Movie Review: ‘The Seventh Day’ Is The Exorcism Movie We’ve Been Praying For

March 28, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: [email protected]


 
 
Justin P. Lange’s new supernatural horror The Seventh Day has just been released. The film follows exorcist Father Peter (Guy Pearce) who teams up with a rookie apprentice for his first day of training. As they plunge deeper into hell on earth, the lines between good and evil blur, and their own demons emerge.
 
I’ll be honest before I sat down to watch The Seventh Day I had assumed it would be your average exorcism movie, I can now tell you that I was wrong. Seventh Day is far from the exorcism movies we’ve come accustomed to. What we usually get is a movie that’s predictable with a story we feel like we’ve seen a hundred times. Truthfully, we haven’t gotten a really good exorcism movie since The Exorcist III, until now.
 
I have a talent for guessing the way a movie will end, but this movie left me completely surprised and packs one hell of a twist that you won’t see coming. So thank you to Lange for that. The story, which is very well-paced, will keep you not only guessing throughout the entire movie but also invested, you really want to know what happens to Father Daniel and the kid.
 
I was extremely impressed by young actor Brady Jenness, who put on one hell of a performance as the possessed kid, Charlie. He nailed it, playing a believable role that has so many dark moments. I have to wonder if making the film left Brady troubled. Bravo Brady. Our priests, played by Vadhir Derbez, Guy Pearce, and Stephen Lang, were fantastic. Derbez did a great job emoting believable fear, nervousness, and concern for Charlie. Pearce did well, coming off like a bit of an asshole.
 
The Seventh Day is packed full of fantastic and wild effects that left even me, a hardcore, jaded, long-time horror fan unsettled. There are several scenes where, for the life of me, I can’t figure out how they were made, which is a very good thing. Even when there are heavy special effect scenes they still come across believable, making you want to grab a crucifix and head to church.
 
I feel I must give a warning. If you have a seizure condition (like I do) proceed with caution. There are a ton of scenes with strobe effects.
 
I truly enjoyed The Seventh Day. It’s a fresh take on the world of exorcism we haven’t seen before and looks great while doing it. It’s creepy as hell and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Needless to say, it has the HorrorFuel stamp of approval. I highly recommend you check it out, luckily you don’t have to wait, it’s out now from Vertical Entertainment.
 
 

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