Seven Days to Live (2000)
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I applaud 7 Days to Live. I don't applaud it for being a clone of The Shining, but for the efforts behind this film. It's the story of a writer and his wife who move into a haunted house to get away from everything and eventually he is driven mad. And the house, of course, has been built over a mass grave. That's The Shining comparison and the cliched bit. But it does generate its own genuinely creepy moments. The opening scene is bone chilling and will have you hooked from the start. Also, Sean Pertwee doing his best Jack Nicholson is reason enough to see the movie. With 7 Days, Pertwee has done two great horror movies recently (if you haven't seen Dog Soldiers I suggest you do so). Another familiar face is Sean Chapman...that's right, Frank Cotton in the flesh. I didn't fully recognize him until there was a scene with Chapman in it that mirrored Hellraiser (the moving furniture/bloody hand scene). It's too bad the hellraising actor didn't have a bigger part though. By the end of the film, you should recognize a few more horror movies stitched in here but it's all a bit of foreign fun. 7 Days to Live is worth catching if you enjoy the films in between the Hollywood hype and the direct-to-video garbage.
I think that Secret Window may have borrowed a small element, in the form of the police officer. When Amanda Plummer visits the retired officer, she finds him painting and comments that it's not quite the thing you'd expect from a police officer. Mort Rainey finds the sheriff doing embroidery. Nifty, that.
A shame about the dog, though. Seven out of ten for being a good, solid, creepy film--even if it didn't have a huge amount of original material.
I thought that Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction, The Fisher King) did a really good job as someone who was slowly going crazy with those daily reminders of her impending death.
Sean Pertwee (Equilibrium, Renaissance) did an excellent job of channeling Jack Nicholson.
The rest of the cast was support, and there was, of course, the requisite special effects to give the film a great ending. It seemed to drag in the middle, but you didn't dare leave until you saw what was going to happen.
I have to say that I thought this was a British film when Pertwee said he "...needed to take a fag break." I was surprised that it was German. I don't remember fags in Germany.
SPOILER... (Can you really spoil a movie that stinks this badly?)
Readers Digest version of the plot:
Grieving couple move into house that's been empty for 20 years. Wife starts seeing signs saying she is going to die in 7 days (hence the title of the movie). Husband doesn't believe her. She does research into the house and finds out that every couple that lives in house dies and/or kills themselves. She tells husband, he ties her up. She gets away and interminable chase begins. Sheriff who was present last time comes to a momentous decision and goes to help wife. Possessed husband is saved by wife saying "I love you", they get out...the house sinks into the swamp...the end.
Yet the house is standing again at the end credits.
I couldn't like anyone in this movie. The wife, who should have left early on, sticks around FAR too long, the "loving" husband is antagonistic and mean even BEFORE he becomes possessed, and the sheriff seems to be a wimp.
The movie defies logic in several places, and the plot is the derivative tripe that makes you laugh, rather than scares you. The acting is the kind of stilted over-acting you see in a bad high school play. The special effects (as little as there were of them) weren't very good. And you can just forget about suspense...What they meant to be suspense, just made the movie drag.
I gave it a 2 for a three reasons:
1. I liked the music. 2. The cinematography was pretty good 3. I was feeling generous when I wrote this review
I would say don't watch this movie for any reason, but it might be fun to watch it with a group of friends with the sole purpose of laughing at it.
realise it is a total take on "The Shining" ! The actors are excellent
and, at first, the mystery is well drawn, but when the main actor (A
writer falling under the spell of spirits - rings a bell ?) thries to
emulate Nicholson, everything falls apart, leading to an overdrawn
finale (The cop arriving at the right moment to save the day and the
"What the heck ?" sudden appearance of Fulciesque living deads )
Granted, there are scary moments, but all in all, we are left
disappointed. Besides, like most German TV movie or series, it tries
pretty hard to hide its origin, sacrifing any originality whatsoever. So
far, the Spanish still deliver the best Euro-horror so far. Maybe we can
have hope for "Jeux d'enfants", a new French horror movie whose trailer
I saw before this one. Keep
2)The script is a poor man's "the shining",complete with writer going crazy.
3)The Amanda Plummer/Sean Pertwee pair is a pale Shelley Duvall/Jack Nicholson imitation.
4)The ending,dealing one more time with money and success is sheer bad taste.
5)The end of the spooky mansion is a " fall of the house of Usher" rip-off
6)The trick of the demon with a child's face has been used and used and used again.
7)Since the heroine has got only seven days to live,let's call it a day.Even God had a rest on the eighth one.
It's about a couple who lose their son and buy a house out in the country to try and cope with their loss. The man is a writer and the woman is just a mourning mother trying to move on. They don't know the story of the house and how it has destroyed many other families that lived there before.
The woman quickly starts to see things, including messages telling her shes going to die soon. The husband seems to think shes just having a hard time dealing with the stress, but he doesn't realize he is changing too, for the worse. As time goes on the truth unravels and we watch as the madness and the fear strike.
At first the movie is promising, the big house has potential to make a good haunted house movie, the hallucinations telling you you only have a few days to die would be very scary and here it gives hope for a creepy movie, but as it goes on you realize its going nowhere.
This movie is a supernatural thriller not to be confused with a horror film. It is not scary and quite frankly its down right stupid.
The actors are all bad, there is no cool production values and it has worthless CGI at times. I would not recommend it to anyone. It reminded me in a very small way of The Shining, but just because you liked that one doesn't mean you will this garbage.
Save your time and stay away from this boring movie, its not entertaining in any way, you could do worse, but you could surely find something way better to kill 90 minutes.