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?


Not many props were needed for the making of Session 9. Unfortunately though, much of the building had been looted and damaged by local teenagers using it as a place to party and drink, which is where much of the graffiti came from. Most of the equipment left behind had been stolen, but a lot of the wall art, such as the taped-up book clippings and photos, were the real deal and had been left behind by patients. Upon the hospital's closure, any official records of which patients stayed at Danvers were moved to other hospitals, to archives and to records management offices throughout Massachusetts. 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 »


Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) See more »


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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Truly Wonderful
19 October 2016 | by Selena-KyleSee all my reviews

There are two kinds of horror movies.

One, the ones that need to rely on gore to get a reaction from an audience. The other, the kind that requires a brain in order to process the fear-inducing story. I think the one that requires a brain is the best kind because there is no limit to what the mind can make you feel, and when done right, the second kind of movie will take you to heights of horror and suspense that the first kind of movie can only aspire to.

This movie, Session 9, falls in the category of the second kind and that is apparent by the number of people who have chosen to rate it based on their limited taste for just gore, with no substance.

So, in closing I won't go into what happens in the movie, because that is the fun, but will simply say that if you are looking for a chop-'em- up, blood squirting in your face slasher flick, this isn't it. If you are looking for a suspenseful little flick that builds the creep and fear factor, enjoy.

If you are a connoisseur of FEELING a movie, you will hopefully be back to rate it accordingly.

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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

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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