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Vanishing On 7th Street (2011)



Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 8

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From director Brad Anderson (Session 9, Transsiberian, The Machinist) comes VANISHING ON 7TH STREET, a terrifying, apocalyptic thriller that taps into one of humankind's most primal anxieties: fear of the dark. An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain-surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen,


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May 17, 2011


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Prediction: Vanishing on 7th St. will vanish from theaters very quickly.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Brad Anderson's supernatural thriller is stacked to keep us guessing. Initially, this makes it watchably atmospheric. But the inconclusive hints lead to the sense that he's withholding too much.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Anderson spends most of his energy creating a mood - making "Vanishing" more cerebral than white-knuckle, though a few more shrieks (mine) might have been nice.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This is The Twilight Zone as written by Jean Paul Sartre. What audacity! What vision! And, alas, what a failure.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Anderson does a lot with very little - a wavering light, a patch of darkness - and Jaswinski's script tries to break up the stage-bound monotony with a few well-timed (if not particularly informative) flashbacks.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Brad Anderson's creepily effective low-budget thriller may not have a punch line worthy of your typical "Twilight Zone" episode, but it otherwise gets the job done in under an hour and a half with a good cast.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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An enjoyable low-budget horror flick, Vanishing on 7th Street has all the thrills and chills you could hope for from a film like this.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The film has a few eerie chills, but they're chills in anticipation of a payoff. There is no payoff.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

The film borrows from too many sources, and almost always comes up short, lacking depth, character or reason.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

it's to Anderson's credit that despite a slight script, this film keeps you on your toes almost right to the end.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: The National
The National

A creepy, high quality B movie

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Clothes minus their bodies are strewn around a darkened world in a bizarre wardrobe malfunction, and kind of the opposite of airport body scanning. Though why none of these highly resourceful characters thought night vision goggles, is anybody's guess.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Purple Revolver | Comment (1)

The thrill goes out of writer Anthony Jaswinski's Twilight Zone-style story long before the closing credits.

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It doesn't really progress beyond what happens in the first forty minutes.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

Probably it would have made a much better "Twilight Zone" episode at one-third of the length, but there's enough good, solid genre work here to make it worthwhile.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Vanishing on 7th Street feels like a classic in the making until we get to know the main characters.

February 21, 2011 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

It's a stylish thriller that falls apart under any serious scrutiny, the lack of explanation equally frustrating and compelling at the same time

February 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Comment (1)
Dark Horizons

A slight yet haunting thriller that replaces easy answers with the pervasive sense of unknowable, evil forces at work.

February 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Comment (1)
Film School Rejects

The promise of its opening wears off as the film wears on.

February 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

'I exist!' is the clarion call of the characters in Vanishing on 7th Street, just before they're vanquished into a deadly netherworld of shadows. After you've seen this tedious thriller you may wish the film didn't exist at all.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Those streets full of empty clothes hold a special kind of terror. More's the pity that the film can't do anything with them.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Vanishing On 7th Street

Hearing mixed things about Vanishing on 7th street, I didn't expect much from this film, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself enjoying more than I should, and though the film has its fair share of flaws, still manages to be a worthwhile horror film to watch if you have nothing else to watch. Brad Anderson's taut direction keeps you engaged, and there are quite a few tense moments throughout. Now, Vanishing on 7th Street isn't great cinema, but it's a fun picture to watch to kill time. This is worth a watch if you enjoy mindless entertainment and if you don't mind a film with an average story. I was surprised that the film was quite good, and despite a few areas in the film that's weak, the film manages to be a fun, entertaining film that is far better than you might think. Vanishing on 7th Street is not a great movie, but it's far better than many other genre films. The film does have a few areas where it could have been improved upon, most notably dialogue, which at times makes you cringe. However, the idea behind the film is interesting, and it makes for a worthwhile viewing. Even with its flaws, the film is a fun popcorn horror thriller that keeps you guessing, and leaves a lot to the imagination to keep you guessing of what is really going on. Sure the performances are questionable, but the essence of the film is what keeps you involved. With good direction, and interesting story and average performance, Vanishing on 7th Street is a taut, thrilling horror yarn that is underrated. This film won't be a genre classic by any means, but it's one that deserves to be seen by diehard fans of the genre, even with its flaws, it still is far better than other recent horror films. Give this one a shot, it's pretty good for what it tries to accomplish, but at the same time, it leaves a bit to be desired and it never realizes its potential, which I think it's a shame because this film really could have stood out, but as it is, it's an underrated horror film that is an entertaining guessing game from state to finish.
April 30, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I guess we now know where the so-so-but-still-entertaining 2011 movie "Into the Darkness" got it's premise: Brad Anderson's obscure "Vanishing on 7th Street." Anderson's other endeavors "The Machinist" (Hey, Christine Bale can get really skinny!), Session 9 (yes, abandoned mental health institutions are very creepy!) and TransSiberian (don't trust the suave Spanish guy or the Russians!) are all pretty good. And the premise of this flick is also decent. BUT ... SPOILER ALERT, and, CAVEAT! If you haven't seen the movie, watch it before you read my review. And if you have never seen the classic "Ghost" or don't know what "The Rapture" is, you'll probably really enjoy this flick. If this applies to you, go here for a good review:

The premise starts out promising. Nearly everybody disappears at one point leaving just their clothes behind. The "survivors" need to stay in the light which continues to dwindle as the movie progresses (batteries don't last that long, "daytime" gets shorter and shorter).

Then, it get's very derivative. The ominous shadows which constantly encroach the antagonists sometimes appear as human figures. Anderson clearly saw the classic movie "Ghost," and the "shadow-monsters" have the same look-and-feel and ominous groans as "Ghost's" shadow-monsters had as they dragged the bad guys to hell. Then Thandie Newton's character starts praying and the shadow monsters retreat. People disappear and leave their clothes behind and that doesn't ring a "religious" bell? If you don't remember "The Rapture," it was an evangelistic (and absurd) belief that God will whisk the virtuous to heaven wherever they may be while leaving the rest of the planet to rot in hell. Well, I guess most of the planet is virtuous given that the majority of people get "beamed up" leaving their clothes behind, and a handful of folks are left to fight off the shadow-monsters. And if you are still unconvinced, why was the only survivor a kid who curled up in a church and the only other person left was a little girl (the new "Adam and Eve" to populate the planet). And they road off into the sunset, I mean, "shadows," together.
May 25, 2013
Mark B.

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