Se7en: 10 Hidden Details You Never Noticed In The Movie
Se7en, directed by David Fincher, is one of those rare thrillers that defies genre stereotypes, with a shocking ending that hasn’t lost its luster, and dozens of Easter eggs and tidbits that the average viewer would never notice.
10 Brad Pitt’s Real Life Injury
Mills getting hurt during the chase scene was already in the script, so it didn’t really need to be, but it did happen in real life.
9 Real-Life Murder References
David Berkowitz claimed that a possessed dog told him to commit his crimes, while John Hinckley Jr. claimed that his obsession with Jodie Foster inspired him to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.
8 Some Hilarious Bylines
A close-up shot of a newspaper detailing John Doe’s crimes, as well as headlines like Housekeeper Held Hostage. By Child’s Possessed Gerbil Three Days of Terror, are among the Easter eggs that many viewers are unlikely to notice on the first viewing.
7 Seven Minute Countdown
The film is nearing its climactic and terrifying conclusion, and there is a small tidbit buried in the film that pays tribute to the number seven.
6 The Film’s Mysterious Locale
The closest the film gets to a location specificity is a visible ad for New York pizza; however, the film’s writer did live in New York at the time he was writing the book.
5 The Kevin Spacey Surprise
Kevin Spacey’s appearance in the film was a complete surprise; he was supposed to have top billing at the start of the film, but the cast and crew decided that the audience would be more surprised if they didn’t know he was in it.
4 The Real Horror Movie Moment
Directors have been using this technique to get a more convincing performance out of actors since the beginning of horror films. In Se7en, the police were not told that the “sloth” victim was supposed to still be alive, so their reaction when he starts moving is real.
3 The Death That Almost Wasn’t
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and David Fincher have all stated that if the script is changed, they will not make the film.
2 John Doe’s Surprise Visit
He first appears as a man named John Doe, dressed in a wig and glasses, and his true identity is revealed at the end of the film when he is approached by a masked photographer.
1 The Serial Killer Without Killings
The main killer in Se7en is never shown killing any of his victims; in fact, the only on-screen death in the entire film is when Detective Mills kills John Doe at the end; all other deaths are only shown after the murders have already occurred.
Does Mills kill Doe in seven?
Mills, unable to overcome his grief and anger, kills Doe and completes the killer’s master plan. Doe reveals he is Envy, and he wants Mills to kill him, thus making the detective Wrath, the final sin in Doe’s design of a perfect seven kills.
What happened to mills in se7en?
Mills becomes enraged and shoots Doe in retaliation (David Fincher allows a flash of Tracey’s face to appear for a frame just before Mills kills Doe to demonstrate how instinctive and vengeful the killing is).
What book is se7en based on?
Somerset and Mills look into a series of murders inspired by the seven deadly sins, including a morbidly obese man who was forced to eat until his stomach burst, symbolizing gluttony, and a criminal defense attorney who was killed after being forced to cut a pound of flesh from himself, symbolizing greed.
Is se7en based on a true story?
The brutal conditions of New York City, where screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker lived, inspired him; he claims in the commentary that he could walk down the street and observe one of the Seven Deadly Sins without even trying.
Do you see Gwyneth Paltrow head in seven?
Sure, Kevin Spacey’s John Doe mentions Detective Mills’ wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) and tells a whole story about her right before Mills’ partner opens the box, implying that Gwyneth Paltrow’s head is inside.
Is there an alternate ending to seven?
Andrew Kevin Walker, the writer, completed two different ending drafts: the one we see and one in which Somerset kills John Doe instead of Mills; this alternate ending sequence was storyboarded and included in the published script, but it was never filmed.
What was Mills wife sin in seven?
We never see inside the box, but we quickly learn that it contains the head of Mills’s wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), whom Doe murdered before confessing. The killer then claims that his own sin was “envy,” and that he was envious of Mills’s life and family.
What should I watch after Se7en?
If you like Se7en, here are 15 serial killer movies to watch.
- 8 Shutter Island.
- 9 Saw.
- 10 Cruising.
- 11 Psycho.
- 12 The Voices.
- 13 M.
- 14 The Dead Pool.
- 15 Zodiac. David Fincher directed Zodiac about a real serial killer after directing Se7en about a fictional serial killer.
What was pride in Se7en?
Pride is the deadliest of the seven deadly sins, according to theologians and philosophers: lust, envy, anger, greed, gluttony, and sloth are all bad, but pride is the deadliest of all, the root of all evil, and the beginning of sin.
Did Brad Pitt get hurt filming seven?
Pitt’s arm went through a car windshield during filming of the scene in which Mills chases John Doe in the rain, necessitating surgery. The accident was worked into the script, and the original script called for Detective Mills to be injured during the sequence.
Is seven set in New York?
Seven was shot in Los Angeles, but it is not set there. The screenwriter was inspired by his dislike of living in New York City, but it is not set there, nor in Philadelphia, Chicago, or even Peoria, Illinois.
Did Se7en win any Oscars?
This descent is what makes Se7en such a sophisticated and shocking horror film, and yes, Se7en is a horror film. This could easily be a dark and gruesome story set in a horror-influenced version of Gotham City, and director David Fincher is no stranger to horror.
Is Se7en set in Gotham?
Se7en’s Curiously Unnamed City In fact, the trick is so convincing that many critics have referred to the film as taking place in New York, despite the fact that none of the characters or any single shot confirms this.