Session 9
Directed by Brad Anderson
Starring David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Josh Lucas,
Stephen Gevedon, Brendan Sexton III, Paul Guilfoyle

If you're interested in abandoned mental hospitals (and really, who isn't?), you've probably seen websites about The Ridges and the Broadview Developmental Center, among others. Ohio used to have a whole system of state-run mental hospitals in the Kirbride style in every corner of the state.

But none of our scary abandoned mental hospitals can hold a candle to the Danvers Hospital in Massachusetts, setting of the truly excellent horror movie Session 9. Don't be put off by the USA Films distribution logo at the beginning; this is scary stuff all the way through, with an ending that's shocking and well-earned. It really manages to capture what exactly it is that's so fascinating about these huge, abandoned behemoths--especially in scenes where Stephen Gevedon listens to creepy recordings of patient therapy sessions. Scary without being melodramatic, surprising without being cliched, Session 9 is highly recommended.