When her older sister Jacqueline disappears, Mary Gibson is forced to leave her private school and decides to travel to New York City to look for her. A bit naive and out of her depth, she is not quite sure how to go about finding her. Eventually she meets Gregory Ward, her sister's husband and a mysterious psychiatrist, Dr. Louis Judd who claims to know of Jacqueline's whereabouts. What she doesn't realize is that her sister became involved with devil worshipers who now want to eliminate her for having revealed their existence. Written by
Did You Know?
The original story for the film (outlined by DeWitt Bodeen
) was to be about an orphaned heroine caught in a web of murder against a background of the Signal Hills oil wells. If she didn't find out the killer's identity in time, she would become his seventh victim. Producer Val Lewton
wanted the story to go in a different direction and called in a second writer to help reshape it. See more
The opening text reads: "I run from death, and death meets me as fast, And all my pleasures are like yesterday." The movie attributes the quote to John Donne
's Holy Sonnet #7. But it is actually from Holy Sonnet #1. See more
Doctor Louis Judd
I'm sorry, I don't practice anymore. I find it easier to write about mental illness and leave the cure to others.