*I saw someone else use the backward arrow in their title, and I realized I should have done that for my previous vectors (Simulacra and Simulation and Ghost in the Shell), since they both pre-dated The Matrix.
David Fincher’s 1995 thriller Seven (or Se7en) draws heavily from Dante’s Inferno, as someone else already pointed out, but it also makes numerous uses of elements from and makes several references to the Bible. First and foremost, the film’s central story, which follows a rookie and veteran police officer as they investigate a slew of bizarre and grisly murders, establishes the Bible as an obvious inspiration. The murders being investigated in Fincher’s film are all modeled after what are commonly referred to as the “seven deadly sins”, which are also mentioned in Dante.
The most recognizable source of these can be found in the Bible in Proverbs 6:16-19, wherein it is stated that there are “Six things the Lord hates, Seven are an abomination to Him: A haughty bearing, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A mind that hatches evil plots, Feet quick to run to evil, A false witness testifying lies, And one who incites brothers to quarrel” (this is from an edition of the Hebrew Bible, but the translation is roughly the same in the Christian version). From this, we get the list of pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth. These are all referenced in the manner in which the killer in Seven murders his victims, such as force-feeding an obese man until death as punishment for his “gluttony”.
Alright, now about two-thirds of all fiction is fair to use for this map. Game on.