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.


Brad Anderson
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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 ... Doctor (voice)
Larry Fessenden ... Craig McManus
Jurian Hughes Jurian Hughes ... Mary Hobbes (voice)
Sheila Stasack ... Wendy (voice)


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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Did You Know?


Brad Anderson was originally going to use a spinning camera motif throughout the whole movie. See more »


At the very end of this movie there's a typo in the copyright notice. The word motion, as in motion picture, is spelled "motin". See more »


[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 »


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Composed and written by Lino Alessio and Stu Saddoris
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A Tale of Insanity
23 November 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The owner of a small asbestos abatement company, Gordon Fleming (Peter Mullan), needs to work and accepts to remove the asbestos of the abandoned Danvers State Hospital, a mental institution that is closed since 1985 in one week. He has a baby girl and has some personal problems with his wife Wendy, calling her on his cellular. Gordon and his partner Phil (David Caruso) need to bring more workers to accomplish the schedule, and Hank (Josh Lucas), Mike (Stephen Gevedon) and Jeff (Brendan Sexton III) join the team. Phil does not like Hank that has stolen his girlfriend; Mike is a law school dropout; and Jeff has fear of the darkness.

Mike finds a sealed box tagged with the word "Evidence" and when he opens, he finds nine taped sessions of the patient Mary Hobbes that had multiple personalities (The Princess, Billy and Simon). Mike listens to the tapes and none of the personalities wants to talk about Simon. However, in Session 9, Simon finally appears and he discovers that he is evil. Meanwhile Hank finds ancient silver coins and disappears.

"Session 9" is a cult horror movie with a promising premise and environment but also with a confused development. The plot is a tale of insanity only and a kind of "The Shinning" rip-off, but not a supernatural story. It is not clear how the process is triggered in the head of the lunatic and the connection with Simon. My vote is six.

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Release Date:

14 September 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Session 9 See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,493, 12 August 2001

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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