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    Subject: Working Class Horror Movie
    Date: May 28, 2002
    Sender: TerryPrevious | Next


    Session 9 is an excellent movie about how working class masculinity is a death trap, both for the father and his family. What does Simon say at the end: I am the weak and the wounded. This is also Gordon's situation: he tries to see himself as a powerful man, but is actually a working class male
    example of the weak and the wounded. In the end, his work has literally become his life. He never leaves the site -- because he has killed his family, yes, but the image resonates. Lots of men, particularly working class men, cannot leave their job behind when they go home in the evening.

    The other characters have methods to escape from -- or forms of compensation for being part of --
    the working class -- youth, a law degree, drugs, or the promise of Florida. Only Gordon has internalized the work ethic completely. This makes him set impossible deadlines for himself and others, makes him becomes paranoid that people are plotting against him, makes him unable to communicate his deepest fears, even to other men, and, worst of all, makes him kill his wife for a regrettable mistake (spilling the hot water accidently on his legs -- which presumably might interrupt the work schedule if he goes to the hospital to have it treated properly).

    Forms of hysteria are normally associated with women, but Charcot, who Freud worked with, also diagnosed many cases among working class men. Freud's paper on hysteria was written in 1885. I don't know if this helps to make sense of the dates on the coins. But, for sure, coins, unlike bank notes, are a bad thing to see in dreams. They are not worth much: they are therefore a
    sign that the dreamer is experiencing anxiety.
    In the movie, they are an effective way of showing the working class's life-long chase after small change.

    I saw the Chair as a symbol of punishment, whether the punishment inflicted on you by others -- or worse still, the punishment we inflict on ourselves.

    The real horror of Session 9 stems then from the fact that the thing we most fear is inside ourselves. The family is the ultimate site of both our most cherished dreams and therefore the form taken by our most intense anxieties. The horror that the family man Gordon is a killer who regrets but is unable to prevent this destruction
    is worse than the discovery that the horror is out there in the form of a demon or a "madman".



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  • Session 9   from Dale Carter, Mar 8, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from Piggy, Jul 13, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from Ohmygawd, Jul 25, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from jim heinis, Nov 1, 2002
  • Help me understand   from we be jammin, Feb 11, 2003
  • Re: I think I understand   from Mary, Jan 14, 2004
  • Re: Help me understand   from Mary, Jan 14, 2004
  • Yes and NO   from boogiethewonderdog, Mar 11, 2002
  • Session 9   from Pat, Mar 12, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from beeftinga, Jan 3, 2003
  • Re: Session 9   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Re: Session 9   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Apie Session 9   from Andrius, Nov 30, 2005
  • Session 9   from Vince, Mar 13, 2002
  • Right On!   from Decay Ranger, Jun 4, 2002
  • Re: Right On!   from , Mar 2, 2003
  • Re: Session 9   from n, Jul 27, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from ex-Danvers Patient, Dec 28, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from Skultch, Sep 30, 2004
  • Re: Session 9   from shel, May 19, 2007
  • Session 9   from Paul, Mar 13, 2002
  • *Awesome*   from Rachel, Jul 14, 2003
  • Caruso Shines   from Ivy, Mar 13, 2002
  • Re: Caruso Shines   from , Mar 3, 2003
  • session 9   from maurice, Mar 14, 2002
  • Re: session 9   from Jim, Mar 22, 2002
  • Re: session 9   from Jamie, Mar 25, 2002
  • A good scare flick   from Frank Black, Mar 17, 2002
  • Wendy...Gordon's wife   from Laurie, Mar 20, 2002
  • Re: Wendy...Gordon's wife   from Cap'n, Apr 28, 2002
  • Re: Wendy...Gordon's wife   from BeefTinga, Jan 3, 2003
  • Re: Wendy...Gordon's wife   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Most missed the point   from Good Scare, Mar 28, 2002
  • Inmates are congratulating each other   from hef, Apr 27, 2002
  • Re: Inmates are congratulating each other   from lope, May 13, 2002
  • Interesting Views!   from Dusty, Apr 2, 2002
  • A compelling "almost"   from Terry Vittone, Apr 3, 2002
  • Jaded reviewers   from Jeff, Apr 4, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Joshua Tanzer, Apr 4, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Jaime, Apr 14, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Apexius, May 30, 2002
  • Read this if you want   from Rembrandt Kroll, Aug 2, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Jason, Oct 9, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Laura, Oct 17, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Fever, Dec 11, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Stephen Gevedon   from Kobe Kyoko, Apr 14, 2002
  • One of the best horror films EVER   from Audiophil, Jun 13, 2002
  • I think I understand now..   from Mer, Sep 23, 2002
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Candy, Oct 14, 2002
  • Please Explain   from rg, Oct 14, 2002
  • Re: Please Explain   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Re: Please Explain   from not sayn, Jul 9, 2003
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Jeremy, Oct 20, 2002
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Leigh, Dec 2, 2002
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Fever, Dec 11, 2002
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Laura, Feb 21, 2004
  • Cool movie   from Susan, Apr 29, 2002
  • Session 9   from Lisa, May 6, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from Boogie, Dec 1, 2002
  • Some cool questions   from Simon says..., May 18, 2002
  • Re: Some cool questions   from Session 9 Fan, May 28, 2002
  • Re: Some cool questions   from Francisco, Jun 3, 2002
  • Re: Some cool questions   from Fever, Dec 11, 2002
  • Re: Some cool questions   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • » Working Class Horror Movie «   from Terry, May 28, 2002
  • Excellent insight   from marge, Jul 3, 2002
  • Re: Working Class Horror Movie   from Laura, Feb 21, 2004
  • Session 9: A True To Form Horror Movie   from Apexius, May 30, 2002
  • Re: Session 9: A True To Form Horror Movie   from Picalo Pete, Jun 9, 2002
  • Re: Session 9: A True To Form Horror Movie   from Gordon, Feb 11, 2003
  • Childish Review   from Nikku, Jul 8, 2002
  • re: misunderstood   from WS, Jul 12, 2002
  • Re: re: misunderstood   from Wes, Sep 29, 2002
  • [no subject]   from E-mail addr, Jul 27, 2002
  • We do what they did....   from Matt, Aug 1, 2002
  • Session 9   from Mat, Aug 7, 2002
  • Still don't get it?   from Lobo, Aug 14, 2002
  • Re: Still don't get it?   from Julia, Sep 5, 2002
  • Re: Still don't get it?   from spooky, Sep 12, 2002
  • You're all too used to average fodder...   from Zodiac, Sep 5, 2002
  • Session Nine is not for dummies   from Xene Cervenka, Sep 25, 2002
  • No ghosts in this one I don't think.   from Philosopher, Sep 29, 2002
  • i liked it   from Phil, Oct 8, 2002
  • Re: No ghosts in this one I don't think.   from Peter, Jun 25, 2005
  • Phone Calls   from deedum, Jun 6, 2003
  • Re: Phone Calls   from Tammy, Oct 1, 2005
  • Don't Miss Session 9   from rg, Oct 14, 2002
  • Re: Don\'t Miss Session 9   from woodstock69, Oct 14, 2002
  • Re: Don't Miss Session 9   from Kainan, Oct 23, 2002
  • Re: Don\'t Miss Session 9   from sarah, Nov 30, 2002
  • Re: Don\'t Miss Session 9   from Mary Anne, Dec 1, 2002
  • Re: Don\'t Miss Session 9   from , Feb 4, 2003
  • soul extasy son in movie!!!!   from foxrox, Nov 18, 2002
  • Session9 was a great MOVIE!   from Natalie, Dec 30, 2002
  • Re: Session9 was a great MOVIE!   from chris, Dec 31, 2002
  • COME ON! Great flick... not Shakespeare   from BaBaBooey, Jan 2, 2003
  • comments   from i cowen, Jan 24, 2003
  • the movie was...   from Maddie, Feb 23, 2003
  • session 9   from claire, Mar 6, 2003
  • Session 9.....   from Lexi, Mar 24, 2003
  • I disagree   from The Champ E-m, Oct 13, 2003
  • "bullshit"   from Brian, Jan 18, 2004
  • been there   from carmen, Jun 2, 2004
  • Re: been there   from doug, Feb 11, 2005
  • best experience of my life!!!   from The Fonz, Nov 24, 2004
  • [no subject]   from greg, Mar 27, 2005
  • im crazzy   from jayde, Nov 19, 2005
  • Apie Session 9   from Andrius, Nov 30, 2005
  • Am i the only one who understands this movie?   from Rowell, Apr 16, 2006
  • hello gordon   from Terrance Kimbrough, Jun 8, 2006
  • GONE   from CrapBall, Sep 1, 2006
  • Flaws   from Chefboyartie, Jun 24, 2008
  • Keeping the 9 alive   from Terrance kimbrough , May 15, 2009
  • Good movie but not horror   from Steven, Oct 20, 2011
  • Session 9   from Dale Carter, Mar 8, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from Piggy, Jul 13, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from Ohmygawd, Jul 25, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from jim heinis, Nov 1, 2002
  • Help me understand   from we be jammin, Feb 11, 2003
  • Re: I think I understand   from Mary, Jan 14, 2004
  • Re: Help me understand   from Mary, Jan 14, 2004
  • Yes and NO   from boogiethewonderdog, Mar 11, 2002
  • Session 9   from Pat, Mar 12, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from beeftinga, Jan 3, 2003
  • Re: Session 9   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Re: Session 9   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Apie Session 9   from Andrius, Nov 30, 2005
  • Session 9   from Vince, Mar 13, 2002
  • Right On!   from Decay Ranger, Jun 4, 2002
  • Re: Right On!   from , Mar 2, 2003
  • Re: Session 9   from n, Jul 27, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from ex-Danvers Patient, Dec 28, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from Skultch, Sep 30, 2004
  • Re: Session 9   from shel, May 19, 2007
  • Session 9   from Paul, Mar 13, 2002
  • *Awesome*   from Rachel, Jul 14, 2003
  • Caruso Shines   from Ivy, Mar 13, 2002
  • Re: Caruso Shines   from , Mar 3, 2003
  • session 9   from maurice, Mar 14, 2002
  • Re: session 9   from Jim, Mar 22, 2002
  • Re: session 9   from Jamie, Mar 25, 2002
  • A good scare flick   from Frank Black, Mar 17, 2002
  • Wendy...Gordon's wife   from Laurie, Mar 20, 2002
  • Re: Wendy...Gordon's wife   from Cap'n, Apr 28, 2002
  • Re: Wendy...Gordon's wife   from BeefTinga, Jan 3, 2003
  • Re: Wendy...Gordon's wife   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Most missed the point   from Good Scare, Mar 28, 2002
  • Inmates are congratulating each other   from hef, Apr 27, 2002
  • Re: Inmates are congratulating each other   from lope, May 13, 2002
  • Interesting Views!   from Dusty, Apr 2, 2002
  • A compelling "almost"   from Terry Vittone, Apr 3, 2002
  • Jaded reviewers   from Jeff, Apr 4, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Joshua Tanzer, Apr 4, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Jaime, Apr 14, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Apexius, May 30, 2002
  • Read this if you want   from Rembrandt Kroll, Aug 2, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Jason, Oct 9, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Laura, Oct 17, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from Fever, Dec 11, 2002
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Re: Jaded reviewers   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Stephen Gevedon   from Kobe Kyoko, Apr 14, 2002
  • One of the best horror films EVER   from Audiophil, Jun 13, 2002
  • I think I understand now..   from Mer, Sep 23, 2002
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Candy, Oct 14, 2002
  • Please Explain   from rg, Oct 14, 2002
  • Re: Please Explain   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • Re: Please Explain   from not sayn, Jul 9, 2003
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Jeremy, Oct 20, 2002
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Leigh, Dec 2, 2002
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Fever, Dec 11, 2002
  • Re: I think I understand now..   from Laura, Feb 21, 2004
  • Cool movie   from Susan, Apr 29, 2002
  • Session 9   from Lisa, May 6, 2002
  • Re: Session 9   from Boogie, Dec 1, 2002
  • Some cool questions   from Simon says..., May 18, 2002
  • Re: Some cool questions   from Session 9 Fan, May 28, 2002
  • Re: Some cool questions   from Francisco, Jun 3, 2002
  • Re: Some cool questions   from Fever, Dec 11, 2002
  • Re: Some cool questions   from , Feb 3, 2003
  • » Working Class Horror Movie «   from Terry, May 28, 2002
  • Excellent insight   from marge, Jul 3, 2002
  • Re: Working Class Horror Movie   from Laura, Feb 21, 2004
  • Session 9: A True To Form Horror Movie   from Apexius, May 30, 2002
  • Re: Session 9: A True To Form Horror Movie   from Picalo Pete, Jun 9, 2002
  • Re: Session 9: A True To Form Horror Movie   from Gordon, Feb 11, 2003
  • Childish Review   from Nikku, Jul 8, 2002
  • re: misunderstood   from WS, Jul 12, 2002
  • Re: re: misunderstood   from Wes, Sep 29, 2002
  • [no subject]   from E-mail addr, Jul 27, 2002
  • We do what they did....   from Matt, Aug 1, 2002
  • Session 9   from Mat, Aug 7, 2002
  • Still don't get it?   from Lobo, Aug 14, 2002
  • Re: Still don't get it?   from Julia, Sep 5, 2002
  • Re: Still don't get it?   from spooky, Sep 12, 2002
  • You're all too used to average fodder...   from Zodiac, Sep 5, 2002
  • Session Nine is not for dummies   from Xene Cervenka, Sep 25, 2002
  • No ghosts in this one I don't think.   from Philosopher, Sep 29, 2002
  • i liked it   from Phil, Oct 8, 2002
  • Re: No ghosts in this one I don't think.   from Peter, Jun 25, 2005
  • Phone Calls   from deedum, Jun 6, 2003
  • Re: Phone Calls   from Tammy, Oct 1, 2005
  • Don't Miss Session 9   from rg, Oct 14, 2002
  • Re: Don\'t Miss Session 9   from woodstock69, Oct 14, 2002
  • Re: Don't Miss Session 9   from Kainan, Oct 23, 2002
  • Re: Don\'t Miss Session 9   from sarah, Nov 30, 2002
  • Re: Don\'t Miss Session 9   from Mary Anne, Dec 1, 2002
  • Re: Don\'t Miss Session 9   from , Feb 4, 2003
  • soul extasy son in movie!!!!   from foxrox, Nov 18, 2002
  • Session9 was a great MOVIE!   from Natalie, Dec 30, 2002
  • Re: Session9 was a great MOVIE!   from chris, Dec 31, 2002
  • COME ON! Great flick... not Shakespeare   from BaBaBooey, Jan 2, 2003
  • comments   from i cowen, Jan 24, 2003
  • the movie was...   from Maddie, Feb 23, 2003
  • session 9   from claire, Mar 6, 2003
  • Session 9.....   from Lexi, Mar 24, 2003
  • I disagree   from The Champ E-m, Oct 13, 2003
  • "bullshit"   from Brian, Jan 18, 2004
  • been there   from carmen, Jun 2, 2004
  • Re: been there   from doug, Feb 11, 2005
  • best experience of my life!!!   from The Fonz, Nov 24, 2004
  • [no subject]   from greg, Mar 27, 2005
  • im crazzy   from jayde, Nov 19, 2005
  • Apie Session 9   from Andrius, Nov 30, 2005
  • Am i the only one who understands this movie?   from Rowell, Apr 16, 2006
  • hello gordon   from Terrance Kimbrough, Jun 8, 2006
  • GONE   from CrapBall, Sep 1, 2006
  • Flaws   from Chefboyartie, Jun 24, 2008
  • Keeping the 9 alive   from Terrance kimbrough , May 15, 2009
  • Good movie but not horror   from Steven, Oct 20, 2011