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Session 9 : Meet your hypnotist,
This review is from: Session 9 [DVD] (DVD)
The cover of the dvd was what drew me into it initialy, a solitary wheel chair at the end of a poorly lit corridoor (pretty much the signature shot of the film), how eerie. Basicaly Session 9 returns to the formula of ,arguably, the greatest horror films made (The Shining, The Haunting et al) by setting the entire movie in a large deserted location. (a hotel, an old mansion etc.) And this time it's a mental institution that closed down about ten years ago. It's huge and looming, the perfect setting.
The direction is spot on (in my opinion) sound overs and flash backs are utilised perfectly.. although maybe a particular scene is replayed a few too many times.. it is an important one though.
Ten minutes or so into the film and it really does deliver the same sort of psychological tension that the above classics do. You can feel something big coming. And it's not something like the typical scenes that characterise horror in the 80's to present day. It doesnt rely on shock moments, or hack and slash moments, instead it has some truly disturbing scenes that really are impressive. You'd be hard pressed to find any moments as chilling as the parts where we hear the tapes of an interview with a particular ex patient at the hospital. Absolutely terrific. There are other good moments, including the 'running from the dark' bit but I wont go into them. The film pretty much
sticks to the famous saying by Robert Wise (Director of 'the Haunting') "What you dont see is infinetly more frightening than what you do"
Unfortunatly however, this isnt a perfect ten. With such a good setting and build up plot, I felt this film had a lot more potential than what was produced in the end. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but it could have been so much better. The Ending is a tiny bit baffling really, but not totaly illogical and when you manage to peice together what's going on you'll wonder how it confused you in the first place. The good thing about the DVD is that it has an alternate version of the film on it.. well sort of.. there's a few deleted scenes and an alternate ending that if they had been included would have changed the film considerably. Infact all the extras included on the DVD are pretty cool and worth a peek. The actors aren't hugely famous, David Caruso being the most well known, but they all do a fantastic job. And To be honest, Session 9 is easily one of the best horror films of the last decade. Considering that it was pretty low budget and released in the UK very quietly. If you like Psychological horror, then this is definetly worth checking out. I mean.. look at the cover.. there's a wheelchair..ahh