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Seventh Moon (Blu-ray / DVD)

Seventh Moon on DVD and Blu-rayReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Dennis Chan, Amy Smart, Tim Chiou

Directed by Eduardo Sanchez

Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment


The co-director of The Blair Witch Project returns once again with another tale of terror that explores why it would be a lot safer to just hang out in town or in the city, instead of messing around in the fucking woods. Seventh Moon takes us through a rural area of China where the ghostly pale spirits of the dead are demanding their yearly offerings.

The rules are simple. Give them something live to kill and they won’t mess with you or your home. Of course newlyweds Melissa (Smart) and Yul (Chiou) initially chalk this up to being an old wives tale, but when their guide Ping (Chan) ends up mysteriously disappearing, leaving them stranded in lord knows where, our duo find out that even the craziest sounding legends can have a foothold in reality. Or in this case, a very deadly reality.

Seventh Moon starts off with a bang and never lets up until the third act. We’ll get to that in a moment. Sanchez knows how to deliver the chills, and with this flick he does so in spades, creating what feels like a truly claustrophobic environment amidst a wide open landscape where anything can and does happen. This part of the world feels suitably foreign and alien as it is presented here for our poor American tourists. They barely speak the language, they can’t communicate that they need help, and worse – even if they could, no one would dare lift a finger to save them, or else they too would face the wrath of the pale ones.

Seventh Moon on DVD and Blu-rayThings cook along at a nice steady pace until in the third act we hit a completely unnecessary wall. To fully illustrate what happens, I’d have to dole out tons of spoilers so you’re just going to have to see it for yourself. Suffice it to say that the stakes become significantly lowered and things begin to drag a bit. This doesn’t ruin the film, and truth be told there are some great moments during the finale, but in the end it just doesn’t go anywhere.

Another minor issue is that Seventh Moon is shot entirely hand-held so there’s shaky-cam a plenty. Thankfully there’s no quick editing to further distract you so the viewer never becomes disoriented. It’s easy to see in some scenes why Sanchez employs this technique, but in others it’s just senseless. Do we really need to see a close-up of the moon being rattled about. Really? I’m guessing this may put off a lot of movie watchers. Chance taken.

The DVD and the Blu-ray share identical supplemental material with the nod going to the BD in the picture and sound department. Things kick off with a great commentary with writer/director Eduardo Sanchez and actress Amy Smart. These two are very funny and have lots of chemistry so you can’t help but be entertained. From there we get three featurettes that explore everything from your traditional behind-the-scenes stuff to Chinese legends. This is really good stuff and totally worth a watch. Things are capped off with yet another completely unrelated to the movie music video that has become a staple of sorts for these latest Ghost House Underground releases.

Seventh Moon is a badass and at times downright chilling little movie that deserves its rightful place in your home video collection. Yep, it’s time to cross China off on my list of places I will never, ever visit. Thanks, Ed!

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with writer/director Eduardo Sanchez and actress Amy Smart
  • Ghosts of Hong Kong: The Making of Seventh Moon featurette
  • The Pale Figures featurette
  • Mysteries of the Seventh Lunar Month featurette
  • Music video

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    3 1/2 out of 5

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    4 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    5 Comments

    1. Dude, what where you watching. Is Ghost House paying for this review. The film lacked any redeeming qualities. Brutal dialogue, no suspense what so ever, no score to speak of, horrible camera work, the lighting sucked, nothing at all original in the story. Ohhh… Moon Demons chase Americans…. what are we to do… drive car away… oh no car crashes… run…. hide in car…. run. I will have to take any other reviews from you with a grain of salt. The only horror I ever saw worse is Shadows of the Dead.

    2. I don’t know what movie you were watching. You might want to check your DVD player. I did not have any shaky cam moments.

      • Maybe you define shaky cam differently?

        Per Wikipedia: Shaky camera, shaky cam, handheld camera or free camera is a cinematographic technique where stable image techniques are dispensed with on purpose. The camera is handheld, or given the appearance of being handheld, and shots are limited to what one photographer could have accomplished with one camera. Shaky cam gives a film sequence an ad-hoc, electronic news-gathering, or documentary film feel. It suggests unprepared, unrehearsed filming of reality, and can provide a sense of dynamics, immersion, instability or nervousness.

        Sounds exactly like the experience I had with Seventh Moon. Did you maybe mean “quick cuts”?

        • This film was definitely filled with shaky-cam. It didn’t really hinder my enjoyment of the movie, though.

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