7th Day - Dire Wit Films
Written by Richard Taylor   
Saturday, 28 January 2017
Review of 7th Day from Dire Wit Films on Severed Cinema


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7TH DAY

Directed by: Jason Koch
Written by: Mark Leake
Produced by: Robert Ziegler
Cinematography by: Stephen Rubac
Editing by: Kelly Fitzgerald
Music by: Paul Joyce
Special Effects by: Kaleigh Brown
Cast: Mark S. Sanders, Daisy Gibb, Charlie Dreizen, Josh Davidson, Michael Brecher
Year: 2013
Country: USA
Color: Color
Language: English
Runtime: 1h 20min

Distributor: Dire Wit Films

Jason Koch and crew deliver another grimy indie punch in the proverbial nuts. 7th Day is one of the best displays of the delusional mind of a serial killer I have witnessed on film in quite some time. Unlike killers portrayed in films such as Silence of the Lambs, in the case of Hannibal Lector, the killer is refined, sinister and is aware of how pathological he really is. In 7th Day, Allen Dean (Mark Sanders) is a sorry white trash hump who lives in a world of filth. I'm not sure if he even realizes what he is doing is wrong, his thoughts aimlessly wander as if he is on some sort of mission or doing important work. The guy is pathetic but not in his own mind. When we see his minor interactions with those at his job we get a sense of sadness for this lost soul whose thoughts are obviously sick, although intelligent in his head, but when he tries to express them to people they are lost in a shuffle of meager awkwardness. Itís hard to look past all the savage killings and raping Allen carries out and feel sorry for the demented individual, especially if your loved one is one of the victims, and I understand that but mental illness is a serious issue in society and whether or not 7th Day is trying or not it makes a major statement.

7th Day is effective on all levels of portraying the cesspool of filth Allen lives in and how he pictures things around him. The viewer gets a clear look at Allen's daily murder rituals, routines and how he crafts his selections of victims. Allen's appearance is filthy, he wears disgusting stained underwear, and clothes and has rotten teeth. He sports an old baseball cap with an unkempt beard and those reflective cop sunglasses. Allen preys upon mostly females, including joggers in the park, prostitutes but sometimes makes random attacks by simply shooting people if he is put in more desperate circumstances.

Itís a low budget affair but the music by Paul Joyce is haunting and highly effective with an eeriness that blankets the movie in more darkness. The movie is written with a razor-sharp edge by Mark Leake, and is directed with an utmost sincere and visceral black hate by Jason Koch. It delivers on all counts and I recommend it in the highest regard. The acting in general might not be the best with the different supporting roles because they are fairly small in proportion, dialogue-wise, but Mark Sanders really delivers that punch in the throat performance which pushes it right over the edge. Sandersí dialogue of the thoughts inside Allen's head are from that of a deep, dark and depressing abyss no man would want to even try to tackle. They are such a contrast from the actual spoken dialogue from Allen, itís quite amazing.

Another interesting bit of imagery some other reviews have touched on and loved or hated is the use of a death figure, or a bizarre witness that actually appears throughout most of the movie. This figure is cloaked in a fettered white, almost bondage-like body suit, and holds up a microphone as if interviewing Allen by recording his thoughts and actions. I thought it was a great and disturbing angle almost bordering on a schizophrenic-like state that Allen is experiencing in his mind -- a homicidal delusion which fuels the hatred of his important "work."

7th Day's story involves serial killer Allen, working as an underappreciated dishwasher in a filthy bar/restaurant. Allen takes the daily verbal abuses of the cook, interacts slightly with a bus boy and has the hots for a waitress named Denise (Daisy Gibb
). This is where the extreme sense of delusion sets in. Denise has obviously not the slightest concern or remote molecule of feeling or emotion for Allen, and he doesn't realize this and keeps torturing himself. He talks to her in fumbling words and awkward gestures. The restaurant kitchen where Allen works really adds this even dirtier texture of the kind of world Allen is living in and is a great setting. Among other minor interactions in his daily life, Allen also befriends his equally disturbed neighbor Bill but only because he has good cocaine. Allen's house is a clutter of human body parts, with garbage strewn around but in his spare time while tallying up his victims he constructs these cubes -- I'm not sure what they mean exactly, maybe for his ability to think outside the box when it comes to killing... 

I enjoyed one particular scene where Allen picks up a homeless man as a potential victim, gives him a bottle, gets him cleaned up but cannot go through with killing him because the homeless man is pathetic, apologetic and grateful (he even offers Allen his rectum for a pounding). I was thinking if Allen lets this guy go then this is all over, and the movie will take a turn for the worse. I liked how they went for that angle leading you to believe something and then they wrapped it up nicely. I also couldn't figure out how Allen never got caught because he was sometimes very bumbling in stalking his victims. In another scene he is barely hiding behind some branches on the ground in clear view, spying on a couple, when they openly see him and confront him.

The make-up effects in this by Kaleigh Brown (who is married to director Jason Koch) from Aftermath FX Studio (The Editor, Return to Nuke ĎEm High) are jaw-dropping and plentiful. There is everything from graphic head shot wounds, to a box cutter opening up a back, evisceration, a harrowing bathtub body disposal scene and more. Allen even fries up some human meat in a pan, and claims he doesn't even like the taste but it interests him and seems like the right thing to do. There is not much of a climax ending but I think it gets the message across competently. Allenís 7-day journey of self-exploration, and humiliation at an attempt for love goes in his favor as he says "Hi, I'm Allen and this is what I do."

Koch's other debut short Lamplight is also on the 7th Day DVD, and letís just say I have lots to say about that one as well, and it will be featured in another separate review because it is equally as good. 7th Day and Pig Pen are two films you need in your collection. They are the epitome of what is good, creative and grotesque about indie cinema. Go to DireWitFilms.com and pick up both movies -- they are not to be missed.

 

 

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