In my head, I’ve been a worldly pop star serenading a gaggle of worshipful soap opera actors. I’ve, also, won several Best Supporting Actor Academy Awards and, most importantly, I am still in the shape I was ten years ago!
Mind games, also, weigh in heavily in Dire Wit Films’ explosive 2013 examination 7th Day. A dishwasher in a midrange restaurant, Allen Dean is quiet and shy. Often picked on by his co-workers, Dean harbors a dark secret. He is, also, a notorious serial killer. Or is he? As Allen is followed by a mysterious interviewer, the strong corridors of his reality soon seem to weaken. Could the vivid destruction and grue strewn mayhem that he engages in be nothing but an escape from his dreary existence? Ultimately, the affections of a disdainful waitress that Allen has fallen for may be the only balm for his fractured soul.
Filled to the brim with gut wrenching effects (brilliantly created by Kaleigh Brown), eclectic writer Mark Leake (Isle of the Damned) and leveled director Jason Koch (Aftermath FX Studio) seem to be going for much more than shock value here. Allen’s internal ramblings, ultimately, hit an emotional cord within us all. His inner monologues remind us of how we all would like to react in the face of adversity — calmly and with intelligently well spoken confidence.
Anchored by Mark Sanders’ subtle, surprising sympathetic performance as Allen, 7th Day is an interesting, much needed shot in the arm to the prevalent landscape of independent serial killer adventures.
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!