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Session 9 (2001)

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Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.


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An asbestos abatement crew wins the bid for an abandoned insane asylum. What should be a straightforward, if rather rushed, job, is complicated by the personal histories of the crew. In particular, Hank is dating Phil's old girlfriend, and Gordon's new baby seems to be unnerving him more than should be expected. Things get more complicated as would-be lawyer Mike plays the tapes from a former patient with multiple personalities, including the mysterious Simon who does not appear until Session 9, and as Hank disappears after finding some old coins. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear Is A Place.


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief strong violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 September 2001 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Dziewiata sesja  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$76,493 (USA) (10 August 2001)


$373,967 (USA) (12 October 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The vintage magazine clipping on the wall of one of the rooms at the Danvers Hospital was featured on the website www.yourprops.com after it was rescued from the building before the building was torn down. However, most of the other photos and clippings on the walls couldn't be salvaged because they were destroyed by mold and humidity. See more »


Peter Mullan kept forgetting to limp during his scenes resulting in many continuity errors. These are noted in the director's commentary as well. See more »


[first lines]
Phil: Gordy? You look tired, man. You look beat. Your turn to feed Emma?
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Soul Ecstasy
Written by Setev Salas, Ross Harrs & Craig Borrell
Performed by The Inner Thumb
Courtesy of Emperor Norton Records and Salidified Songs (BMI)
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You won't know what hit you
24 August 2003 | by (Aarhus, Denmark) – See all my reviews

No point in mincing words: Brad Anderson's Session 9 is the best horror movie I've seen in a long time. It's intelligent, well-written, it's completely unpredictable, it looks great (I didn't really notice until the second viewing how well the editing and the photography work together), and the soundtrack is downright creepy. Until recently only two films had managed to make me lie awake at night: Dario Argento's "Opera" and Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chain Saw Massacre". Well, now the list includes three films. Honestly, there is no excuse not to see this one, folks. Horror doesn't get any better than this.

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