The Seventh Day (2020) Review

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The Seventh Day (2020) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on April 09th, 2021 | Movie Review | Exorcism, Religion, Demon

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It's about a hardened street smart priest and his new young recruit trying to exorcise a demon out of a young kid.

The Seventh Day was directed by Justin p. Lange (who also directed The Dark) and stars Guy Pearce (from Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark and Ravenous), Stephen Lang (from Don't BreatheDon't Breathe 2 and Exeter) and Vadhir Derbez.

God help us.

The Seventh Day Review

I was really looking forward to The Seventh Day. It's been awhile since I watched a good exorcist movie. This one sports Guy Pierce and Keith David who I've liked in a few other movies AND it takes place in New Orleans. If you've seen my reviews of other movies that take place in New Orleans like The Skeleton Key, The Beyond or Candyman 2 you'll know I love the gothic atmosphere this city provides for horror movies. So, on paper at least, this is going to be good.

The movie starts off with a lot of old footage of the Pope touring the country and giving a big speech. This sets the tone for the religious aspects of the movie in a stylish way. Then it cuts to an exorcism of a little boy that goes horribly wrong and is actually way more bloody than expected. But then the kid starts smiling. Like REALLY big. This was the first red flag. Modern supernatural movies tend to rely on a couple of big cliches. There's the thing with the girl who arches her back real far. For some reason the back bendy visual really freaked people out. Then there's the smile real, real wide thing. Both have been done to death, and The Seventh Day thought it would be cool to do it yet again.

But hey, small detail. Not writing this movie off just yet. 

Then we get introduced to the characters which is actually pretty cool. This movie is just like a cop movie, where a hardened street tough cop has to teach a young rookie the ropes. The rookie is fresh out of the exorcist academy and talks about rules and books while the hardened priest is dropping F-bombs. Pretty cool angle, I'm into this.

Then we get into the meat of the movie and everything just falls apart. The Seventh Day took a really cool concept and just threw it all away by stuffing it with cliches, terrible special effects and a basic script that would make Tom Hanks look bad. They also didn't leverage New Orleans for anything it has to offer, the city setting felt generic.Everything just looked and sounded fake. I unfortunately lost all interest after about 20 minutes. There's an important scene around this point that introduces the plot twist, and from that point forward everything you think will happen does, and exactly how you think it will happen. There was unfortunately very little creative thought put into this movie. I was bored out of my mind and had to take an intermission just to cool down so I could give the movie a fair review. Never a good sign.

This was not a good movie.

Worth Watching?

Nopes. There's no point to watching this, it's unfortunately the same exorcism movie as a hundred others.

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