My experience with the acting chops of Danny Dyer are relegated to Severance and Doghouse (review), two horror comedies that featured the London-born actor do a lot of drugs and degrade women. Both films were great, and quite funny, so naturally my myopic view of Mr. Dyer makes his inclusion in the upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller The Last Seven a mystery to me.

While I'm sure his comedic nature belies his serious acting talents (I'll simply plead ignorance here), it will be hard for me to see him as anything other than a comedic actor. Kind of like Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I mean, who knew a guy who talked out of his ass in a movie about a pet detective could actually play a serious role? Base assumptions and pigeonholing aside, I'm quite intrigued to see how he'll do in the directorial debut by Imran Naqvi.

Written by John Stanley, The Last Seven focuses on the aftermath of a cataclysmic event that left only seven people on Earth alive. Not only must they struggle to understand what's happening around them, they're being pursued by a mysterious demonic force.

Considered to have "dark religious undertones," one can only surmise whether or not the title is also an allusion to the last sayings of Jesus, which refer to the collected final words uttered by Christ before he died on the cross. I wouldn't be surprised, and in a way I kind of hope it is, 'cause that could make for an excellent little thriller. Watching the trailer, however, one can clearly see a heavy 28 Days Later influence, beginning with the man waking up in an abandoned city and culminating with the lovely "fingers in the eyes" shot that, to me, has become almost iconic.

Special thanks to the fine folks at Quiet Earth for the heads up. The Last Seven is set to be released this winter.

categories Horror