The Seventh Day
By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Dull, predictable exorcism movie has lots of blood and gore.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some of the movie's conversations about evil seem interesting in the moment, but ultimately come to nothing. Gist is that "evil hides really well," but apparently not well enough. Not much else to it, other than priests battling demons.
Positive Role Models
Father Daniel bravely faces off against demons; even though he's clearly intimidated, he still charges in. He shows kindness toward the possessed boy, is always curious and helpful. In the end, he sets out to right all the wrongs that have been done. Some diversity in main cast.
Violence & Scariness
Possessed children, children in peril. Child's skin bubbles and burns. Child's body in flames. Child's mouth pulled into an unnatural, gruesome grin (rips corners of mouth). Child holding ax; it's implied that he's murdered his family. Blood spurts, bloody corpses. Child covered in blood. Blood spatters/spurts. Characters stabbed/sliced in neck with cross; gurgling blood, huge blood stain. Ax to character's head, blood pouring out. Character eats glass, licks blood on another character's face, with face stretching in an unnatural way. Character stabbed by pencil. Gory corpses. Jump scares. Supernatural scary stuff. Arguing. Description of ax killings.
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A few uses of "f--k" or "f--king," "s--t," "piss," "f--got," and "shut up." "Jesus Christ" used in exorcism rites. "Thank God" used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking in a few scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Seventh Day is a horror movie about a troubled priest (Guy Pearce) who's training a newcomer (Vadhir Derbez) in the ways of exorcism and their encounters with a young boy accused of murdering his family with an ax. Expect lots of often gruesome violence, including children in peril and being harmed (they're shown with burning skin, a smile stretched across their face until it begins ripping, and covered in blood). There are blood spurts, bloody wounds, and gory corpses. Necks are sliced with crosses, a man is split with an ax, and a woman eats glass. There's also arguing, jump scares, and supernatural imagery. Language includes a few uses of "f--k," "s--t," and other words. "Jesus Christ" is used in exorcism rites, and a character says "thank God." A main character smokes cigarettes in more than one scene.
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What's the Story?
In THE SEVENTH DAY, young Peter studies with Father Louis (Keith David) to become an exorcist. But while trying to help a demon-possessed boy, Father Louis is killed. Years later, grown-up Father Peter (Guy Pearce) is scarred by the incident -- he watched helplessly as the boy's skin burned -- but he has begun training new exorcists. He is teamed with Father Daniel (Vadhir Derbez), a promising student with no experience in the field. Father Peter gives Father Daniel a test, teaching him how to identify evil, before visiting a young boy, Charlie (Brady Jenness), who has murdered his entire family. Father Daniel establishes that Charlie is indeed possessed by a demon, but can he find the demon's secret before it's too late?
Is It Any Good?
This horror movie tries to put a new spin on the old exorcism genre, and it certainly has some thoughtful moments, but the scares are mostly nonexistent, and the storytelling is all too predictable. The Seventh Day treats demon possession and exorcisms mostly in a "business as usual" way, and perhaps because of that -- or perhaps despite it -- the haunted voices, taunting demon-speak, floating objects, and other freaky stuff just seem dull. Even the movie's few jump scares don't register a blip. (What else would you expect when looking under the bed?)
The characters are slightly more interesting. Keith David starts things off well in the prologue as Father Louis, his eyes blazing and his voice commanding, but he leaves the picture far too soon. Stephen Lang is also on hand, almost unrecognizable, as a senior priest. Then Father Peter (Pearce) and Father Daniel (Derbez) have some notable conversations about the essence of their job and the nature of evil that make it seem like The Seventh Day might be going somewhere. But as the story progresses and it tries to unfold new developments, it becomes burdened by its clumsy foreshadowing, which gives everything away a little too easily.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about The Seventh Day's violence, blood, and gore. How did it make you feel? How did the fact that children were involved affect its impact? Could the story have been told with less or no violence?
What's the appeal of horror movies? Why do people sometimes like to be scared?
Is cigarette smoking glamorized here? Does Father Peter make it look cool? Are there consequences for smoking? Why does that matter?
- In theaters: March 26, 2021
- On DVD or streaming: March 26, 2021
- Cast: Guy Pearce, Vadhir Derbez, Keith David
- Director: Justin P. Lange
- Inclusion Information: Latinx actors, Black actors
- Studios: Vertical Entertainment, Voltage Pictures
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 87 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: violent content, disturbing images and some language
- Last updated: March 12, 2023
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