scenes are taken from this film
a poster of this film in Mills' apartment
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.
Tracy calls David Serpico.
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.
Detective Mills mentions that just because he read some books, John Doe is not Yoda
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.
The music score is direct reference to Cape Fear (when the detectives go to arrest Victor (Sin of Sloth)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Title referenced during The Joe Pesci Show
Lisa's response to Joe's test booklet
Dennis mentions this film to Morgan Freeman and asks him "Was that the best head you've ever been given?"
Adam was acting "Seven" out in charades, and Simon guessed it.
Mentioned as one of the year's best films.
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.
"Name the seven deadly sins. Come on, you saw that Brad Pitt movie"
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).
Mention by name
One of the game's levels contains a faithful recreation of the Sloth scene, complete with myriads of air freshners hanging from the ceiling.
Specifically mentioned by Alex Cox (also shows poster and a still image)
Servo: This is worse than Se7en!
Mentioned in opening scene.
A copy of the video is seen
Referenced by name
A video of Seven is in the video store getting erased
The dead priest isn't really dead, a reference to a similar scene in Se7en.
Tony says he watched it
Popi rents this film on tape
Reese rented it
Dag threatens Camilla's date by saying, "Remember that movie Seven? Well, I'm writing one called Eight."
prevision sequences / title sequence
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.
A severed head in a box.
The opening titles sequence of Paanch is an homage to Se7en
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Leland Orser talks about his role in Se7en
A poster for it is in the theatre that the kids go to in 1995
referenced when the policeman search for indices in the libary like in Se7en
You can see this movie in Robert Englunds DVD collection
Hundreds of Air Fresheners are seen hanging from the ceiling in one of the rooms in "The Meat King's Party" level.
mentioned a few times
Characters reference the film by name in dialogue.
serial killer with biblical motives, optical parallels , killer plays a game with the cop, dissimilar cop-duo
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.
mentioned in dialogue
There is a film poster hanging on the wall of the police station.
Robert's notebooks are similar to those used by John Doe.
Repeatedly referenced in dialogue
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.
a character is said to have seen this film
Referenced by name
number (used as a letter) inside the same number spelled out/similar plot
Mentioned in Elevator sketch
Seen on the shelf in the DVD store
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.
Movie is mentioned and discussed
Dean Winchester: What's in the box! Brad Pitt, Se7en, no?
Mentioned several times as being influenced by Blade Runner
It is listed as one of the "sweded" movies.
Turk and Rooster kicking in the door in MIB is exactly like Mills kicking the door in Se7en.
Tony claims the murderer has ripped off the ending of Seven.
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.
When using Gel-arshie on the lava pit in the Halfathalon, he says the movie's line, "What's in the box?"
Opening credit sequence is similar in style and music to the opening credit sequence in Se7en, including shots of hands, writings and razor blades.
Turntable plays record instantly
Mentioned by Tosh
mentioned by Robin
The Origami Killer wears a black fedora and long, black trenchcoat that conceals his face like the one John Doe wears.
Contestant mentions the film while recalling an encounter with Kevin Spacey
Poster is shown.
DVD cover shown.
talking about psycho characters
Lassiter comments that the cardboard box left in the open field for Shawn to find is "such a blatant rip-off of 'Se7en.'"
Bonzo says, "It was like that scene from 'Seven.'"
finding a head in the box and referring to it as John Doe, as in the antagonist in Se7en
McBride mentions it to Boyle.
Poster in Jim's cell
Abby gets a note from her ex-husband saying "P.S. I was electrocuted again, while watching Se7en."
mentioned by Robin
a "camp counselor" is compared to Kevin Spacey
Ignatiy mentions that David Fincher directed the film
A still image is shown
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.
listed as one of Pelant's Pay Per View movies
Rita mentions that she and Ben watched it on their seven week anniversary.
Photograph is shown.
Screening in the movie theater scene
end sequence of Se7en was re-enacted
Mentioned in dialogue
"What's in the box? What's in the box?"
The lust victim is referenced
Seen during chase scene.
Clips are shown of various Brad Pitt movies, including this one.
Clip shown and discussed by Adam and Joe ("How do you live next door to a serial killer?").
Clips are shown.
The kids watch this film at the cinema.
Footage from this is featured.
The #4 Movie With Numbers For Names
It is mentioned and discussed. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
A short clip is shown
Spoof reenacted with soft toys.
Spoofed by William Shatner (playing each part)
The "Film Club" trailer advertises is as coming "from the director 'EI8HT.'"
David Fincher is seen insisting on 49 takes of one line, a gimmick from this movie.
Similar opening credits
The Smurfs are being killed according to the Seven Deadly Sins.
Alternate ending parody
The opening segment of this episode spoofed Seven
Robin imitates Brad Pitt's "What's in the Box?".
The infamous box scene is spoofed
Several scenes spoofed.