Horror Plus Crime: Se7en

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The genius of this movie is showcased by the many things detailed above, but the most extraordinary (and unseen, giant bonus) is the horror of “the box” and its contents provided at the end of this movie. Is it because there’s the decapitated head of an innocent young woman in it?

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Is it because – good god – it’s a decapitated head (that we never see)? Not at all.

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It’s because the discovery and subsequent conversation and dialogue after the box is introduced becomes a series of tumblers that tragically fall into place and unlock the conclusion of the film and the convey the whip cream and blood-red cherry on top of the serial killer’s plan.

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With the exception of another Kevin Spacey ultra-twist ending-based feature, The Usual Suspects, it’s one of the best and most tragic finishes ever.

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And so now, it’s time to know what YOU, the Screen Rant readers think of 1995′s Se7en. What did YOU think of it when you originally saw it? Did the end or any provided part of the movie make you stop and think?

Tell us your thoughts and be sure to look for another final installment of the “Horror Plus” feature before Halloween, October 31st!

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  1. Simply one of the best films ever made. I showed it to some friends who had never heard of it, and they were stuck to their seats in horror and anticipation.
    SE7EN is without a doubt a modern classic.

    And i know it seems awful to even suggest it, but i would have loved to have seen a sequel, with Mills in an asylum, and Sommerset gets drawn back into a case, but the clues lead to the highly unstable Mills being somehow involved. Make it about the ten commandments, and some clever artist can work a number 10 into the word ten.

  2. I believe one of the main reasons it can be classified as horror, is the Sloth scene.

    I believe that this scene gets everyone a little squeamish!

  3. When I watched this movie, I’d been a police detective for several years. Even without that background, this movie was chilling and absolutely incredible in a stomach-churning way. As a detective, happily married with children, I have to say this is the only movie in my fifty years of life that still gives me nightmares (besides Night of the Living Dead, which I saw when I was really too young to do so).

    It’s every detective’s nightmare and, because of that, it was the most spot on horror movie I’ve ever seen.

  4. Seven is my all time favortie movie and it’s not even close.
    It is the only movie I have ever seen where I was on the edge of my seat for most of it’s duration.
    I love movies where the bad guy is in control throughout the entire film. This is his world and he is playing everyone like a puppet.
    It is David Fincher’s masterpiece. Go rent this film!

  5. Steve, since your in law enforcment the ending had to leave you with a (that’s bs feeling?)

    I didn’t like Seven, as I found it predictable and the shock ending left me empty inside.

    Nothing redeeming about the film… I also didn’t like Spacey’s performance. And I usually do.

  6. Actually, the ending left me with more of a “but for the grace of God: feeling. True, as with most thrillers (heck, most movies in general) there were aspects of the move that were a stretch, but there’s an adage in this business that says, “If they REALLY want you, they’ll get you.” Our biggest fear isn’t that they’ll get *us*, it’s that they’ll get our families.

    No, it doesn’t happen often. In fact, that kind of thing is all but non-existent in the U.S. But, still… there’s the nightmare. And that is what horror films are supposed to cause, right?

  7. I guess the prob I had with the family issue you bring up Steve, was that throughout the entire film (watch it again) Pitts wife was showing all the foreshadowing of her being in danger.
    The New York environment was ominous to her, the train would pass by and her reaction was of dread. During the first act of the film based on her reactions and emotions I knew she would somehow be involved in this horrific killing spree. All the signs are there in the first act. Even Morgan Freeman’s character was subtly telling Pitt he should leave for his families sake.
    The reveal at the end was like a boot in the face, leaving me thinking why would Pitt’s character be so driven that he would forget what’s most important to him?
    Maybe that’s what some ppl liked about the film. I just found the entire thing predictable as all hell and the ending was almost comical… When the fed ex truck appeared I knew what was coming. Totally saw it coming.

  8. I was surprised to see that other people felt that this was their favorite movie as it was mine also. I thought it was beyond clever even if their was some predictability (foreshadowing.) It didn’t seem like the ending was meant to be as much of a surprise as some think that it was portrayed.
    I saw it after work at a Midnight showing and I had nightmares for a long time after that.

    This is what I feel is a good horror genre where the thought of the action is more terrifying than the shock value of seeing the actual event.

    Anyway, as much of a naysayer as I can be with movies, I guess it doesn’t surprise me too much that there are people who don’t appreciate this movie! :)

  9. Whats in the Box !?!?!?!

    The Climax, Thats whats in the Box.

  10. umm , you guys forget

    it wasnt just what was in the box…



    and pitts acting in his moments before he says goodbye to his own life is a moment when the great actors step away from the good ones..

  11. Amazing that one of the most violent movies of all time never showed one act of violence.

    Incredible cinematography too. Made me a Fincher fan for life.

    “..just look at all the passion on that wall.”

    The “Platinum Series” DVD of Se7en by New Line is mastered from a new HDTV transfer which was made directly from the camera negative. This required that the whole film had to be re-graded digitally, applying color and contrast correction to every shot under the director’s supervision. The resulting HDTV master is now the official master of the film. The digital corrections are quite extensive in some shots as the DVD supplements demonstrate in detail.

  12. ..well almost

  13. Hey I was researching the names of these characters on IMDBpro and this very SR post is at the top for reference, very cool Vic !!!
    JessSayin, the act of violence was at the end when Mill’s blew John Doe away for beheading his wife. Doe was counting on rage to overwhelm Mills into killing him and complete the circle. You could say the entire plot was an elaborate death wish on John Does part.

    (Totally saw it coming btw,,,)

  14. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who disliked the ending.
    The whole bit where one cop is gonna kill the badguy and the other’s going “No, don’t do it, it’s not worth it, you’ll be as bad as him!!!” is so bloody cliche….