The Scariest Movies of All Time
Brad Anderson creates an unsettling portrait of madness in the 2001 horror movie, "Session 9."
Filmed on location at the former Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts, rumored to be the birthplace of prefrontal lobotomy, the bleakly atmospheric "Session 9" revolves around the members of an asbestos removal crew who all begin to exhibit increasingly bizarre and violent behavior after beginning work at the asylum. Featuring a cast of relative nobodies (apologies to David Caruso), the film is gradually ratcheted up to heightened levels of spookiness by director Brad Anderson, who went on to thoroughly creep out audiences with "The Machinist." By utilizing an array of tension-inducing camera techniques — most notably the slow zoom — and taking advantage of the inherently eerie locale, Anderson creates an unsettling portrait of madness.