The Seventh Sign (1988) starring Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Jürgen Prochnow, Peter Friedman, Manny Jacobs, John Taylor, Lee Garlington, Akosua Busia directed by Carl Schultz Movie Review

The Seventh Sign (1988)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Demi Moore, Michael Biehn in The Seventh Sign (1988)


Strange things are beginning to happen around the world, scorching hot fish wash up on beaches, deserts freeze over and rivers turn to blood all of which seems to happen when ever a mysterious man is around. Whilst some believe these events are signs of the second coming Father Lucci (Peter Friedman) from the Vatican believes otherwise. When the mysterious man who goes by the name of David Bannon (Jürgen Prochnow) rents a room above the garage at the home belonging to pregnant Abby Quinn (Demi Moore - About Last Night...) and her husband Russell (Michael Biehn - Aliens) she begins to suspect that David is not all he seems and fears these events around the world spell danger for her unborn child.

Religious horror movie is not something you tend to hear, so how about religious thriller that sounds more acceptable but which ever you choose "The Seventh Sign" is it. But before you run away in fear of the word religious this is not a bible bashing movie or a holy Joe film but one which creates a fascinating and occasionally frightening story from the events in the book of Revelations. Does that mean you need to have read your bible to understand what unfolds in "The Seventh Sign"? No as it is fascinating without the knowledge although at the same time some concept of these events will lift the movie as it brings with it anticipation.

Jürgen Prochnow in The Seventh Sign (1988)

So what happens is simple, we see this mysterious man at various places where he appears to be causing cataclysmic events by breaking the wax seals on old letters. Who is he? What is he up to? And why does he end up renting a room above Abby's garage who whilst snooping about comes across one of these letters with an ancient seal on them. It certainly is a fascinating movie which even when you are aware of the signs makes you wonder where it is going with all the biblical references. I am not going to say but I will say how this plays out will be hard work for those who are not into movies which make you think and require you pay attention to everything.

As for the acting well in a career which has seen Demi Moore run hot and cold as one good movie followed a bad "The Seventh Sign" is a good one. Not that the role of Abby demands any great acting but Moore is solid and in control of her character from start to finish as is Michael Biehn who plays her husband. But it is Jürgen Prochnow who makes this movie because he epitomises mystery going from nice one scene to unsettling in the next making us unsure as to his intentions.

What this all boils down to is that "The Seventh Sign" is an intriguing movie which delivers a cross between horror and thriller using elements from the bible. It won't be for everyone as it is an intelligent thriller which you need to pay attention to but if you can you won't be disappointed.