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Session 9 -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Brad Anderson (written by) &
Stephen Gevedon (written by)
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Release Date:
14 September 2001 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fear Is A Place.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"What are YOU doing here...?" See more (461 total) »

Cast

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David Caruso ... Phil

Stephen Gevedon ... Mike

Paul Guilfoyle ... Bill Griggs

Josh Lucas ... Hank

Peter Mullan ... Gordon Fleming

Brendan Sexton III ... Jeff
Charley Broderick ... Security Guard (as Charles Broderick)
Lonnie Farmer ... Doctor (voice)

Larry Fessenden ... Craig McManus
Jurian Hughes ... Mary Hobbes (voice)
Sheila Stasack ... Wendy (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Daly ... Vision (uncredited)
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Directed by
Brad Anderson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Brad Anderson (written by) &
Stephen Gevedon (written by)

Produced by
Dorothy Aufiero .... producer
David Collins .... producer
Mark Donadio .... line producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Michael Williams .... producer
 
Original Music by
Climax Golden Twins 
 
Cinematography by
Uta Briesewitz 
 
Film Editing by
Brad Anderson 
 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
 
Production Design by
Sophie Carlhian 
 
Art Direction by
Roger Danchik 
 
Costume Design by
Aimee McCue 
 
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Cecchini .... hair stylist
Jerry DeCarlo .... hair stylist
Tricia Heine .... makeup artist (as Patricia A. Heine)
Todd Kleitsch .... key makeup artist
Joe Rossi .... second makeup artist
 
Production Management
Heidi August .... production supervisor
David Collins .... unit production manager
Sarah Greenwald .... set production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Blum .... first assistant director
Stephanie Finigan .... second second assistant director
Sarah Fraunfelder .... additional second assistant director
Dave Metzler .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Barillaro .... lead scenic artist
Juliet Carter .... props buyer
Manya Cetlin .... art department coordinator
Russ Fischer .... assistant property master
Julia Garrison .... painter
Jay Heyman .... property master
James Hurd .... carpenter
Jonathan Keay .... on-set dresser
Christian Tyler King .... painter
Jenny E. McCracken .... scenic artist (as Jenny McCracken)
Vanessa Mills .... scenic artist
Conrad Mulcahy .... lead man
Nerys Powell .... greensman
Theodore Suchecki .... construction coordinator
Wendy Ward .... art department production assistant
David White .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
David Baldwin .... technical support
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Susan Cahill .... assistant sound editor
Gino Conway .... technical support
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
Lisle Engle .... sound designer (as Lisle Houston Engle)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jason George .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... adr editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Eric Jaffe .... technical support (as Eriq P. Jaffe)
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Carrie Lisonbee .... sound effects editor (as Carrie Tippets)
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Vince Perry .... digital transfer engineer
Joel Reidy .... boom operator
William Smith .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bill Smith)
Alec St. John .... assistant sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Johanna Turner .... sound effects editor
Tom Williams .... sound mixer
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as James E. Wright)
Erika Wunch .... sound mixing advisor
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Kuran .... visual effects supervisor
Jo Martin .... visual effects editorial
Marilyn Nave .... visual effects coordinator
Kurt Wiley .... visual effects compositor
Jacqueline Zietlow .... administration: VCE
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Karine Albano .... best boy electric
John Althoff .... dolly grip
Woody Bell .... key grip
Jason Bowen .... rigging best boy grip
Evans Brown .... gaffer
Jan Burgess .... additional second assistant camera (as Janice Burgess)
Dave Cambria .... rigging gaffer (as David Cambria)
Lon Caracappa .... rigging gaffer
Rick Cardillo .... rigging electrician
Joseph Christofori .... first assistant camera
Robert Clark .... grip
Robert J. Clark .... grip
Erica Colegrove .... additional second assistant camera
Bob Coleman .... electrician
Rachelle Fankhauser .... electrician
William L. Flanagan .... rigging key grip (as Bill Flanagan)
Claire Folger .... still photographer
Mike Hadley .... electrician
Colin Hudson .... Steadicam operator
Colin Hudson .... camera operator
Dan Hutchinson .... electrician
Brian R. Johnson .... rigging electric
John R. Loyd .... grip (as Ric Loyd)
John R. Loyd .... grip
Tommy Maddox-Upshaw .... grip (as Tommy Upshaw)
Chris Nickerson .... electrician
Anthony Norton .... best boy grip
Charles Papert .... Steadicam operator
Michael Peterson .... electrician
Brian A. Pitts .... lighting board operator
Michael E. Reynolds .... generator operator
Daryl Richardson .... rigging best boy grip
Timothy M. Sweeney .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
 
Casting Department
Nancy Doyle .... local casting
Katharina Eggmann .... casting associate
Maura Tighe .... local casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dana Schaefer .... costume assistant
Jillian Hancock .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Kate Quinlan .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Steven Hathaway .... assistant editor
Ian B. Wile .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music consultant
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Christopher Covert .... music supervisor
Carson Daly .... executive music producer
Jeremy Raub .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Robert Martini .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Sean Baker .... assistant location manager
Aaron Benoy .... location consultant
Stephanie Carter .... production assistant
Karen Corsica .... production coordinator
Kelly Cronin .... script supervisor
Sean Daly .... assistant: Mr. Anderson
Nick DeMatteo .... safety consultant
Jim Donnelly .... location assistant: additional filming
Missy Eustermann .... post-production accountant
Erika Ewers .... assistant to producers
Christopher Fadale .... technical advisor
Zaida Fakih-Kuss .... production assistant
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Sarah Greenwald .... production assistant
Wendy Harrold .... assistant production coordinator
Ian Kennedy .... production assistant
Stephen L'Heureux .... production financing
Jennifer Malone .... unit publicist
Scott Masterson .... key set production assistant
Michael Moran .... production assistant
Jonas Navickas .... production assistant
Ann Pankonin .... craft service (as Anne Pankonin)
Luke Poling .... production assistant
Thomas Powell .... production assistant
Brian Robel .... unit coordinator
Janice Sisti .... production accountant (as Janice G. Sisti)
Eric Wagner .... location production assistant
Matt Wall .... production executive
Tod Whipple .... location manager
Jami Burke .... production assistant (uncredited)
Deirdre Cavanaugh .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cat Hartwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brad Kelly .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marc Landers .... production assistant (uncredited)
J.M. Silverman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Hebron Simckes-Joffe .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anita Treon .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and brief strong violence
Runtime:
100 min | Spain:102 min | USA:97 min
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Trivia:
Only 3 rooms had additions outside of the natural setting for atmosphere, the kitchen had meat hooks hung, the tunnel had plastic surgical gloves hung up, and the hydrotherapy room had a metal tub added. Almost everything else related to the asylum setting was found on site as the crew scoured the building for set dressing to keep things authentic.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: A CVS brand baby wipe container is in clear view when we are introduced to Carusso and Mullen in the van. A few moments later the baby wipes container is turned sideways.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Phil:Gordy? You look tired, man. You look beat. Your turn to feed Emma?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Silent Hill 3 (2003) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Soul EcstasySee more »

FAQ

Where was this movie filmed? I'd like to go and explore.
I don't understand the entire "Hank went to casino school in Miami" subplot. How could Hank talk on the phone if he was hurt or dead? Was Hank lying? Were Amy or Phil covering something up?
Who is the voice of Simon?
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235 out of 288 people found the following review useful.
"What are YOU doing here...?", 14 May 2002
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

Seeing a film like Session 9 just reaffirms that there are truly great films still being made.

While many (including the filmmakers) will find comparisons to Don't Look Now, The Shining, and even a nod to The Changeling, Session 9 still stands on its own as a most effective, brooding experience of dread -- and that's a good thing! I found the style and tension more genuine than the grandiose The Shining, and Session 9 relies mostly on real fears and no gratuitous material to entertain. This film wants to creep you out and that's its soul purpose. No pretty young GAP models, no trendy MTV-influenced rap/metal soundtrack, no breasts, no giggle-inducing decapitation effects. If you want those, by all means go watch something else as there are plenty other films that offer that to those with short attention spans. If you want to be drawn INTO a film, a place of fear, and THINK as well, Session 9 is like a therapy session of nightmares.

The story is simple and complex at the same time, as workers removing asbestos from the massive Danvers Mental Hospital slowly unravel along with secrets from taped audio recordings of a former patient. I never saw the characters' backgrounds as "underdeveloped" as some have complained -- you don't need to know EVERYTHING about these guys and besides, more information about them would have slowed the film down even more, and its nice, brooding pace is just right as it is. And don't worry if some of the things that seem like "clues" are left unresolved, that's part of the fun. Just like I still say many of the weird "clues" in David Lynch's works like Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive are just there to be weird and draw you in, not that they actually have any direct connection to the main story.

The actual Danvers Hospital is an amazing setting as the whole structure is a character all it's own and will disturb you without it having to do much but just BE there in the film. The minimalistic soundtrack is unsettling and downright perfect (I even bought it on CD and am still trying to figure out why it attracts me so much, playing it in the background while, say, typing away something like this....).

Each actor does a fine job -- yes, even David Caruso (some of you need to get off his back!) as a guy who seems to get a bit impatient yet maintaining a sense of calm. Peter Mullan, Steven Gevedon, Josh Lucas, and Brendan Sexton III seem like real, regular blue collar guys. It's refreshing to see a film not insecure in having a mature, rough-edged cast. By giving you a sense that these guys are real (yes, even though they tend to be slacking off quite a bit in places when they're supposed to get the job done in a week), the quiet dread of the story will draw you in and you'll be absorbed completely. Of course, if you appreciate less flashy films like this, you'll agree it's damn near perfect. Oh, to those here on IMDb who criticized the scene with a jar of peanut butter left on the floor, welllll, think about this: considering the state of its consumer, do you think that whoever left it there cared where the container was disposed? Man, do you people get picky over the strangest things! Whatever may seem implausible in the story or the characters' actions really doesn't wreck the film, as it is to be appreciated much for its atmosphere and story. I didn't find the ending to be so hard to understand at all, those that had their mind set that they didn't like this film were too busy being angry to just sit back and let everything present itself quite clearly.

If this film is categorized as horror then it's one of the best I've ever seen, definitely one of the best in years. It takes a LOT to scare me, and there's one specific scene with Josh and his experience in the basement that caused a wave of tingling goosebumps all over my body. It was exhilarating to be scared that effectively by a single scene!

Folks, you can't trash this film because it doesn't give you easy explanations or allows you to have some cheap voyeuristic thrills. Many of you who didn't like Session 9 seemed to know from reading its summary that it wasn't offering slam-bang entertainment. If you like your mind to be stimulated and love being absorbed in mysterious and wondrous storytelling, Session 9 is by my definition a flawless piece of work. For anyone else, I'd just say........."What are YOU doing here....?"

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