Se7en (1995) Poster



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Edited into 

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
scenes are taken from this film


Boule de suif (1934)
a poster of this film in Mills' apartment
The Andy Griffith Show (1960) (TV Series)
mulls referes to another cop contemptuously as Barney Fife
The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
Giving a lecture at Boston University in November 2010, renowned title credit designer Kyle Cooper said that this film was one of the inspirations for his opening credits' sequence for Se7en aka Seven. Cooper told director David Fincher that he had watched "Brain" as a young boy and had waited and waited and waited and waited for the monster to appear. He felt that since "John Doe" didn't appear in Fincher's film until quite late, it was important to give a glimpse of him in the opening credits. So, although you never see Doe's face in the credits, his presence is felt.
Klute (1971)
Serpico (1973)
Tracy calls David Serpico.
Chinatown (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
When Mills is discussing the claims of "freaks" who do "evil deeds they don't wanna do" he says "Jodie Foster told me to do it" - a reference to John Hinkley Jr. whose attempted assassination of President Reagan was inspired by an obsession with Jodie Foster after having seen her in this film.
Charlie's Angels (1976) (TV Series)
Annie Hall (1977)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Detective Mills mentions that just because he read some books, John Doe is not Yoda
Dead & Buried (1981)
Videodrome (1983)
Angel Heart (1987)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R. Lee Ermey's quote after the obesity murder, "somebody had a problem with the fat boy and decided to torture him," practically screams a reference to his role as Hartman in the Kubrick film, in which he did just that.
Cape Fear (1991)
The music score is direct reference to Cape Fear (when the detectives go to arrest Victor (Sin of Sloth)

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Mariel Hemingway/Blues Traveler (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Tori Amos (1996) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during The Joe Pesci Show
NewsRadio: Coda (1996) (TV Episode)
Lisa's response to Joe's test booklet
Very Important Pennis: Very Important Pennis: Part 2 (1996) (TV Episode)
Dennis mentions this film to Morgan Freeman and asks him "Was that the best head you've ever been given?"
Asylum: Episode #1.4 (1996) (TV Episode)
Adam was acting "Seven" out in charades, and Simon guessed it.
The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.4 (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as one of the year's best films.
Mimic (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
Agents J and K kicking in the door in MIB is exactly like Mills kicking the door in Se7en. It's even said so in the commentary on the Se7en DVD.
Oz: God's Chillin' (1997) (TV Episode)
"Name the seven deadly sins. Come on, you saw that Brad Pitt movie"
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Leland Orser has "crazed convulsions" when the Alien is about to burst out of his chest, similar to what his character experiences in Se7en (1995).
Friends: The One with Chandler in a Box (1997) (TV Episode)
Mention by name
Blood (1997) (Video Game)
One of the game's levels contains a faithful recreation of the Sloth scene, complete with myriads of air freshners hanging from the ceiling.
David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme (1997) (TV Short)
Specifically mentioned by Alex Cox (also shows poster and a still image)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Screaming Skull (1998) (TV Episode)
Servo: This is worse than Se7en!
Free Enterprise (1998)
Mentioned in opening scene.
Driven (1998)
The League of Gentlemen: The Road to Royston Vasey (1999) (TV Episode)
A copy of the video is seen
8MM (1999)
Besat (1999)
Resurrection (1999)
Dogma (1999)
Referenced by name
Fight Club (1999)
A video of Seven is in the video store getting erased
The Nameless (1999)
End of Days (1999)
The dead priest isn't really dead, a reference to a similar scene in Se7en.
Scream 3 (2000)
The Sopranos: House Arrest (2000) (TV Episode)
Tony says he watched it
Keeping the Faith (2000)
The priest says that people should know what the Seven Deadly Sins are, as Brad Pitt starred in the popular movie about them.
The Cell (2000)
Ti psyhi tha paradoseis mori?: Episode #1.3 (2000) (TV Episode)
Popi rents this film on tape
Malcolm in the Middle: Therapy (2000) (TV Episode)
Reese rented the film.
The Perfect Souffle: Testing 'Final Destination' (2000) (Video)
Poster is seen.
DAG: Prom (2001) (TV Episode)
Dag threatens Camilla's date by saying, "Remember that movie Seven? Well, I'm writing one called Eight."
3rd Rock from the Sun: The Thing That Wouldn't Die: Part 1 (2001) (TV Episode)
SPOILER: Judith says to Mary: "only one piece of the puzzle missing: your head in a box" a reference to a climactic scene in Seven
Max Payne (2001) (Video Game)
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Secret Box/Band Geeks (2001) (TV Episode)
In "The Secret Box", when Spongebob suggests Patrick might be "a deranged maniac who keeps his victims severed heads in a box" is a reference to Se7en.
Alien Evolution (2001) (TV Movie)
Tattoo (2002)
Insomnia (2002)
Minority Report (2002)
prevision sequences / title sequence
Road to Perdition (2002)
The crime scene where we first meet Maguire looks very familiar to the first crime scene in Se7en. They both share a visual look the way both dead bodies are posed and the mild lighting.
Emmett's Mark (2002)
Deconstructing Precog Visions (2002) (Video)
mentioned once
Kingpin (2003) (TV Mini-Series)
A severed head in a box.
Paanch (2003)
The opening titles sequence of Paanch is an homage to Se7en
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
The Making of 'Alien³' (2003) (Video)
Mention once
One Step Beyond: The Making of 'Alien: Resurrection' (2003) (Video)
Leland Orser talks about his role in Se7en
The Machinist (2004)
visual style
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
A poster for it is in the theatre that the kids go to in 1995
Tatort: Abschaum (2004) (TV Episode)
referenced when the policeman search for indices in the libary like in Se7en
High Chaparall: Robert Englund (2004) (TV Episode)
You can see this movie in Robert Englunds DVD collection
Hitman: Contracts (2004) (Video Game)
Hundreds of Air Fresheners are seen hanging from the ceiling in one of the rooms in "The Meat King's Party" level.
Order in Chaos: Making Millennium - Season One (2004) (Video)
mentioned a few times
Meet Bob Shaye (2004) (Video)
The Money Shot (2005) (Video)
Characters reference the film by name in dialogue.
Antibodies (2005)
serial killer with biblical motives, optical parallels , killer plays a game with the cop, dissimilar cop-duo
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
When they are dancing at the restaurant and John admits not dancing was part of his cover, Jane asks him if "sloth" was also part of his cover.
Entourage: My Maserati Does 185 (2005) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Le petit lieutenant (2005)
There is a film poster hanging on the wall of the police station.
Proof (2005)
Robert's notebooks are similar to those used by John Doe.
Who's on First: The Movie (2005) (Short)
Repeatedly referenced in dialogue
Killers by Nature (2005) (Video)
Jeff wears a "Seven" t-shirt.
Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005) (Video Game)
Similar plot of finding a serial killer.
Criminal Minds: A Real Rain (2006) (TV Episode)
The fake vigilante walks into the police station with blood still on his clothes saying 'I believe you're looking for me', just as John Doe did in Se7en.
Sins (2006) (Short)
Justice: Crucified (2006) (TV Episode)
a character is said to have seen this film
Have I Got News for You: Episode #32.5 (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Thr3e (2006)
number (used as a letter) inside the same number spelled out/similar plot
Saturday Night Live: Matthew Fox/Tenacious D (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Elevator sketch
The Holiday (2006)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Outrageous Fortune: Outrageous Fortune: The Movie (2006) (TV Episode)
When Graeme delivers the box with Wolf's cake, Van asks what "the film where the chick's head turned up in a box" was called.
Dekkariaika: Sarjamurhaajan jäljillä (2006) (TV Episode)
Movie is mentioned and discussed
This Is Zodiac (2007) (Video)
Mentioned by David Fincher.
Supernatural: The Magnificent Seven (2007) (TV Episode)
Dean Winchester: What's in the box! Brad Pitt, Se7en, no?
Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers (2007) (Video)
Mentioned several times as being influenced by Blade Runner
Las Vegas: A Cannon Carol (2007) (TV Episode)
Danny assumes the present he receives in a box is Gwyneth Paltrow's head.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
It is listed as one of the "sweded" movies. Also, video case is shown.
Righteous Kill (2008)
Turk and Rooster kicking in the door in MIB is exactly like Mills kicking the door in Se7en.
NCIS: Murder 2.0 (2008) (TV Episode)
Tony claims the murderer has ripped off the ending of Seven.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) falls asleep on a couch in a hotel during his tugboat travels very similar to Mills and Sommerset waiting for the fingerprint results.
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough (2008) (Video Game)
When using Gel-arshie on the lava pit in the Halfathalon, he says the movie's line, "What's in the box?"
The Collector (2009)
Opening credit sequence is similar in style and music to the opening credit sequence in Se7en, including shots of hands, writings and razor blades.
[Rec] 2 (2009)
Turntable plays record instantly
Tosh.0: Ladder Fail Guy (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
How I Met Your Mother: The Window (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Robin
Heavy Rain (2010) (Video Game)
The Origami Killer wears a black fedora and long, black trenchcoat that conceals his face like the one John Doe wears.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.147 (2010) (TV Episode)
Contestant mentions the film while recalling an encounter with Kevin Spacey
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) (Video)
Poster is shown.
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
En prácticas: Instituto RTVE (2010) (TV Episode)
talking about psycho characters
Final Revision (2010) (Short)
Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (2010) (TV Episode)
Lassiter comments that the cardboard box left in the open field for Shawn to find is "such a blatant rip-off of 'Se7en.'"
Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2010)
Bonzo says, "It was like that scene from 'Seven.'"
Hawaii Five-0: He Kane Hewa' Ole (2011) (TV Episode)
finding a head in the box and referring to it as John Doe, as in the antagonist in Se7en
The Guard (2011)
McBride mentions it to Boyle.
The Prodigies (2011)
Poster in Jim's cell
30 Rock: TGS Hates Women (2011) (TV Episode)
Abby gets a note from her ex-husband saying "P.S. I was electrocuted again, while watching Se7en."
Supernatural: The Man Who Knew Too Much (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Robin
Megan Is Missing (2011)
a "camp counselor" is compared to Kevin Spacey
Midnight Screenings: Horrible Bosses/Zookeeper (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
American Horror Story (2011) (TV Series)
Inspiration for main story arc: The Ten Commandments Killer and the killer's admiration for a young trailing detective. Detectives Mills and Somerset of the film serving as the primary inspiration for characters Detective John Lowe and Detective Hahn.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.23 (2011) (TV Episode)
Ignatiy mentions that David Fincher directed the film
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2011) (TV Movie)
A still image is shown
Donald Glover Weirdo (2012) (TV Special)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Comic Book Men: Junk (2012) (TV Episode)
To joke about the state of the comic book shop by comparing the shop to John Doe's house
Archer: Skin Game (2012) (TV Episode)
After entering Krieger's apartment he and Archer walk by a room with a large number of car air-fresheners hanging from the ceiling. This is a reference to the bedroom from Se7en that contains a comatose drug-addict, the air-fresheners being used by the film's serial killer to mask the body's odor.
Bones: The Past in the Present (2012) (TV Episode)
listed as one of Pelant's Pay Per View movies
Jane by Design: The Celebrity (2012) (TV Episode)
Rita mentions that she and Ben watched it on their seven week anniversary.
Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012)
Photograph is shown.
The Sinners (2012)
Screening in the movie theater scene
NeoParadise: Sorry Tom Hanks/Fiction für die Hälfte/Szenedrogen-Dingsda/AsozialTV (2012) (TV Episode)
end sequence of Se7en was re-enacted
Ray Donovan: New Birthday (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Skin in the Game (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Finlay.
Face Off: Trick or Treat (2013) (TV Episode)
"What's in the box? What's in the box?"
The Cinema Snob: Basket Case (2013) (TV Episode)
Snob alludes to it.
Harmontown (2014)
Harmon compares himself to the villain in "Seven"
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: Drag Queens of Comedy (2014) (TV Episode)
Darienne Lake quotes, "what's in the box?" when they're discussing opening the big, pink, furry box.
Sludd (2014) (Short)
The lust victim is referenced
Brickleberry: Obamascare (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Face Off: Scared Silly (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Saw poster
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 3 October 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
title mentioned in discussion of mystery/thrillers
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (2014) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #5.25 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Workaholics: Ditch Day (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Todd's Pop Song Reviews: "Jealous" by Nick Jonas (2015) (TV Episode)
Promo art for this film is shown.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
After Ultron kills one of his victims he has the word Peace written in blood on the wall
Scream: The TV Series: Aftermath (2015) (TV Episode)
Noah cites Kevin Spacey's apartment as one of the great killer lairs relating to the killer's psychosis.
Book of the Senseless (2015) (Short)
A reference is hidden in the Book of the Senseless.


Doggone Tired (1949) (Short)
Seen during chase scene.

Featured in 

The Siskel & Ebert Interviews (1995) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown of various Brad Pitt movies, including this one.
The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.3 (1996) (TV Episode)
Clip shown and discussed by Adam and Joe ("How do you live next door to a serial killer?").
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
The kids watch this film at the cinema.
I Love the '90s: Part Deux: 1995 (2005) (TV Episode)
Footage from this is featured.
The House That Freddy Built (2006) (Video)
Clips featured.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009) (TV Episode)
The #4 Movie With Numbers For Names
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)
It is mentioned and discussed. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Pauw & Witteman: Episode #4.90 (2010) (TV Episode)
A fragment featuring Morgan Freeman is shown.
Tosh.0: American Idol Girls (2010) (TV Episode)
A short clip is shown
The Daily Show: Ben Lowy (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Thrillers (2013) (TV Episode)
Renegade Cut: Seven (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed

Spoofed in 

The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.2 (1996) (TV Episode)
Spoof reenacted with soft toys.
1996 MTV Movie Awards (1996) (TV Special)
Spoofed by William Shatner (playing each part)
Film Club (2000) (Short)
The "Film Club" trailer advertises is as coming "from the director 'EI8HT.'"
The Mexican (2001)
Full Frontal (2002)
David Fincher is seen insisting on 49 takes of one line, a gimmick from this movie.
Terkel in Trouble (2004)
Similar opening credits
Robot Chicken: Atta Toy (2005) (TV Episode)
The Smurfs are being killed according to the Seven Deadly Sins.
How It Should Have Ended: How Seven Should Have Ended (2005) (TV Episode)
Alternate ending parody
Criminal Minds: The Fisher King: Part 1 (2006) (TV Episode)
Gideon receives a head in a box, the BAU gets a suspect that they find dead in bed in his apartment (like the sloth victim in Se7en), words are written in blood, and the killer "plays games" with law enforcement.
Screen Wars: Episode #2.1 (2007) (TV Episode)
The opening segment of this episode spoofed Seven
How I Met Your Mother: The Window (2009) (TV Episode)
Robin imitates Brad Pitt's "What's in the Box?".
Tosh.0: American Idol Girls (2010) (TV Episode)
The infamous box scene is spoofed
Se7en. Los 7 pecados capitales de provincia (2011) (TV Movie)
Several scenes spoofed.

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