The Mixmaster's Horror Movie Countdown, October 11: Se7en

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(1997)
Grandma's favorite film
Since Silence of the Lambs, there've been dozens of trashy Hollywood attempts at remaking the success behind the brooding, dark serial killer thriller. They've all been punch-yourself-in-the-nuts bad. Except for Se7en.

You don't forget Se7en. Who can: there's a scene where you see a knife attached to a dildo [shudder]. And the last line of the film is something Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for. I agree with the second part." Fun times.

I'll never forget the first time I watched it all the way through -- unedited -- on VHS tape as a WAY too young person. I emphasize VHS because I sat through the end sequence ("what's in the box?") looking sort of like this, soul destroyed. The tape cycled through the credits and into static, and I sat there until my dad walked in and asked "you OK?"

It'd be overly simplistic to write-off the film as "weird" or "disturbing." Se7en is a morbid, for sure, but it's not just cheap thrills.

Most Memorable Scene
The conversation before creating one of the best credit sequences in horror history had to have been something like: "What does crazy look like?" "I don't know, but let's show them." To put it very, very mildly: It sets the tone.

The Mixmaster's Horror Movie Countdown
October 1: Halloween
October 2: Antichrist
October 3: Student Bodies
October 4: Poltergeist
October 5: Jaws
October 6: Suspiria
October 7: Scream
October 8: The Fly
October 9: Dead Alive
October 10: Drag Me to Hell

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