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Makes the last "Friday the 13th" movie appear intellectual in comparison
on April 22, 2012
Even professionally made junk is still junk and while "7 Below" has two exceptional actors in the form of Ving Rhames and Val Kilmer (although Kilmer hasn't done anything worthwhile since "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"-although both are on cruise control in their roles)in it, "7 Below" fails to surprise or scare.
A group of travelers (Kilmer among them) are stranded in a creepy house with a creepy host(Rhames)when a tornado watch forces them off the road. Then the killing starts. Well, I suppose you could say the killing starts. We don't SEE one of the earliest killings and its ALL played off screen (perhaps they ran into issues with how the scene was shot). In films like this it's all about how creative the murder sequences are since that's kind of the purpose of movie.
"7 Below" just meanders from scene-to-scene without much action and what little character development there is in the film is mostly cliched.
Kilmer's character of Bill dies early on perhaps he had the biggest paycheck or a more important gig waiting. Rhames remains the one delight in the film particularly with a clever intentional reference to "Top Gun" involving a scene with Kilmer. Although Rhames KNOWS he's in an awful movie he manages to have fun with his role as Jack.
The transfer looks pretty decent and audio although not outstanding had a decent mix as well.
Special features are limited to a trailer.
I'd avoid this one as there are dozens of better horror flicks out there. Kilmer is slumming and although Vhames has fun with his role, it's not enough to save this flick. Even for a buck this seemed too expensive. "7 Below" reminds us that most flicks that end up going straight to video do so for a very good reason--they just aren't very good.