This is how a horror movie should be done. There are no aliens, no men in rubber suits, no cliched celluloid psyopaths and definitely no bad CGI monsters. What we get instead is almost unbearable, terrifying suspense, a film that truly makes the most of it's creepy location and will have you looking over your shoulder by the time the credits role. For maximum fear this should be watched alone, late at night with the lights down low.
David Caruso and Peter Mullan head an impressive cast, (Mullan particularly shines) who have the unenviable task of clearing out an abandoned asylum. That should be enough to put the creeps up anybody, but it soon becomes clear that the asylums past history may be coming back to haunt them.
What could easily have become territory for a bad B-movie, instead becomes a tale of terror as the tension mounts and the truth is slowly revealed. The brilliant location is expertly used to instill in you a fear that something rather unpleasant is waiting just around the corner, but it never once resorts to cheap thrills.
It is shocking to think that with all the rubbish that comes from Hollywood every year, an original film like Session 9 doesn't even get a cinema release in the UK.
You do however get the feeling that it will struggle for a convincing ending and indeed it does fall apart a little in the final thirty minutes. That said, this is still a brilliantly understated pyschological chiller, that is part "Blair Witch Project", part "The Shining" and it deserves to find an audience, hopefully it will find it's home on DVD.