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Session 9 [DVD]

David Caruso , Stephen Gevedon , Brad Anderson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, Peter Mullan
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Writers: Stephen Gevedon, Brad Anderson
  • Producers: David Collins, Dorothy Aufiero, John Sloss, Mark Donadio, Michael Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083EDB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,594 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Few things are more sure-fire creepy than huge abandoned buildings, and Session 9 has one of the eeriest buildings you've ever seen. A hazardous-materials-cleanup company has been hired to eliminate asbestos tiles and other toxic material from a gigantic mental hospital that had been shut down in the 1980s. But as one member of the team starts to nose into old files in the office, he uncovers a series of tape recordings of psychiatric sessions--nine of them--related to a notorious sexual abuse case. Soon, toxic materials and dark spirits start to merge. Like The Blair Witch Project (and most horror movies, really), Session 9 is longer on atmosphere and dream logic than story--but the atmosphere is effectively unsettling. A strong cast (including Peter Mullan, David Caruso, and Brendan Sexton III) do an effective job of slowly cracking under stress and evil influences. --Bret Fetzer

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Asbestos removal man Gordon Fleming (Peter Mullan) has been hired to clear out an old abandoned mental hospital located deep in the woods. Gordon and his four-man crew are all conscious that they are working against a deadline, and determine to do the job as quickly as possible. However, they remain largely unaware of the asylum's history of patient abuse, medieval practices, and demonic possession, a history which soon begins to make itself felt in the most terrifying ways.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying tension! 31 Jan 2003
This is how a horror movie should be done. There are no aliens, no men in rubber suits, no cliched celluloid psyopaths and definitely no bad CGI monsters. What we get instead is almost unbearable, terrifying suspense, a film that truly makes the most of it's creepy location and will have you looking over your shoulder by the time the credits role. For maximum fear this should be watched alone, late at night with the lights down low.
David Caruso and Peter Mullan head an impressive cast, (Mullan particularly shines) who have the unenviable task of clearing out an abandoned asylum. That should be enough to put the creeps up anybody, but it soon becomes clear that the asylums past history may be coming back to haunt them.
What could easily have become territory for a bad B-movie, instead becomes a tale of terror as the tension mounts and the truth is slowly revealed. The brilliant location is expertly used to instill in you a fear that something rather unpleasant is waiting just around the corner, but it never once resorts to cheap thrills.
It is shocking to think that with all the rubbish that comes from Hollywood every year, an original film like Session 9 doesn't even get a cinema release in the UK.
You do however get the feeling that it will struggle for a convincing ending and indeed it does fall apart a little in the final thirty minutes. That said, this is still a brilliantly understated pyschological chiller, that is part "Blair Witch Project", part "The Shining" and it deserves to find an audience, hopefully it will find it's home on DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric creepy supernatural thriller 15 Aug 2009
This is the first time I have written a review but I just wanted to redress the balance as it seems to have very caused very mixed reactions. Some other reviewers have gone into more depth so I will not repeat everything already said.

I found this film to be chilling and scary in a way that gory, slasher type films are not. It builds nicely to its quite frightening climax, which was bloody but not too over the top. The actors were great in portraying the dread the building was imposing on them. The voice on the tape at the heart of the story was very spooky.

The mental hospital itself was a wonderful setting for this type of film and gave it the most fantastic atmosphere. My son worked in a mental hospital very similar to this in England before it was closed down and said that it always gave him the creeps at any time of day and now I know why. Anyway please give this a try if you like being scared but not sickened.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy as hell! 7 Jun 2010
a quick review - chilling, blood curdling, creepy as hell. Atmospheric and with effective supernatural overtones. Keeps and air of mystery too, so amazingly effective as a horror.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a good horror film 6 Nov 2003
I read a review of this film in the USA this time last year and it was actually in the critic's top 10 scary movies! On returning to the UK I was annoyed that the DVD could not be found anywhere but, lo and behold, it was eventually released and on the back of the review, I jumped at the chance to see it.
I can see why it had no cinema release here : No massive stars, no nubile young girls and no overly gory scenes. In fact, the opposite to the usual fare on offer these days. Instead, you have a slow, well acted and beautifully shot piece of cinema that is worth watching for these factors alone. In terms of the story, it is a little confusing, particularly as what you expect to happen, may not actually happen. The good thing is that it leaves you asking questions and demands to be seen again and even again!! 'Horror' fans per se may not love the film but if you love cinema in general and like to be 'moved' be it by horror, suspense or just good acting, then watch this movie!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great budget horror 16 May 2007
By Neb
Whilst lacking depth and never really drawing you in enough, Session 9 oozes atmosphere and is one of the most beautifully shot horror films of recent years. Furthermore, if you buy it for the same reason I bought it - a look around the disused psychiatric hospital that is the real star of the film - you will not be disappointed. In many ways this is the perfect urban explorer's horror film, every nook and corner of the hospital explored, with great use of familiar props like patient's drawings, dusty boxes of documents and restraint chairs. An original plot, great ending and some truly creepy moments add up to make this the best horror film you've never heard of.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Session 9 : Meet your hypnotist 6 Jan 2004
By "gelfo"
The cover of the dvd was what drew me into it initialy, a solitary wheel chair at the end of a poorly lit corridoor (pretty much the signature shot of the film), how eerie. Basicaly Session 9 returns to the formula of ,arguably, the greatest horror films made (The Shining, The Haunting et al) by setting the entire movie in a large deserted location. (a hotel, an old mansion etc.) And this time it's a mental institution that closed down about ten years ago. It's huge and looming, the perfect setting.
The direction is spot on (in my opinion) sound overs and flash backs are utilised perfectly.. although maybe a particular scene is replayed a few too many times.. it is an important one though.
Ten minutes or so into the film and it really does deliver the same sort of psychological tension that the above classics do. You can feel something big coming. And it's not something like the typical scenes that characterise horror in the 80's to present day. It doesnt rely on shock moments, or hack and slash moments, instead it has some truly disturbing scenes that really are impressive. You'd be hard pressed to find any moments as chilling as the parts where we hear the tapes of an interview with a particular ex patient at the hospital. Absolutely terrific. There are other good moments, including the 'running from the dark' bit but I wont go into them. The film pretty much
sticks to the famous saying by Robert Wise (Director of 'the Haunting') "What you dont see is infinetly more frightening than what you do"
Unfortunatly however, this isnt a perfect ten. With such a good setting and build up plot, I felt this film had a lot more potential than what was produced in the end. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but it could have been so much better.
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I have never written a review on here before but felt I had to. I thought I'd give this film a go from the reasonable reviews. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful Awful Awful
picked this up because it had some decent reviews o lord how wrong i was it was truly terrible not scary in anyway there was no tension at all and at one point i was close to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Horror
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST MOVIE I've SEEN IN YEARS!
Normally, David Carusso makes good movies, what an exception this one is. The best thing about it is the setting, the lovely site of the asylum and the totally scary internal... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. J. Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great encounters of a spooky kind
This film sees a really great performance from David Caruso in the most stark and creepy places to work. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jackie Domingo
3.0 out of 5 stars this film was crazy!
A scary movie this well could have been, if there had been anything scary in it. The premise was there - an abandoned nut house with recordings of the sessions held with patients... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sam C
4.0 out of 5 stars .
Such a scary movie
I would recommend this if you like
Scary movies
Personal I love them
And this wasn't to bad
Published 6 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars madder red
This is got to be one of the top five horror films ever. Just like the shining it messes with yer head. A must buy
Published 7 months ago by madder red
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad I wanted to poke a needle in my own eye
This film is bad. Very, very bad. The acting is terrible. The characters are detestable. The dialogue is criminal. And the plot was easier to predict than a Scooby Doo episode. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ste Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror inside meets horror outside
Without giving too much away, this film has a lot in common with 'The Shining', not least the creepy setting of endless empty corridors. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A Ryder
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
After reading a lot of good reviews I was really looking forward to watching this film, but I was disappointed with it, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jodie
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