Brad Anderson’s criminally underrated psychological thriller filmed at the actual Danvers State Insane Asylum in Danvers, Massachusetts. Session 9 finds an asbestos abatement crew dealing with the real or imagined specters that still haunt the disturbed walls of the asylum.
Scarecrows are always eerie. Even in more “tame” offerings like this, scarecrows still manage to ratchet up the creepiness.
While director D.J. Caruso’s modern retelling of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, isn’t a straight up horror movie per se, it contains enough elements of the genre to be included here.
From IMDb: “A true-crime writer (Ethan Hawke) finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.”
Surprisingly well done film that stands out from the recent deluge of paranormal/ghost/exorcism/possession/haunted house movies that Hollywood has forced upon us.
What makes Sinister work so well is the obsessive nature of the film and the journey Ellison Oswalt goes on to find out what happened to the family he is investigating for his book. It’s not just a bunch of mindless teenagers doing incredibly stupid and questionable things in the face of certain peril.
Another plus is the incredible soundtrack/scape. Almost like another actor, the sound design adds a serious sense of dread and foreboding to the film, especially when playing over top of the otherwise silent 8mm home movies.
The Crazies (2010)
A remake of a seldom-seen 1972 George Romeo film, about a small town in Iowa whose inhabitants drink contaminated water. The tainted water turns them into “Crazies” with an insatiable blood lust. The film is slick but remains one of the better remakes in recent years.