In 2001, Brad Anderson released possibly the scariest mental asylum film ever made. I’ve always been curious if Session 9 was just a personal favorite of mine, wearing out the VHS in my early high school years, or if smart film people also hold it in high regard. At any rate, it seems like no one ever mentions it anymore. The story of an asbestos cleaning crew working on an abandoned mental hospital is a unique approach for the genre as a slow-burn character study that hinges on moody creepiness. Thirteen years later, Anderson returns to the asylum setting in a much, much different kind of film. Stonehearst Asylum is a welcomed return for Anderson, his best film since 2008’s Transsiberian (not exactly saying much given The Call and Vanishing on 7th Street are the only features he’s released since). Compared to his classic asylum film, though, Stonehearst Asylum doesn’t stand much of a chance.