- Apr 25, 2017
- Reaction score
Session Nine is one of those films that sticks with you to raise the hair on the back of your neck whenever you think of it. It’s one of those great movies that you don’t want to see too often because it never becomes just a movie. It always pulls you in, and has been mentioned, it’s many things, but pleasant isn’t one of them.One of my favorite horror movies. Probably top 10. The atmosphere is great, the sense of dread, the haunting misery. "I live in the weak and the wounded" always gets me.
The Danvers State Hospital is an amazing building, and Session 9 does a good job of showing it off. I believe the only props they added were a couple character specific ones and some chains in one of the rooms, everything else is as they found it. And the tunnels are real. They had tunnels running between buildings and to the power plant on site. Wonderfully creepy location that's pretty much the archetypical haunted asylum. It possibly was Lovecraft's inspiration for the Arkham Sanitorium, which influenced Batman's Arkham, but I believe the Batman video games went back to the original source for modeling their Arkham. It's the setting of the Call of Cthulhu adventure, Genius Loci, although honestly that adventure underuses the actual hospital. Lotta history in that there building.
Unfortunately it was mostly torn down not long after Session 9 filmed. It's a real shame.
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