Phase 7

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Phase 7
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Fase 7
Directed by Nicolás Goldbart
Produced by Sebastian Aloi
Written by Nicolás Goldbart
Starring Daniel Hendler
Jazmín Stuart
Yayo Guridi
Federico Luppi
Carlos Bermejo
Abian Vainstein
Music by Guillermo Guareschi
Cinematography Lucio Bonelli
Edited by Pablo Barbieri Carrera
Nicolás Goldbart
Aeroplano Cine
Release date(s)
  • 10 October 2010 (2010-10-10) (SFF)
  • 3 March 2011 (2011-03-03) (Argentina)
Running time 95 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish
Box office $158,421 (Argentina)[1]

Phase 7 (also known as Fase 7) is a 2010 Argentine science fiction film written and directed by Nicolas Goldbart and starring Daniel Hendler, Jazmín Stuart and Federico Luppi.


Coco and his pregnant wife Pipi move into a Buenos Aires apartment complex. As they bicker and shop for food at the local market, they fail to notice the increasingly panicked crowds around them. When they return to their apartment, it is quarantined by the government. Coco, too apathetic to care about the imminent threat posed by a pandemic, attempts to sleep through the disaster, but he becomes annoyed by the loss of Internet and television access.

His neighbor Horatio, a paranoid survivalist who has converted his apartment into a bunker, attempts to recruit Coco as an ally against other tenants. With Coco's help, Horatio sets traps throughout the upper floors of the apartment building, which Coco accidentally sets off several times. Still unconvinced of the threat of the situation, Coco halfheartedly submits to Horatio demands that he wear a hazmat suit, carry a pistol, and watch a conspiracy video that posits the pandemic is a plot by the New World Order.

Zanutto, an elderly man, who is accused of being sick by other tennants and seen as a weak target in which the other tenants can steal from ends up killing those who came to harm him with a double barrel shotgun he was armed with because he was an avid hunter in his youth. After dispatching the tenants who came to harm him Zanutto becomes paranoid that every tennant is after him, which leads to him coming after the remaining tennants. Horatio convinces Coco to leave Pipi and help him confront Zanutto, but Coco manages to be an inept ally. After a tense shootout with Zanutto in which Horatio is cut during a knife fight with Zanutto in which Haratio wins by stabbing Zanutto in the back who then asks Coco to watch his dog before he crawls into his own car and dies from the knife in the back. Horatio, whom becomes sick due to the knife cut and in such close contact from an actual sick Zanutto, requests that Coco take care of his daughter. Coco's refusal enrages Horatio, who sees that Coco was just using him as a "free ride" this entire time which he stabs Coco in the leg in an attempt to get Coco to shoot him and kill him before he becomes sick and passes away from the disease.

Coco flees from Haratio and before Haratio can kill him the father of the Chinese family that everybody believed was not in the apartment complex shoots Haratio in the neck, the bullet going through his throat and out the back. Haratio collapses and bleeds to death in the stair well. A smile on his face because somebody killed him the way he wanted to die.

Coco and the remaining survivors of the complex use Haratio's up-armored vehicle to make their way to Haratio's hide out in the mountains in which he informed Coco about when he told Coco to take care of his daughter.



Phase 7 premiered at Sitges Film Festival on 10 October 2010.[2] It was released theatrically in Argentina 3 March 2011, where it grossed $158,421.[1] The U.S. premiere was at SXSW in March 2011, after which it received a limited theatrical release in July.[3] It was released on DVD on 4 October 2011.[4]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 71% of seven surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.1/10.[5] Rob Nelson of Variety wrote that the film "lacks sufficient satiric energy to distinguish itself from countless other entries in the self-parodic, bio-apocalyptic subgenre."[6] George Lang of The Oklahoman wrote, "Phase 7 does not redefine its genre, but it provides a goofy counterpoint to Stephen King's The Stand, showing that the slack and incompetent could inherit the Earth."[7] Peter Keough of The Phoenix rated it 3/4 stars and wrote that the film, though derivative, "distinguishes itself by its suffocating setting, its low-affect tone, and its cast of flaky characters."[8] Chris Hewitt of the St. Paul Pioneer Press praised Federico Luppi's acting but said that the film is "just not scary."[9] Peter Martin of Twitch Film called it "a very dry parody with a relatively modest pay-off".[10] Bill Gibron of Pop Matters rated it 7/10 stars and wrote, "Before it blunders its way through the ending, Phase 7 is a very smart and very clever film. Once it's over, the inherent issues become more and more obvious."[11] Josh Rode of DVD Verdict called it "a lightly amusing yet violent study of humankind's baser nature."[12]


Goldbart won best screenplay at Sitges.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Fase 7". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Phase 7". Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  3. ^ Miska, Brad (2011-06-20). "Bloody Disgusting Selects: 'Phase 7' Hits Theaters July 13". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  4. ^ Barton, Steve (2011-09-20). "Phase 7 Comes Home to DVD". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Phase 7 (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Rob (2011-07-06). "Review: 'Phase 7'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  7. ^ Lang, George (2011-07-15). "Movie review: Phase 7". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  8. ^ Keough, Peter (2011-07-12). "Review: Phase 7". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  9. ^ Hewitt, Chris (2011-07-13). "'Phase 7' review: The real horror? It's just not scary". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  10. ^ Martin, Peter (2011-07-13). "PHASE 7 Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  11. ^ Gibron, Bill (2011-07-08). "Survival of the Wittiest: 'Phase 7'". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  12. ^ Rode, Josh (2011-11-11). "Phase 7". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  13. ^ Mayorga, Emiliio (2010-10-18). "Sitges celebrates ‘Christmas,’ ‘Rubber’". Variety. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 

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