66 All-Japanese Horror Movies

This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies were produced exclusively by Japan. How many have you seen?

Se7en

Two detectives hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Big Plot Twist

 

United States
1995
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Lurer
8
Serial goodness!
5.04
8
8
8
2
3
3
Performances
Pace
Plot
The murders of Se7en are elegant and based on the seven deadly sins. We learn this from Morgan Freeman who speaks as if we were ten years old. Morgan Freeman plays an intellectual veteran detective who never pulled the trigger in his whole career, and Brad Pitt an impulsive and arrogant rookie. This is a dialogue-driven buddy cop film that dips its toes into horror when it gets intense.
The whole film is barely lit, which gives us the impression that everything important happens at night. Also, it sure rains a lot. The action really starts in the second half, as the protagonists finally encounter, for a brief instant, the serial killer. Although the main actors are excellent, the most interesting character is the murderer. He gets all the good lines and is highly unpredictable.
Director David Fincher is a perfectionist. He comes up with a signature and sticks to it. Kudos to Darius Khondji, director of photography, for keeping up with him. The screenplay starts on an interesting note and gets increasingly creative. It is quite simply brilliant. The last act is full of surprises. The twist is, simply put, one of the best in film history.
Alternate Titles: 
Seven
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