80. The Seventh Sign

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Movie: The Seventh Sign

Release Date: April 1, 1988

Director: Carl Schultz

Starring: Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Peter Friedman, Jürgen Prochnow.

Tag Lines: “The seals have been broken. The prophecies have begun. Now only one woman can halt the end of our world.”

“An ancient evil has been awakened and there is nothing you can do to stop it… except pray.”

Relevance: Like yesterday’s movie (see 81. Planes, Trains and Automobiles), there is no real fanfare or story behind why I loved ‘The Seventh Sign’ as much as I did. Unlike yesterday’s movie though, this one was not very well received by either critics or audiences. It was pretty much dismissed by everyone, except me. As a fan of horror films, Demi Moore and any and all things biblical, it was the perfect film for me at that time, and one that stayed with me my entire life.

Demi Moore was someone that I fell in love with in the early 1980’s when I watched her five days a week as Jackie Templeton on the soap opera “General Hospital.” My maternal Grandmother was a huge fan of the ABC soaps. From 12:30 pm through 4:00 pm eastern standard time, Josie would be found in front of the television watching ‘Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and my favorite “General Hospital.” She was my babysitter while my mom and dad worked. As much as I kept myself busy with puzzle and coloring books, I, along with housewives across the country, couldn’t help but get swept away with the fictitious lives and outlandish stories on daytime TV. I was hooked (and remained hooked right through college).

Ms. Moore’s character was feisty and fun and I immediately fell in love with her husky voice. As the actress became more and more (pun intended) famous, I always kept my eye on her. From ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ to ‘About Last Night’ to ‘One Crazy Summer,’ she was becoming a true Hollywood star, infamously gaining recognition as a member of the Brat Pack. When I saw the trailer for ‘The Seventh Sign,’ I was definitely intrigued, but I did not run out to the theaters to see it opening weekend. I was dragged there the following week by a girl.

In high school, I was always “on again, off again dating” a girl I had known since grade school. She was sweet and cute and I genuinely liked her, but I was not head over heels in love by any means. I can’t remember if we were actually “on” or “off” when we went to this movie, as we always remained friends and hung around in the same clique, but I do know that I saw it with her. She had already seen the movie the week before and absolutely loved it. It was all she could talk about, non-stop for a solid week. So, with that same group of friends, we went to see Demi Moore in ‘The Seventh Sign.’

I was riveted the entire time and fell even more (pun yet again intended) with Demi Moore. The film was a drama but with horror elements and a story that was ripped right out of my favorite book of the bible, Revelations. I was always an “end of the world” kind of guy. As much as I was still fighting with myself whether the bible was fiction or non-fiction, I was never able to deny just how good the stories in the “good book” were. I mean, when it comes to the bible, there are some really great tales that would make the heads spin of any of the characters living in Port Charles, New York. I absolutely loved the movie and like the girl I was sorta dating at the time, talked about it incessantly for weeks after I had seen it.

‘The Seventh Sign’ was a movie that I rented when it became available at Blockbuster and I watched it relentlessly when it played on HBO. It became a favorite of my family as well and always seemed to be playing on our television. I was always intrigued by the tale and was always looking out for those “signs.” I also continued to follow Demi Moore’s career and was always delighted when she showed up in films that I liked. I would always boast that I knew she was going to be famous when she was Jackie Templeton. I would then always follow up that statement with, “Have you seen ‘The Seventh Sign?’ You must watch it.”

Today’s Thoughts: “So much misery, man against man. They kill each other. They have no faith. I used to think the world would change. But it hasn’t.”

If there was any time that I thought the world was about to come to an end, 2020 would be that time. In fact, in the spring of this year with pandemics, dying family members and riots, I was starting to look for those “signs” again. ‘The Seventh Sign’ seemed to always be on my mind. I knew it was coming up on my list of most influential movies of all time and I wondered if I would actually make it to the day that I was going to watch it. Thankfully, I made it and today I re-watched ‘The Seventh Sign.’

The movie is definitely dated as far as visual effects, but the story is still riveting, Even as a full blown atheist, I still love those biblical references and stories. I mean, a good story is a good story, regardless of its source. Demi Moore is so young and beautiful and although her cry wasn’t perfected until 1990’s ‘Ghost,’ a movie you know will be talked about later this year, she really does a fine job as the woman who saves our existence. I actually did kind of tear up a little today as I revisited this dramatic, apocalyptic film.

‘The Seventh Sign’ is a movie that is probably well forgotten as it was written off pretty much by everyone when it was released. However, I firmly stand by the story and its characters and urge anyone who hasn’t seen it to give it a try. It has entertained me for decades and firmly makes its claim in my top one hundred films of all time. Way to go, Jackie Templeton. Josie would be proud.

Ways to Watch: Pluto TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, DVD Avaiability.

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