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

Grandma's favorite film
Grandma's favorite film
(1997)

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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