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Session 9

Threat advisory: Under evaluation

Movie propaganda

Fear is a place.

Session 9 is a contemporary tale of terror set in an abandoned insane asylum.

The complex of buildings looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing... abandoned, deteriorating. the residents of Danvers, Massachusetts USA, steer well clear of the place. But Danvers State Mental Hospital, closed down for 15 years, is about to receive five new visitors.

Gordon Fleming (Peter Mullan), the Scottish emigrant who owns and operates the Hazmat Elimination Co, badly needs to win a contract to remove dangerous asbestos from the hospital, which is soon to be renovated. It's a lucrative job and Gordon has a wife and baby to support. To seal the deal and collect a big bonus, Gordon unwisely promises town engineer Bill Griggs (Paul Guilfoyle) that he and his crew can complete the massive job in only one week - overruling pragmatic crew chief Phil Cronenburg's (David Caruso) estimate of two to three weeks. Already the pressure is on...

Hazmat gets the gig and the following Monday their dangerous work begins. Gordon and Phil are joined by rest of the crew: would-be lawyer Mike King (Stephen Gevedon), goading Hank (Josh Lucas), and Gordon's impressionable nephew Jeff (Brendan Sexton III). The five men don protective gear and venture into the eerily vast and vacant spaces and corridors of the hospital.

As the workweek continues, the crew is drawn deeper into the mysteries that surround the asylum - rampant patient abuse, medieval medical procedures, rumours of demonic possession... the hospital holds many dark secrets - but then, so do each of the men. The longer they struggle under the gruelling pressure of their job, the more likely it seems that one of them will crack and the awful truth will emerge. The question is, which one will it be?

Written and directed by Brad Anderson.

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Session 9 QuickTime movie trailers

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

100 minutes (1:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2001

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