In Se7en, John Doe possessed a number of spine-tingling notebooks which were personal diaries that recorded his own dark thoughts. The notebooks are evidence of how much Doe enjoys seeing other people in emotional or physical pain, but they’re also indicative of sexually sadistic thoughts thanks to the array of disturbing images where people are half-naked or in certain positions.
Well, these creepy notebooks were all real thanks to the efforts of the production team! In the DVD commentary, the calligrapher shares how painful it became writing all of the works, and how the little details throughout the notebook were tribute to Doe’s methodicalness; take for example how neat each corner of the taped photographs were, and the annotations throughout. What’s even scarier though is that the calligrapher apparently sourced a real suicide letter and put it into the notebook, with the letter showing tear stains and misspellings, from someone who was clearly in a state of distress.