Session 9

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Brad Anderson
Production: USA Films
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


[ Water dripping ]

[ Changing radio stations ]

They come in here,

they're taking American jobs

from American, hard-working


Those f***ing idiots

on this thing.

But I see

that another man...

Think I have something here.

[ Rock music plays ]

There you go.

Know this?


You look tired, man.

You look beat.

Your turn to feed Emma?

No, well, she still has that, umm...

...ear infection.

She's still got that?

She had that at the christening.

She's still got it? Wow.

How's Wendy holding up?

Tired. Same as me.

You need anything, Gordon,

you let me know, okay? I'm here.

Hang in there, man.

You're gonna be fine, all right?

MAN 2:
Uh-huh. No.

About 15 minutes. Yeah.

Okay, all right, I'll tell him right now.

[ Hangs up car phone ]

That was, uh,

Bill Griggs on the phone.

He says he's getting off the ramp.

He'll be here in a minute.

- Okay. Thank you.

- Thank you very much.

You know what?

Can I ask you a quick question?

Yeah, sure.

When was the hospital

actually closed?


- MAN:


Yeah, because you know I'm curious,

because you know they got you

and you got the -- the firearm on.

And it's not like people

are trying to get out, right?

No, no, not out, in!

You know, kids,

delinquents, homeless.

Oh, yeah, a lot of patients

ended up in the streets

when this place closed down.

And some of them, they come back.

I found a half a dozen

squatting up there last spring.

The patients come back?

Yeah, they come back.

I mean, God knows why.

Wait till you see the place.

I mean, Jesus, I'd rather sleep

in the street, personally.

- But, then, you know, I'm not nuts.

- Obviously.

[ Car horn honking ]

- Hey, there he is.

- All right.

- Good luck, fellas.

- Thanks.

- MAN:
We first in line?


Environmental Solutions,

American Yankees

were up here last week.

Wow. What was their bid?

Under the Yankees,

bid was fast and low.

But that's the way Griggs likes them.

He likes jobs fast, Gordon.

- I like them safe, though.

- But we cannot gamble with this.

Gordon, you want me to talk to him?

Phil, I know what I'm doing, okay?


Holy sh*t! Look at this.

Look at this.

1871, that's when

she went up, gentlemen.

We called her the "Kirkbride Building",

named after Dr. Thomas Kirkbride.

Well, it's a pretty simple layout really,

you know?

If you consider a giant flying bat.

You know, the main staff building

in the middle, the bat body.

And slanting off to each side are

these, like, giant crooked bat wings.

You know, one for female patients,

the other for male, you know?

[ Making bat noises ]

A bat.

[ laughs ]

Yeah, believe it or not,

this place is listed

in the national historic register.

You know, that's why I can't

tear it down. I'd love to, you know?

Only one-tenth of it is salvageable.

But the land, the land is priceless.

You know, put up a Wal-Mart maybe,

but the town manager

wants to reclaim it, so...

Whoa! What the f*** is this?

Oh, what,

are you a little scared, Phil?

[ Griggs laughs ]

This is hydrotherapy.

Used to be cutting edge.

They'd soak the nut jobs

in cold water.

I guess that was a way

to chill 'em out, I don't know.

Or they'd give 'em a lobotomy.

Yeah, yeah, the pre-frontal lobotomy

was perfected here at Danvers.

Sounds like you've done

your homework.

Well, you know, my wife

Elizabeth, she's the town historian.

She likes to keep me in the know.

Hey, there's a fantastic morgue

in the basement

where they do the post-mortem...

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