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Halloween Horror Countdown 2010 Day 2 October 3, 2010

Posted by vorpalkeith in Movie Review.
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Session 9
2001
Directed by Brad Anderson

“I live in the weak and the wounded, Doc.”

Preface, if you haven’t seen The Machinist, which Brad Anderson also directed, go watch that.

Session 9 revolves around an asbestos removal crew hired to clean up an abandoned insane asylum so that it can be turned into a historic site for tourists. While there, strange things begin to happen to them, seemingly tying into events in a previous patient’s life, that ultimately bring out the dark sides of each member of the crew.

The film asks the question . . . is evil a genuine force in the world or the result of madness? Is if a malignant power that can take hold of a person, literally transforming them into something else altogether?

I dare not say more because it would spoil a lot of the story. Sufficed to say, there are twists. Most of which you’ll see coming. And comparisons (mostly due to setting and subject matter) between this and Shutter Island are unavoidable.

The real star of the film is the setting, which gives us an amazing atmosphere. It was filmed at the Danvers State Mental Hospital, a spot specifically chosen by the director because he used to drive by the place every day. The place is rank, like a sour wound festering with evil. Lovely.

“Because she let me, Doc. They ALWAYS let me.”

I give it four spooky pumpkins out of five.

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