Atmospheric chills and some solid performances ... keep the tension up for a while, until the nasty and disquieting finale."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A great setting in search of a decent horror film to fill it."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The story doesn't quite pay off, characters are underwritten and the surprise ending is contrived and unconvincing."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Session 9 is heavy on mood and light on narrative substance, but the pervasive sense of dread that it sustains trumps the slightness of plot."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"One of the best horror films of 2001 ..."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"If ever a place needed a horror movie made about it, it is the abandoned Danvers State Mental Hospital in Massachusets ... utterly chilling, and will stick with you for days"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"The movie's misplaced psychological emphasis is matched by its stubble-scraping visual style."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A spine-tingler."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Intelligent movie-goers will appreciate this."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Brad Anderson cria um forte clima de suspense e conduz o filme com segurança - até que, a 15 minutos do final, o roteiro entra em modo de auto-destruição."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Tries to be a back-to-basics thriller without the special effects, buckets of blood and evil dolls that talk. Unfortunately, the filmmakers forgot to replace the horror-film formula with a plot that makes sense."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
More reviews for Session 9 on Rotten Tomatoes

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