October 13, 2014

31 Days of Creepy Scenes, #19: Simon

They've given us nightmares, given us chills, made us cringe, made us laugh, made us gag, and made us stare at the screen in awe: these are the scenes that pop into our minds when we think of great Horror Films, and we love them all.

*We recommend that if you've never seen these scenes before, that you experience them for the first time unspoiled in the movies that they come from, if you can. With that in mind, we'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible while discussing them; try, being the key word here. 

Set against the eerie backdrop of Danvers State Hospital, Session 9 is a creepy, atmospheric, psychologically terrifying movie, which will have most people skeeved out long before its final scene arrives... but when it does arrive, those willies will intensify to a much higher level.

Session 9 revolves around a Hazmat Crew that has been charged with removing the asbestos from the long-abandoned Danvers State Hospital. As the job wears on, one of the crew members (Mike) finds an old box marked "Evidence." Inside are nine taped sessions between a Doctor and a patient named Mary Hobbes. Mary has Multiple Personality Disorder, in which her consciousness has manifested three separate personalities: Princess (an innocent girl); Billy (a protective boy); and "Simon," the "bad one" that both Princess and Billy refuse to speak of.

Throughout the movie, Mike plays the tapes compulsively, one by one and in order, each of them becoming more chilling than the last. As the movie is coming to a close, and we see what has been going on with all of the characters, the last tape plays, and we finally hear from "Simon."

That voice... that music... we just got chills. Honestly.

The thing about the "Simon" scene is not only does it close the movie, but it closes the movie on a Supernatural note; when asked by the Doctor where he lives, "Simon" says (no pun intended) "I live in the weak and the wounded, Doc." Now, you can take that to mean whatever you like, but it's pretty clear to us that "Simon" is some sort of presence that lives in Danvers, and it preys on the weakest amongst the visiting Hazmat Crew, making them do some truly terrible things.

If you really want to have the shit scared out of you this Halloween Season, get a hold of a copy of Session 9, wait until it's dark and quiet in your house, and watch it alone (or with someone that knows how to shut the hell up during movies.) We promise that if you do, it won't be long before you're turning extra lights on in the house, and asking yourself "why did I just watch that!"


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