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The Seventh Victim

  • Film

Time Out says

What other movie opens with Satanism in Greenwich Village, twists into urban paranoia, and climaxes with a suicide? Val Lewton, Russian emigré workaholic, fantasist, was one of the mavericks of Forties' Hollywood, a man who produced (never directed) a group of intelligent and offbeat chillers for next-to-nothing at RKO. All bear his personal stamp: dime-store cinema transformed by 'literary' scripts, ingenious design, shadowy visuals, brooding melancholy, and a tight rein over the direction. The Seventh Victim is his masterpiece, a brooding melodrama built around a group of Satanists. The bizarre plot involves an orphan (Hunter) searching for her death-crazy sister (Brooks), but also carries a strong lesbian theme, and survives some uneven cameos; the whole thing is held together by a remarkably effective mix of menace and metaphysics - half noir, half Gothic.
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Release Details

  • Duration:71 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mark Robson
  • Screenwriter:Charles O'Neal, DeWitt Bodeen
  • Cast:
    • Erford Gage
    • Jean Brooks
    • Hugh Beaumont
    • Isabel Jewell
    • Elizabeth Russell
    • Ben Bard
    • Kim Hunter
    • Evelyn Brent
    • Tom Conway
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