The supernatural thriller “The Seventh Day” follows a grizzled evil-fighting priest and his anxious new recruit, with elements of “The Exorcist” and “Training Day.” The premise is amusing enough, but as written and directed by Justin P. Lange, the film is too ponderous and dry — neither endearingly trashy nor effectively frightening. Father Daniel Garcia is played by Vadhir Derbez, a young priest with a talent for detecting evil, a gift that expresses itself as powerful memories of horrific events that occurred around specific people and locations. Father Peter Costello is played by Guy Pearce, a tough-talking exorcist who had a terrifying experience with a demon as a child and has been haunted by it ever since.
On paper, all of this seems to be fairly exciting. And given that Lange’s previous film, “The Dark,” was a thoughtful and at times beautiful take on the zombie thriller, modern horror fans may be excited to see his name in the credits. Garcia roams through the house where the murders occurred, experiencing the killer’s trauma psychically, and the artistry evident in “The Dark” reappears on occasion in “The Seventh Day,” especially in the sequence where Garcia roams through the house where the murders occurred, experiencing the killer’s trauma psychically. However, one major criticism of “The Dark” was that it was slow-paced, even to the point of being tedious, and this is an even bigger issue in “The Seventh Day.” Despite the fact that Lange’s latest film is more plot-driven and gimmicky, it still drags. IMDB