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    Subject: Re: Jaded reviewers
    Date: Apr 4, 2002
    Sender: Joshua TanzerPrevious | Next


    I guess I'm the jaded reviewer in question.

    I really appreciate all the people who have written about how much they liked "Session 9." I agree to the extent that I think it was good to see a horror movie that was just about people and psychology, not talking dolls and guys with razor blades on their fingers and slashed-up teen girls.

    I guess what I didn't like was that ultimately the movie was just about somebody killing people left and right for what seemed to me like no coherent reason. With the setup that the movie had, I really thought the emphasis would be on the strange case from the past, and maybe the crew would figure out some long-buried mystery about the weird sessions on the tapes. They didn't need to have any body count in the present at all. Instead, it seemed to devolve into yet another slasher picture when it could have been a real mind-bender.

    And can anybody explain why the killer (trying not to give away who it is) snapped? I mean, I don't think stress is a good enough explanation, and he didn't have any history with the mental hospital as far as I can remember. If somebody has an idea about that, I'd be interested.

    -- Joshua

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    Jaded reviewers

    I'm tired of reading reviews written by seen-it-all, jaded reviewers who seem to have forgotten what it's like to actually go into a movie and watch it for what it is instead of looking for every little thing that could possibly be wrong with it.

    I'd never heard of "Session 9" before a month ago. I saw it sitting on the shelf, picked it up and read the description on the back and thought it sounded good. Apparently, so did a lot of other people because it took me nearly a month of waiting before it was ever available.

    I watched it with my wife, in the dark, and it scared the living crap out of us both. Horror movies these days, for the most part, are pure crap. This one is different. It pulled off the big scare and built mega tension without the aid of any fancy CG work. The movie doesn't so much scare you as it makes you scare yourself, using basic human fears such as fear of the dark and claustrophobia to create the atmosphere. The excellent soundtrack only intensifies the tension.

    The session tapes are an integral part of the movie, almost a sub-story, but they serve to illustrate the parallels between Gordon's and Mary's situations. Both were hurt by someone close to them accidentally and both reacted to the events in the same way.

    What I came away with from the movie was that it may be entirely possible that "Simon" was a possessive demon rather than an alternate personality. His was the only voice that didn't sound like a simple variation of Mary's authentic voice. When asked the question, "Where do you live?", the other alters named body parts such as the eyes and tongue. Simon, when asked the same question, answered, "I live in the weak and the wounded.", implying that he/it could live in anyone who fit that description and was not confined to Mary's body only.

    The very ending, when Gordon's flashbacks are fully realized, left me feeling more disturbed than any movie ever has. And it did it through aural cues only rather than SHOWING the audience what had happened. How the reviewer came to the conclusion that Gordon was a "crazed maniac hacking people to bits for no reason" is beyond me. In my opinion, the gore factor in this movie is extremely low.

    The cast was great and all of them created believable characters. I rate the movie 5 out of 5. Go rent it today. The DVD has a featurette about Danvers Asylum that when watched BEFORE the movie, will enhance the movie for you. . .at least it did for me.







    Comment index:

  • 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