10 October 2013



USA, 2013
Director: Jason M. Koch


"Hi, I'm Allen and this is what I do."
(Opening lines)

Don't mind the trite title - this movie just kicks ass: "7th Day", the full length debut of Jason M. Koch (who worked on the special effects for "Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1"), written by Mark Leake (writer / director of cult trash "Isle of the Damned" and "Pleasures of the Damned"), is a fascinating and slightly disturbing indie-horror-thriller about Allen Dean, a strange serial killer that could be described as the white trash version of Patrick Bateman,
or the Buio-Omega-version of Henry.

"7th Day" gives us a 7-day peek into Allen's bizarre and rather pathetic life. His voice-over tells us what an amazing guy he is, a cool and highly intelligent killer who kills just for fun, has a great job, a girlfriend who adores him, and hell, he
even gets interviewed!

However, what we get to see tells a completely different story: Allen is a lonely and drug-addicted piece of shit with a lousy job and no girlfriend; his life is a downward spiral. He kills because he has nothing else to do. He fucks the corpses and he eventually cooks and eats some of them. And the interviews? It's all in his mind. He's imagining a weird-looking "Lords of Salem"-like ghost(?) who's always near him, always shoving a microphone into his face.

I've seen my share of serial killer films, but this is something entirely different, something fresh and unique, something I don't get to see that often. The overall production is far from perfect, but that doesn't matter at all because Koch's direction is so strong and confident, and Leake's screenplay is so tight and well-conceived, you don't care about any flaws, because you're glued to the screen and just want to know what happens next.

Mark S. Sanders is incredible as serial killer / low-life Allen. He captivated me by giving a rather quiet but very powerful performance, with sadness and a strange kind of despair that's glowing from his eyes. Also great: Daisy Gibb as Allen's crush, and Michael Brecher as Allen's only "friend".

There's lots of blood and gore, ruthless kills and delightfully gruesome disembowelments, ace make-up and practical effects. Some of the editing is a bit flawed, but cinematography and camera work are very decent (Stephen Rubac) and the music is just excellent, raw, energetic and infectious (Paul Joyce, "Father's Day"). The ending is abrupt and slightly anticlimactic at first, but later I realized that it actually works very, very well.

Hi, I'm Maynard and this is what I like ;-)

7th Day on Facebook

Thanks to Mark Leake for providing me with a screener of the movie!


  1. Sounds like a nice change of pace from the usual serial killer tropes!

    1. Oh yes. Maybe not groundbreaking, but clever enough to impress you a lot!

  2. Well, this definitely sounds like something worth seeing, even if I personally dislike the overused serial killer voiceover/monologue thing.

    The review made me think of Edmund Kemper, especially the "white trash version of Patrick Bateman" remark.

    1. Trust me, the voice-over thing works perfect here.

      Ha, yeah there's a bit of Kemper in that serial killer, though he's much goofier than Kemper :)


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