Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Month of Horror Day 13: Session 9

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! Tonight, Bellamy takes us back to an era when David Caruso acted without sunglasses.

There is just something inherently creepy about old, abandoned mental hospitals, my skin crawls a bit just thinking about them. It's almost like if you concentrate hard enough you can hear the screams from patients past, echoing down those long hospital corridors. The heebie jeebies, I tell ya! Now, 'Session 9' is absolutely a horror movie because it deals with horrific subject matter, it's not that it's "jump out of your seat" scary but very unnerving from start to finish. This is a movie that is so thick with atmosphere you can basically cut into it with an electric turkey carver.

The story follows an asbestos cleanup crew who are tasked with ridding the massive building of hazardous materials over a one week period which is a very short time frame considering the size of the hospital but an extra cash incentive is on the line for the hasty work. Immediately, things are just not right. Voices are heard, fuses are blown, and the workers begin poking around where they really shouldn't be, discovering some awful history. That is as much as I'm willing to divulge on plot because saying any more could potentially ruin some big moments and if you've seen this flick then I'm sure you'd agree that knowing less is where it's at! Some very solid acting throughout as well which feels like a treat for a horror movie, contributed by great character actors like Peter Mullan, David Caruso (I know!), and Josh Lucas. 'Session 9' also benefits from repeat viewings as you'll pick up on little things here and there that you may very well have missed the first go around and when a movie improves on each viewing that is a huge success--why it's regarded as a cult classic today!

After having recently toured Kamloops' very own abandoned hospital grounds, Padova City out at Tranquille Farms, I feel like this movie really nailed the feeling of wandering some of those hallways and tunnels--very eerie stuff! If you're in the mood for something more psychological over blood and gore then you owe it to yourself to give this a shot, if you haven't already!

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