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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.

Director:

Brad Anderson
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Caruso ... Phil
Stephen Gevedon ... Mike
Paul Guilfoyle ... Bill Griggs
Josh Lucas ... Hank
Peter Mullan ... Gordon Fleming
Brendan Sexton III ... Jeff
Charley Broderick Charley Broderick ... Security Guard (as Charles Broderick)
Lonnie Farmer Lonnie Farmer ... Doctor (voice)
Larry Fessenden ... Craig McManus
Jurian Hughes Jurian Hughes ... Mary Hobbes (voice)
Sheila Stasack ... Wendy (voice)
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Fear Is A Place.

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A 9a. Sessão See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,493, 12 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$378,176
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A large subplot was ultimately cut involving a homeless woman who lived and lurked among the building and the workers. The filmmakers deleted this because test viewings found her to confuse viewers who thought she was Mary Hobbes (the patient on the tapes.) See more »

Goofs

When Hank starts finding coins in one of the tunnels below the asylum he is wearing gloves. Then when he finds the second coin only a few meters further on his gloves are gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Phil: Gordy? You look tired, man. You look beat. Your turn to feed Emma?
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Alternate Versions

The US DVD contains an additional subplot that was removed from the final cut of the film. A homeless woman resides in Danvers State Hospital, and watches the crew go about their business. Initially presented as a menacing "being", shown as collecting objects (rubbish, leaves, insects) in threes in a room, she then becomes more and more human through the film. The crew observe things to give her presence away. She witnesses their murders, and becomes scared. She then kills Gordon at the end in retribution. Unfortunately, it is badly cut, and shows at several points during the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Villmark 2 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Piece for Tape Recorder
Written & Performed by Vladimir Ussachevsky
Courtesy of CRI and American Composer Alliance (ASCAP)
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User Reviews

You won't know what hit you
24 August 2003 | by larsgorzelakSee 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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