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Session 9 (2001)

Cast: Peter Mullan, Peter Mullan, David Caruso, more...
Director: Brad Anderson, Brad Anderson
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Studio: Polygram USA Video
Genre: Horror, Independent
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

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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. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

Read GreenCine's exclusive interview with Brad Anderson.

Difficult to typify or classify, Anderson's films continue to draw critical buzz but not always a big audience. His highly praised and rather dark film The Machinist did little to change that pattern, but gained a new appreciation upon its DVD release. The director looks back on his work so far and to the future, including a rumored Crazies remake, in an engaging chat with Alison Veneto. Full Article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

WOW a weird and spooky move by DEpps May 27, 2003 - 7:48 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Well done, some GREAT scenes, and it only "hints" at its ending... nice extras

Sanity...The Mind as Scary Monster... by Frodo October 24, 2002 - 10:46 AM PDT
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
You won't forget this one. This extremely involving and thought provoking film will linger with you. An independent film with a low budget, succeeds where a lot of multimillion dollar special effects laden blockbusters fail. The minimal music, quick cuts, and impressive imagery create a spellbinding feeling, which draws in the viewer. Danvers asylum becomes the key foreboding character in the film. The overlapping interaction of the events affecting the characters helps to increase the feeling of dread and doom. Unanswered questions, and unresolved issues? Yes... But they don't really matter. Some brilliant work on a minimalist budget...!!!

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