David Fincher almost walked away from making movies after his directorial debut on Alien 3, a film that was panned by critics and by the man himself. Studio interference and multiple rewrites led to Fincher later disowning the film and returning to directing commercials and music videos.
That was until the script for Se7en came across his desk and brought him back to the movie business. And thank God it did, as Fincher has gone on to become one of the most respected directors of his generation, with Se7en still remaining a fan-favourite from his filmography to this day.
Released 25 years ago, Se7en revolutionised the thriller genre and became one of the '90s most iconic movies. It is fondly remembered for the shocking surrender of serial killer John Doe and the gripping ‘What’s in the box?’ closing sequence.
Oh yeah, spoilers by the way. Although if you haven’t seen it in the last quarter of a century and clicked on this article, then that’s really on you.
But even for those familiar with the film, Se7en is littered with subtle clues and hidden Easter eggs that even the most avid fans of the movie may have missed.
10. Making Headlines
Se7en is known as one of the most dejecting, yet gripping, movies of all time as it tracks the warpath of serial killer John Doe as he picks off his victims, who he deems to have committed at least one of the seven deadly sins.
During the movie, a newspaper stand is shown that features front pages of multiple newspapers covering the gruesome murder spree. However, elsewhere on these newspapers are some bizarre stories that may have gone unnoticed.
Other headlines on the newspapers include ‘Housekeeper Held Hostage By Child’s Possessed Gerbil Three Days Of Terror’ and ‘Neighbors Beagle Scares Teen, Cures 8-Year Bout With Hiccups’.
These headlines seem like the type of thing you would read in a comedy spoof movie, as opposed to a crime thriller. But I suppose it does add a brief moment of comedic relief to this bleak, gloomy movie for those that were sharp enough to spot it.