Financial problems, stress at work and a full life at home would be enough to push anyone aside, but like Gordon Fleming (Westworld‘s Peter Mullan) discovers, there is nothing like one (probably haunted) abandoned psychiatric hospital hospital to really turn the screws.
There we find Gordon at the beginning of director Brad Anderson Session 9, a low-budget nail-biter that was released in 2001 but has a timeless feel, even with the presence of early 2000 TV star David Caruso, who was immortalized forever in the you-know-meme that includes sunglasses. (Anderson, who has worked steadily in film and television ever since, got his latest credentials by directing an episode of James Gunn Peacemaker.) It is true that much of the heavy atmospheric elevation comes ready with the setting of the film – the massive Danvers State Hospital, also known as the “Danvers Lunatic Asylum” – but it’s all creepy abandonment porn it would only go that far, if not for the nuances of character development and tension building in the script of Anderson and Steven Gaventon.
“Holy shit, look This“Phil (Caruso) tells Gordon as they drive to the hospital for the first time, determined to win a contract needed for the asbestos extraction business. It feels like the right reaction. Not only is Danvers a scary construction, its empty windows and – just a glance inside – the peeling, flooded floors and medical equipment left behind (along with other clues to the troubled lives that once lived there) suggest deep mental trauma remains within its walls, like the carcinogenic material that men are there to take care of. There is poison in the air in more than one way, and it certainly does not seem like a cure. And like Gordon, Phil and the rest of the cast (Hank, played by Josh Lucas, Jeff, Gordon’s nephew, played by Brendan Sexton III, and Mike, played by co-writer Gaventon ), its dark history still has the power to resonate in the present.
No horror movie fan could watch Session 9 without raising his references to THE SHINING—Apart from the obvious Very bad place full of very bad energy, there are few details, such as the fact that Gordon’s wife is called Wendy — and this makes the end less surprising than Anderson intended. However, the path to this end still manages to get some unexpected twists and turns. Of course, the impoverished asylum is a trope of horror at this point, particularly favored by films with findings as TV shows for “real” ghost hunters. That’s why it’s so satisfying Session 9 tries to bring weight to his story beyond the admittedly scary scene of hell.
Gordon — who is a young father, so you can add the word ‘sleep deprivation’ to his list of troubles — is the main character, but most have a satisfying result. Phil is Gordon’s best friend, but they do not always agree. This is foretold early on when Phil estimates the cleaning job will take at least three weeks and Gordon says two. (Later, Gordon chases after Danver’s public affairs director and insists they can complete the job at a week — a schedule that gives them a gig, but also increases the stress of a loud clock.) Phil and Hank eat beef thanks to Phil’s ex who threw him over for the cheeky Hank. Jeff’s inexperience can be frustrating at times, but he really wants to do a good job for his uncle. and Mike has fallen into this field of work after dropping out of law school, something he has recently regretted. We do not learn everything about them, but there are no stock characters among the main cast. The interpretations feel alive and there is an intimacy between men that makes their shit talk sessions, which can break the line between joke and disgust, be considered authentic.
Less dynamic are the Danvers’s guard and official characters, who appear on screen mainly to unload the hospital background – but are much-needed information for the public. You’re already worried and just looking at the place, and afterward you learn “the frontal lobotomy was perfected here in Danvers”. (Predicting alarm!) From there, Session 9 It takes time to discuss the psychiatric methods that would make Danvers such an unhappy home for its thousands of patients. Mike, in particular, is interested in the Danvers tradition, which grows as soon as he discovers a box of “receipts” in the basement. is filled with cylinder-to-cylinder cartridges that narrate the healing sessions of a patient with a seemingly homicidal variant Cross-Identity Disorder. He soon becomes obsessed with stepping down so that he can listen to them, and the strangely distorted sounds of “Mary” and her doctor become a major part of the film’s disturbing soundtrack.
About three-quarters, Session 9 leaps of slow anxiety — you know something it’s black, but you can’t put your finger on it — at a fast-paced fire festival where everything you just saw is explained in detail. It brings a neat but unbelievable gloomy end of the story, but there is no sense of purification for anyone, at least for the public. What you remove Session 9even more than 20 years later, there is a sense that while some sites may be predisposed to facilitate evil, the vulnerable may encounter it wherever they go.
Session 9 is now being broadcast on Shudder.
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