7th day

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German title 7th day
Original title 7th day
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2013
length 72 minutes
Director Jason M. Koch
script Mark Leake
production Robert Ziegler
music Paul Joyce
camera Stephen Rubac

7th Day is an American horror film directed by Jason M. Koch from 2013. The splatter film depicts seven days in the life of a serial killer .


Allan Dean works as a dishwasher in a rundown restaurant. He is hopelessly in love with the waitress Denise, who, however, only has mockery for him, as well as his work colleagues. He tries to keep his private life as secret as possible, because he has a very delicate hobby: he is a serial killer with a tendency towards sadistic violence, rape and necrophilia . The film shows seven days from his life that he describes to an interviewer who only exists in his imagination.

Allen Dean describes his hunt, his preferences and shows his current victims, which he has previously scouted, as well as his random victims. In the course of the seven days he intensifies himself further into his madness and becomes more and more unscrupulous and careless, his murders more and more brutal. One day he is woken up by the police, who have arrested his neighbor for pedophilia .

On the seventh day he confesses his love to Denise, but she rejects him. Now he continues to kill.


Jason M. Koch's interest in serial killers began in his youth when he read up on Jeffrey Dahmer , Ed Gein, and Henry Lee Lucas . So he felt well prepared to do some kind of character study about a serial killer. He worked with Mark S. Sanders weeks prior to filming to make sure he was up to the role. The very nihilistic film provides various explanations on the subject of serial killers, including negative histories such as child abuse and neglect, but also a disturbed self-image and drug-induced delusions. Overall, some stereotypes were projected onto the main character. In addition, the victims were depicted as negatively as possible so that the viewer has sympathy with the perpetrator. Inspirations were character studies like Taxi Driver , but also similar films like American Psycho , Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Misanthrope . Koch, who actually comes from the SFX area and has already worked for Troma Entertainment with his company Aftermath FX Studios , used a series of hard splatter scenes to impress the audience.

The film was released on DVD in the United States on October 29, 2013. A German-language publication was released on October 25, 2016 on the Dutch uncut label Extreme in Austria, limited to 1000 copies.


The independent film was only recognized in the horror film scene and received positively there. Matt Wavish awarded 7.5 out of 10 stars on Horrorcultfilms.co.uk and described the film as an interesting character study.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ K. Russ: A journey into the abyss. An interview about the film 7th Day by Jason M. Koch . In: Mediabook . Extreme, November 25, 2016.
  2. 7th day in the online film database
  3. Matt Wavish: 7th Day (2012): Release date TBC. Horrorcultfilms.co.uk, November 10, 2013, accessed July 4, 2018 .