SEVENTH SON

"Occult Battles"

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Summary:

SEVENTH SON is a fantasy film about a new apprentice to a middle-aged knight who battles witches and other supernatural creatures and needs help stopping an evil witch and her friends from taking control of the land and its people. SEVENTH SON is an entertaining B movie, but the worldview has strong occult content where a couple witches help the heroes fight the evil witches.

Review:

SEVENTH SON is a fairly entertaining B movie in the fantasy film genre, but it has a Non-Christian, unbiblical, occult view of witches and witchcraft, mitigated by some moral statements and actions.

Loosely based on a series of books, the movie opens with an evil witch, Mother Malkin, liberating herself from the trap in which a middle-aged knight named John Gregory had lured her. Gregory is a “Spook,” a knight who can fight evil witches, demons, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures that threaten the land and its people. The witches can transform themselves into dragons or giant animals, such as a giant bear or leopard.

As Gregory enjoys some ale in a bar, his apprentice, William, comes to fetch him to perform an exorcism on a little girl in a church. Gregory is reluctant, but after a brief altercation with a soldier in the bar who tries to force Gregory to do his duty, Gregory follows William to the church. Gregory is able to exorcize the creature inhabiting the girl’s body, but it turns out to be Malkin the witch. In the ensuing battle, William loses his life, and Malkin escapes in the form of a flying dragon.

Cut to a farm, where a young man named Tom Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, is taking care of the pigs. As the seventh son of a seventh son, Tom has visions and other hidden powers. Gregory comes along and takes Tom on as his new apprentice, giving Tom’s parents a bag of gold coins for the farmhand they’ll be losing.

Gregory has only a few short days to train Tom so Tom can help him defeat Malkin, who is gathering her friends to lay waste to the land and its people and rule the survivors in fear. Along the way to Malkin’s mountain fortress, they run into Alice, a young witch who just happens to be the daughter of Malkin’s sister. Gregory’s inclination is to kill Alice, but Tom has fallen in love with her.

Can Tom protect Alice? What side will Alice pick when her mother and her evil aunt try to kill Tom and Gregory?

SEVENTH SON is pretty much a B movie. While it’s fairly entertaining, with some nice special effects and exciting fight scenes, it’s not a great movie. The actors do a good job, however, even if they do get a little melodramatic a couple times.

The biggest problem with the movie is that it has a mixed pagan worldview with strong occult content. The heroes don’t call on God to help them defeat the evil witches, despite some light, but vague, Christian references to churches and clergymen. Instead, they use their fighting skills, their brains and magical items like magical dust or a magical talisman that Tom’s mother gives to him for protection. Also, while it’s clear that the evil witches are the ones who wield their witchcraft to hurt people or gain power, there are other witches who can be “good” if they fight the evil witches or help those opposing them.

Apparently, in the books on which this movie is based, Tom begins as a 12-year-old boy who comes of age over about 10 books. So, the movie has done a major overhaul on the stories and the worldview in the original book series.

SEVENTH SON also contains a few obscenities, including one mumbled “f” word from Jeff Bridges, who plays Gregory. There are also a couple scenes that vaguely indicate Tom and Alice might have slept together one night. It’s the occult content and confused view of witchcraft in SEVENTH SON, however, that renders it unacceptable viewing.

As God’s Word says in Deuteronomy 18:10-12:

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.”

Content:

(PaPa, OO, B, C, L, M) Strong pagan worldview with strong occult elements including talk about good witches who must take a stand against evil witches and warlocks, hero speaks to his dead mother who comforts him, references to other ghosts and “partial” spirits of dead people, hero uses magical talisman, mitigated by some moral elements, plus some light but vague Christian references, including one “God bless you,” but heroes rely on their own fighting skills and magical things to fight evil witches; one mumbled “f” word, two “h” words, one “For God’s sake”; strong action violence, much of it against scary monsters, including fighting and running away, witches burn to death when they are killed, one male warlock set on fire deliberately after he turns into a giant bear and fights, man hops on giant bear’s back, witches and warlocks change into dragons or giant animals to fight or kill people, scary possession scene involving little girl, giant monster chases men and throws them around, final big battle at the end; no depicted sex but one scene shows unmarried couple kissing, and then cuts to them holding one another on what looks like a couch, vaguely implying possible fornication; no nudity; brief alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, young woman steals something from young hero, hero’s teacher is belligerent in a bar scene before they meet, and young woman spies for evil witch and evil witch’s sister, who’s also young woman’s mother.

In Brief:

SEVENTH SON is based on a series of scary fantasy novels for teenagers. Tom Ward, a farmer’s young adult son, becomes an apprentice to John Gregory, an irascible middle-aged knight who battles evil witches, demons, ghosts, and other supernatural forces. Gregory’s nemesis, an evil witch named Malkin, has escaped from a trap Gregory set for her years ago. Malkin is gathering her sorcery friends in her mountain fortress to take control of the land and its people. Along the way to the fortress, Tom and Gregory run into a young woman named Alice, who happens to be the daughter of Malkin’s sister.

SEVENTH SON is pretty much a B movie. While it’s fairly entertaining, with some nice special effects and exciting fight scenes, it’s not a great movie. The biggest problem with the movie is that it’s got a mixed pagan worldview with strong occult content. For example, witches can be good if they help fight the evil witches and warlocks. Also, there’s a mumbled “f” word in the dialogue and some scary creatures. The occult elements render SEVENTH SON unacceptable viewing.