Session 9

September 14th, 2001


Session 9

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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.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.7/10 (21,835 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Brad Anderson

Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle

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.

Writers: Brad Anderson, Stephen Gevedon

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

Taglines: Fear Is A Place.

Release Date: 14 September 2001

Filming Locations: 703 Lynnfield Street, Lynn, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $76,493 (USA) (12 August 2001) (30 Screens)

Gross: $378,176 (USA)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Only 3 rooms had additions outside of the natural setting for atmosphere, the kitchen had meat hooks hung, the tunnel had plastic surgical gloves hung up, and the hydrotherapy room had a metal tub added. Almost everything else related to the asylum setting was found on site as the crew scoured the building for set dressing to keep things authentic.

Continuity: When Gordon is sitting in his van outside his house looking at the christening photographs, we can see in the background his wife Wendy and their daughter Emma both in the garden. We then cut to the garden and see Wendy picking up Emma and carrying her into the house. We then cut back to Gordon in his van looking at the photographs, just before he leans over to pick up his bag and leave the van you can clearly see Wendy through the window carrying Emma into the house for a second time.

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

User Review

Some movies are too good for people


I usually don't write reviews on imdb. But I wanted to in this case after reading so many user comments for "Session 9". I think it's a shame that film audiences today have become so lazy. Here is a film that displays artistry, subtlety, and intelligence, relying on the viewer to actually use their brain instead of be bombarded by useless imagery. This truly is a horrifying movie. And so many people have problems with it... people say it's the "worst piece of crap" they've ever seen, but then go and high-five each other while watching "The House on Haunted Hill" or "Jeepers Creepers 2". Movies like this are rare, but making a come-back. The horror is psychological, and the director's handle on atmosphere is intimidating. I found this film to be one of the most disturbing movies I'd seen in a long time. Another great independent horror film, "May", is also suffering from poor reviews by people who don't seem to really understand what they're watching, and react angrily to that. If you are a serious movie fan, who likes to use your brain and be challenged by a film, watch this movie. It's fantastic. If you'd rather just see what the latest computer effects wizards are dreaming up, there a number of other films where things pop out at you and teenagers get killed by something. Stick to those.

Session 9: 10/10


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