Father Peter (Guy Pearce) a well renowned exorcist teams up with a rookie priest called Father Daniel (Vadhir Derbez) and the pair delve deep into a case surrounding the death of an American family. As they plunge deeper into the mystery surrounding the deaths, the lines between good and evil begin to blur and each of their own inner demons begin to appear. The Seventh Day provides one or two scary moments of suspense, along with a half decent story, but it’s fair to say that the film doesn’t hold too much rewatch value.
Director: Justin P. Lang
Writers: Justin P. Lang
Starring: Guy Pearce, Vadhir Derbez, Stephen Lang, Brady Jenness
Shot and filmed entirely in Dallas, Texas, The Seventh Day was originally released to cinemas in March 2021 and has since landed on our Netflix screens. Upon watching, however, my general consensus was that in this somewhat overly saturated genre of mid-level horror flicks, more specifically exorcist-based ones, The Seventh Day didn’t particularly have any redeeming or stand out qualities that made the movie any different to the others out there.
As touched upon, the story in itself wasn’t anything particularly unique or noteworthy, with many people lambasting it as rather clique and predictable. With that being said, the flick did provide one or two jump scares that forced you to sit up and take note, but other than that, the majority of the scenes were extremely long and drawn out, with the dialogue at times being equally as sluggish.
One other aspect of the movie worth noting would have to be the acting on display from many of the characters involved. Similarly with certain scenes, as mentioned above, it at times felt a little stiff and awkward, but this could be put down to the script written by the filmmakers themselves, rather than the cast and their acting abilities.
In terms of the cast, Guy Pearce surprised many by starring in The Seventh Day, adopting the role of Father Peter and spearheading the majority of the flick in the process. Alongside him in support roles were Vadhir Derbez and Stephen Lang, who portrayed Father Daniel and the Archbishop, respectively. Elsewhere, the young Brady Jenness depicted Charlie, the boy that was seemingly possessed.
All in all, The Seventh Day probably isn’t worth recommending to the people you know, but at the same time, there’s worse ways to spend eighty-seven minutes in front of a television screen – especially when you factor in some of the horror releases as of late. Finally, it’s worth noting that The Seventh Day is currently streaming on Netflix.
“You’re the best exorcist there is…”Father Daniel – The Seventh Day