“Session 9” – Movie review

A group of contractors are hired to remove the asbestos from an old abandoned mental asylum. What could possibly go wrong?

Directed by Brad Anderson and staring  David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, and Brendan Sexton III Session 9 is an atmospheric, suspenseful psychological horror film about the asbestos cleaning crew and their investigations of a former patient trough a bunch of recorded tapes.

The movie builds up slowly but it is something that actually adds to the beauty of the film. It’s very well paced and keeps you immersed in the film at all times. The first half builds up the tension as we see Gordon, the boss of the operation try to cope with his personal problems while trying to keep the team together and finish the job as soon as possible. Meanwhile his partner Phil, who has issue with 1 of their workers who is dating his ex and can’t help himself but rub it in his face. It’s made obvious that there is more than what Gordon tells his friends going on with him. The asylum seems to be having an odd psychological effect on him. Meanwhile while exploring the old asylum, Mike finds a bunch of tapes which tell the story of a patient called Mary Hobbes with multiple personality disorder and the doctor examining her who is trying to root out her suppressed memories which some of her personalities seem to know about.  As the movie progresses one member of the cleaning crew seems to disappear and that’s where things start to get really weird.

One of my favorite parts of the movies were the shots of the asylum itself combined with the haunting piano music that followed it. It really sticks out and is done very well. The actors work well together and none seems to outshine the other. If you are a fan of movies that like to build up slowly but successfully then this is a must watch for you. It will keep you on the edge of your seat at all times and despite some of its minor flaws it is very well executed.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it below. What did you think of the ending, was it supernatural or maybe something else?

Final verdict: 9/10

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