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
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The art clipping featured in Session 9 on the wall that reads "Suddenly it's going to dawn on you" left fans wondering where it came from, as it was already at the abandoned Danvers mental hospital when filming took place. The clipping is from a 1977 Datsun B-210 Hatchback magazine ad; the phrase itself with the stylized blue 'S' in 'Suddenly' was used frequently for marketing Datsun vehicles in the 1970's. See more »
When Gordon seemingly cut's himself, he doesn't, he removed the hand before the blade even touched him. See more »
Gordy? You look tired, man. You look beat. Your turn to feed Emma?
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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 »
Excerpts from "Dream Cut Short in the Mysterious Clouds"
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Imperfect but smart and genuinely creepy
With a brilliant premise, "Session 9" is a slow build of genuine atmospheric creepiness. More akin to Nicolas Roeg's classic "Don't Look Now" than more recent horror fare with high body counts, director Brad Anderson effectively builds tension in layers of voiceovers and (mostly subtle) foreshadowing to build to a climax of madness, with sparing use of the cheaper horror devices. Unfortunately the characters are not as fleshed out as one would have hoped, so we are left with some unanswered questions (we would have liked to have met Gordon's family and Hank's girlfriend. Why did Mike drop out of law school?). Though the subtle horrors of this film may fail to grasp the short attention spans of younger moviegoers who consider "I Know What You Did Last Scream" to be the de facto standard of the genre, this is a very cleverly executed, if imperfect, thriller.
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