"7E" is the name of the directorial debut from Teddy Schenck. It also refers to the apartment number in the film where most of the action in this confusing thriller takes place. Even a second viewing of "7E" didn’t help clarify the many questions that came up while watching this odd mystery.
Brendon Sexton III stars as Clyde, a young man who’s called on to take the odd job of caring for his recently traumatized cousin Kate. Her roommate recently died under mysterious circumstances, and Kate is fragile, sleeping all day and taking pills to ease the pain.
As the film progresses, the apartment of 7E takes on a life of its own and events are flashed back to piece together the puzzle. In the interim, two other residents of the apartment building come into play, but don’t add much to an already obtuse story.
Buzz around the independent film industry is that "7E" is reminiscent of the 1968 classic "Rosemary’s Baby." The apartment number of 7E is the same as that of Rosemary Woodhouse in that devilish thriller, plus there are odd people residing in the apartment complex. But the comparisons stop there, and "7E" is unfortunately a dull feature film. The mere 78 minutes could have been padded out to explain a lot more details.
What’s even more frustrating is the lack of any DVD special features, save for the theatrical trailer. Some interviews or a behind-the-scenes feature would have helped in deciphering this mostly confusing film.