Session 9

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Overview

Writer/director Brad Anderson, known for whimsical romantic comedies like Next Stop, Wonderland, was inspired by the astonishing, creepy visage of an abandoned mental hospital in Danvers, MA, to make the intense psychological horror film Session 9. The film stars the redoubtable Scottish actor Peter Mullan from Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe as Gordon Fleming, a new father struggling to keep his asbestos removal company afloat. Desperate to bring in some money, the normally deliberate and careful Gordon gets the ...
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Overview

Writer/director Brad Anderson, known for whimsical romantic comedies like Next Stop, Wonderland, was inspired by the astonishing, creepy visage of an abandoned mental hospital in Danvers, MA, to make the intense psychological horror film Session 9. The film stars the redoubtable Scottish actor Peter Mullan from Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe as Gordon Fleming, a new father struggling to keep his asbestos removal company afloat. Desperate to bring in some money, the normally deliberate and careful Gordon gets the contract by promising that his company can clear out the creepy deserted building in a week's time. Assisted by his right-hand man, Phil David Caruso, Gordon hires a crew and, pressed by the nearly impossible deadline, gets the hazardous work underway. But each man on the crew harbors a dangerous secret, and it's only a short time before the haunted atmosphere of the asylum -- where cruel and primitive means were used to control unstable patients -- begins to work its dark spell on them. Session 9 was one of the first feature films shot using Sony's 24P HD video, which shoots at 24 frames per second, like film, as opposed to the 30 frames per second of conventional video. The filmmakers used the same camera that George Lucas would later use to film Star Wars: Episode II. Using this technology, Anderson and director of photography Uta Briesewitz were able to produce the uniquely effective, deep-focus images in Session 9 using mostly natural light.
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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
1/2
Session 9, a spine-tingler directed with fierce finesse by Brad Anderson, puts an asbestos-removal crew (Peter Mullan, David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III) into an abandoned asylum and lets the scares rip without mercy.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
Session 9 is so effective that its sense of uncertainty lingers long after the theater lights have gone up.
Fangoria - Michael Gingold

Session 9is a genre work in the classic, composed style, working mostly with shadows and suggestion (until the end, anyway) instead of tricking things up with too much fancy cutting and shaky handheld work. Anderson has never done a horror project before (his previous features were romantic comedies), and this one is good enough to make one hope he doesn't take too much time before tackling another.


Session 9is a genre work in the classic, composed style, working mostly with shadows and suggestion (until the end, anyway) instead of tricking things up with too much fancy cutting and shaky handheld work. Anderson has never done a horror project before (his previous features were romantic comedies), and this one is good enough to make one hope he doesn't take too much time before tackling another.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • UPC: 696306031536
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Polygram Usa Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Priced for Rental Market
  • Presentation: Priced for Rental Market
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Mullan Gordon Fleming
David Caruso Phil Cronenburg
Stephen Gevedon Mike King
Josh Lucas Hank Romero
Brendan Sexton Jr. Jeff Fleming
Brendan Sexton III Jeff Fleming
Paul Guilfoyle Bill Griggs
Lonnie Farmer Voice Only
Technical Credits
Brad Anderson Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Dorothy Aufiero Producer
Uta Briesewitz Cinematographer
Sophie Carlhian Production Designer
David Collins Producer
Stephen Gevedon Screenwriter
John Sloss Executive Producer
Michael Williams Producer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A creepy film that any horror fan should see.

    Its a film that's more suspenseful and barely has any gore except maybe in a scene or two. This is the story about a team that has a week to complete a job at an abandoned mental hospital. Weird things start to happen that affects each of the members on the team. What I like about this film is that not only is it creepy, but it shows that sometimes not every scary movie has to have gore or the occasional monster(IMO anyway). The actors were pretty good especially the different personalities of Mary now that was some really good voice acting there. So basically I'm saying to all you horror fans out there, see this film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    There's a difference between a shocking twist and one that just loses you. This is it.

    There are plenty of great movies out there that throw an awesome twist in near the end that leaves you staring blankly at the screen while you try to piece it all together in total "awe." This is not one of them.<BR/><BR/>The characters in the movie buy an old run down asylum, working on it and fixing it up to make it into something else. Along the way, things start to go a little screwy and it seems as though each characters starts to have his own problems.<BR/><BR/>I won't spoil anything so that's all I will say about the plot points. The movie jumps around way too much. "First it's here then here and then it makes you think this but it's really this..." The ending doesn't confirm anything, either. I was stuck having to ask others who had seen it what the ending even meant and between the three of us, no one could come up with a solid explanation. It was all full of maybes. And yes, some movies are good when left open for interpretation but there is also a difference there. Those are typically good when they at least give you a general idea of what happened and let you go from there but this one simply throws it at you and then roll the credits. It was as if they were too lazy to explain anything.<BR/><BR/>The acting feels very generic, nothing stood out to me. The only good point was the music, which was truly eerie and could make you feel a little bit of dread for the characters that the movie doesn't even make you care about to begin with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Refreshingly original

    I was quiet impressed with this movie to be honest. It's not very often anymore that a movie gives you a genuine creepy feeling without just giving you everything visually. This movie has a very original storyline and feel. Definitely worth a watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gorgeous Dread

    The best scary stories always offer a horror beyond the threat of physical violence. A dread that plagues the living even in broad daylight. That incalcuable haunting quality is what seperates a pulse-raising two hours from a deliciously unsettling film that embeds itself in the viewers subconscious for weeks or years to come. Session 9 taps deeply into that fear behind the fear that will keep you squirming without knowing why long after the film is over. It also holds the distinction of being the first beautiful digital movie. Crystal clear and unworldly, it's great just to look at and should enjoy a growing cult status for a generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breatholding & suspenseful..Not at all bloody

    I watched this on a pay for view channel, because there wasn't anything on. I could not take my eyes away from the screen. I have to say this is the first time I liked David Caruso in anything before CSI:Miami.Kudos to Mr Anderson a great film, just remember to breathe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scared the bejesus out of me

    This movie, Session 9, was as intense a horror movie as I've seen in a long time. There was something about the movie, maybe the fact that it was filmed in a haunted building, that drew me to it. This movie, is one heck of a thrill ride. The next time I see it, it will be in the dark, with all the lights out. In fact, watching the movie has made me have a desire to visit the hospital. Anyway, if you want a good scare, check this out. The lights going out in the tunnel was an intense spine-jarring scare. And the musical score made the movie all that more scarier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2004

    THIS Is What You're Doing Here!

    There aren't many horror films aimed at those of us over 35 these days. Session 9 is a film guaranteed to confuse younger viewers still convinced of immortality, and they most likely will be left wondering what all the fuss is about. But if you number among the weary, battle scarred denizens of middle age, we who have been replaced at work by a young,energetic newbie 'hotshot climber', or lost the love of your life to 'the hip,happenin' guy/gal casual acquaintance', Session 9 will go to the bone. Disappointed expectations got ya down? It could be worse. You could be Gordon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    creepy and true

    This movie was insanely creepy and horrorifying. The movie was filmed at the Danvers State Mental Hospital in my town of Danvers MA. The hospital is supposedly haunted and no one is allowed in. High school kids still try to get in so there is security on the grounds at all time. Frankly, I wouldn't want to go in that room at all. The scene where the lights go out behind the guy who is afraid of the dark is especially creepy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will Remain in your Mind

    One of the best movies I have ever seen, bar none. And as for the lights going out in a row, this IS very plausible as on a large scale the generator would unevenly distribute the electricity thereby fading out over each grid as power was lost due to voltage failure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    scary engrossing thriller delivers the thrills

    I am a huge fan of exploring abandoned & creeped out places. Abandoned railroad tunnels & psychiatric institutes are my bag, so this movie really appealed to me. I could almost envision myself at this facility (which is a real place located in Massachusetts. watch the behind the scenes video afterwards. Hearing how one actor felt compelled to jump off the roof was enough to move this movie from the realm of theatre to reality for me, thank you very much) it is skillfully directed, and the best scene in the whole movie is also the most impossible. When the power dies, lights don't turn out like dominos, they just all blink out, but the fear of being in that situation was enough for me to schlepp off any ''come ON!'' feelings I had about the lack of reality. All in all this was a top notch movie with first rate acting, writing and directing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Evil Dead meets Sixth Sense

    Anderson has effectively created a smart, chilling, good to the last drop horror film. The only weak link is the, scared of the dark, nephew, although he sucks the viewer into his nightmare when he is walking a loooong narrow hallway deep within the bowels of the abandoned Mental Institution as the lights go out in succesion behind him. Caruso fans will enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Psychological Thriller

    Intelligently creepy! If you are a fan of psychological terror, then this movie is for you. This movie almost immediately draws you in to its subtle horror centered around an eerie abandoned insane asylum. A good acting cast (including David Caruso) also helps to set the tone to the very gripping theme of ''the human psyche run amuck.'' Session 9 is well written and well directed and is a very heart pounding dive into a realization of just how close everyone can be to losing their grips on sanity!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you love horror, see this movie!

    This movie was very creepy. The acting is superb. I only give it a four because I think the ending was a bit of a let down. The movie did a good job of elevating itself above the typical genre horror flick until the end. But if you like the kind of horror movie that scares you with shadows and sound and not blood and guts, this is the movie for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For the Connoisseur of Horror

    I've rented and watched this movie enough to have purchased it 2 times over. So, I'm now purchasing it through Barnes and Noble. Its release made it an automatic classic, with the likes of The Exorcist. I was surpised a final line of dialogue could elicit such terror, yet at the same time produce the culmination and conclusion to a full-length feature film. Excellent writing, skillful acting, perfect flow of scenes and continuity. I have rented this movie for every friend I know who enjoys horror, and they've all returned accolades consistent with mine. I've depleted my selection of horror at Blockbuster, House of Video, Hollywood video and others, and have actually discovered a few gems, but none surprised me more than Session 9. I would like to say, ''thank you for not disappointing,'' but know not where to send it. I guess this will have to do. Rent Session 9 and you'll purchase it. You'll find you use it as a tool to measure all other horror genre films by.

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    Posted August 18, 2009

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