For some reason when horror movie fans talk about horror movies they love — even deep cuts and indie flicks most people haven’t seen — I never hear anyone mention Session 9 despite everyone who has seen it suddenly agreeing that it’s a terrifying, well made flick.
Session 9 is psychological horror at it’s best — horror and tension that build. The fact that it’s pretty much forgotten in horror lore could be because of this as audience may not have the patience to settle in for a big payoff without the crutch of jump scares. It’s also the kind that sticks with you, you still have a feeling of unease after you turn the TV off.
The plot is simple, a business owner (Gordon) and his crew are set to remove the asbestos from a long closed hospital in a very short time frame due to Gordon’s financial stress. While cleaning up, one of the workers (Mike) finds nine taped sessions with a former hospital patient named Mary Hobbes and begins listening to them while he works. The therapist is leading the sessions in order to discover what Mary Hobbes did on Christmas 22 years prior, implying a gruesome event had been wiped from her memory. Mike struggles to finish all nine tapes and discovered what happened to Mary while other members of the crew go missing and strange things happen in the abandoned hospital.
If you haven’t seen Session 9 and are looking for that one horror movie that might actually surprise you, definitely check it out. Here’s the trailer:
Session 9 is streaming on Amazon with a Starz subscription here. I wasn’t able to find it on other streaming services, but it looks like you can sign up for a 7-day trial and watch it for free as long as you remember to cancel if you don’t want to keep it!