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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 & 3 nominations. 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 ... 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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Trivia

What Griggs says at the beginning of the film about homeless former patients trying to break back into Danvers has a ring of truth to it. It was a real problem for the town after the hospital's closure, and police officers often had to be called to round up trespassers. The building also became a hot-spot for "urban explorers" looking to get some photos of everything. This was not a good idea. The building was sturdy on the outside, but the many papers and drywall panels left behind quickly went moldy, posing a health risk, and there really were asbestos in the building, too. Flooding, rats and mice, criminal activity, rotten food and other unpleasant things began to inhabit the building, to the point at which it simply wasn't safe anymore. See more »

Goofs

Peter Mullan kept forgetting to limp during his scenes resulting in many continuity errors. These are noted in the director's commentary as well. 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 Darkness (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Piece for Tape Recorder
Written & Performed by Vladimir Ussachevsky
Courtesy of CRI and American Composer Alliance (ASCAP)
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don't watch alone, but watch it in the dark
11 March 2005 | by mals13See all my reviews

I work at a video store and when customers ask me what's a good horror movie that will actually get to them, I don't suggest any of the Freddy or Jason movies. Those are for fans, and I don't consider them to be genuinely frightening. Session 9 is, most definitely, genuinely frightening. It takes place at a mental hospital that is legend where I live. So most people know what I'm talking about when I say Danvers State Mental Hospital. It is one of the few psychologically affective movies that I've ever seen. It takes the audience on a ride through a building that seems alive to it's visitors, and forces the audience to resolve for themselves why things are happening to each character. If you want a movie that is challenging and thought-provoking, this is the one. I always tell my customers to watch this movie in the dark, but not to watch it alone. Just be aware that if there is any distraction during the movie you'll have many questions about it. I hope you enjoy it as much I as do every time I watch it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Session 9 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,493, 12 August 2001

Gross USA:

$378,176

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,612,259
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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