Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Session 9 (2001)

A neat little haunted house story about a group of workers removing asbestos from an abandoned mental hospital. A little bit of local pride: this was actually shot at the abandoned Danvers Mental Hospital in Danvers, MA. Brad Anderson, the director, apparently used to drive past it everyday going to work and wanted to shoot something there. How about the movie? Its pretty good and being set in an abandoned mental hospital, suitably creepy. At times, reminding me of The Shining, never quite reaching those heights of course, but in the idea of working class men or man having severe personal issues, and then psychological being transformed by a place with a sordid past. I've thought about it a lot since I watched it about a day or two, and I am still not quite sure they completely nail the ending, but they do an admirable job of creating a sense of impending doom and foreboding throughout, its definitely worth a look for a minor, overlooked, small horror movie from the early aughts.

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