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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scream Factory - SESSION 9 on Blu-ray

SESSION 9 (2001: Brad Anderson)
I like to think of myself as a fairly weathered horror fan. I've been watching these movies for close to thirty years now, so I feel like I've built up something of a tolerance for or a thick skin against horror. Sure, I still fall for some jump scares on occasion, but for the most part, I can watch films of the genre and not get creeped out. I mean, I still enjoy the ride of the horror films, but very few of them return me to that place they did when I was a kid. You know the drill. Like when you're so freaked out from a movie that you have to sprint up the stairs to your room for fear that someone or some thing is gonna grab your feet and drag you down and get you? That's what these movies used to do to me and I don't necessarily miss it as much as I have to give due credit to those films that can give me the creeps. Most recently, IT FOLLOWS got me a little bit and had me looking over my shoulder. SESSION 9, even though I had seen it when it first came out on DVD, still got me pretty good. I definitely felt the need to  watch something lighter to chill out a bit before I went to bed. They only happens when something gets under my skin a little. It has been just the right number of years since I had seen SESSION 9 that couldn't quite remember what went down. I had ideas early, but I had to stick with the movie to let it answer my questions. It really is an interesting quasi-reworking of THE SHINING. Even down to the use of title cards telling us what day it is. I usually find myself a little distracted and underwhelmed when I can see one movie ripping off another movie and almost calling attention to it. What's funny is that SESSION 9 didn't bother me like that. The dilapidated mental  institution that the characters are ripping the asbestos out of is a nice stand-in for the Overlook Hotel, but it has enough its own eerie characteristics to make it memorable and a different kinda thing. What's catchy about the movie is they some of the most effective scenes have people creeping through rooms and hallways with very little light. Much like when you might, for example, try to get up from bed in the dark and use the light from your phone to find your way. The pattern of light and dark makes you feel lie you are IN a scene from the movie right after you've watched it. Very basic stuff, but as an older person - I can't help but respond to a movie that pushes my primal fear buttons like that and SESSION 9 does that and does it well. This movie serves as a reminder of what a great (and underrated) filmmaker Brad Anderson is. If you haven't seen some of his other works like THE MACHINIST, HAPPY ACCIDENTS, and NEXT STOP WONDERLAND - those are all interesting and recommended. Very curious about the Tony Gilroy-scripted HIGH WIRE ACT that he is currently in the process of making. SESSION 9 is great film for the Scream Factory brand. It's a perfect fit and it's exciting to see it get a nice spotlight like this as it has been a little forgotten since it came out in 2001. It is still one of the better horror movies of the last few decades so it's cool to finally have a nice edition out there in the world.
Special Features:
-NEW Return To Danvers: The Secrets Of SESSION 9 Featuring Interviews With Director/Co-writer Brad Anderson, Actor/Co-writer Stephen Gevedon, Actors Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III, Larry Fessenden, Composers The Climax Golden Twins And Director Of Photography Uta Briesewitz
-NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Locations Of The Film
-Audio Commentary With Brad Anderson And Stephen Gevedon
-Deleted Scenes And Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary By Director Brad Anderson
-Story To Screen Featurette
-The Haunted Palace Featurette
-Theatrical Trailer

1 comment:

C Chaka said...

Such a good movie. I went into it blind and it creeped the hell out of me. 100% atmosphere.