7, (Seven Deadly Sins) Film Review
7, Mitchell Slan and Xavier Price’s Found Footage Horror Short
Original title: Seven Deadly Sins
Writer: Mitchell Slan
Release Date: TBA
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Comedy, Horror, Short
Based on the seven deadly sins. Six individuals arrive on set to take part in an upcoming film production. But once they arrive on set, the rest of the cast and crew are nowhere to be found.
Puzzled and confused, these six individuals quickly learn things aren’t what they seem. A simple call time turns into a fight for survival as they become trapped on location by an unknown force that wants nothing more than to reveal their 7 deadly sins.
Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, Sloth. Although described as a Comedy, Horror; 7 is more dark and intense than humorous. The directors for the film are Mitchell Slan and Xavier Price. Slan and Price made a visual experience that taps into the seven deadly sins.
In 7, Xavier Price portrays Conrad, he is part of an amateur production crew filming a documentary. The team is oblivious to Conrad’s true intentions. While filming, Paige (portrayed by Taylor-Grace) gets a glimpse of freakish-looking characters. When they all witness the counts, abrupt panic ensues.
7 has an intense plot that keeps the viewer engaged. In Horror cinema, the seven deadly sins have always been a topic of interest to me. The short Comedy, Horror starts off as most found footage films do. Many are aware of the lingering plot development and a lot of dialogue.
It doesn’t take long before the action and the intensity starts. Unlike typical found footage films, 7 doesn’t keep the viewer disengaged for too long.
The references to other like-minded films were a nice touch. There was one quote mentioned from The Omen, that was just the right tone and fit in well with the scene.
The one thing I disliked about found footage films and I think many will agree is the camera shakiness. I’m aware this film technique implies authenticity. Yet, there are quite a few times in 7 where the camera goes in and out, and you’re staring at a blank screen. Sometimes the scene is not well lit. I wished there was more emphasis on lighting to accent what’s going on.
The seven deadly sins is a thematic staple in the Horror genre. This concept falls well in line with supernatural, demonic possessions, and related subcultures. They almost tend to go hand-in-hand, as one coincides with the other.
A number of cheesy films horde the seven deadly sins theme. Despite this, the reason that this topic works so well is because it remains fresh. The concept is not oversaturated to the point of getting worn thin.
7 is a found footage film that builds intensity. We have films such as Se7en, which draws out the anticipation in over two hours. 7 executes the same sentiment within 40 minutes. It is this intensity that the viewer with find enjoyment. Slan and Price deliver fast-paced chaos with 7 . The film stands apart from typical found footage concepts.
The originality and plot are the centerpieces for the film 7. A display of some outstanding practical effects was presented. Yet, special effects were not eye-catching. The scare factor and performances were not complex. This is expected since it is a reoccurring staple in the found footage genre. On cinematography, 7 offers the shaky point of view perspective. Creative lighting could have improved some scenes.
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