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The Seventh Victim (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  21 August 1943 (USA)
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A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.

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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 garykmcd

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The character of Mimi, the dying prostitute, comes from the opera "La Bohème" by Giacomo Puccini. References such as this are common in Val Lewton's films. See more »

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When Jaqueline Gibson is running from a man who is following her, she backs against the wall in an alley near the Ivy Lane stage entrance and her nails are painted as she searches the wall beside her. In the next shot, when her hand suddenly finds the man's arm, her fingernails are unpainted. See more »

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Mrs. Bella Romari: Why can't everyone be happy like we are? Laugh and have a good time. That poor little one - so sad because she can't find her sister. And that man with her, he doesn't make her laugh - just sits and talk.
Jason Hoag, Poet: We are happy Mrs. Romari. You have everything, and I have nothing to lose.
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Moody, atmospheric and unsettling
5 July 1999 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

No surprise that Val Lewton was involved with The Seventh Victim, his fingerprints can be seen on every frame. Like Cat People and I Walked With A Zombie, the atmosphere oozes from the screen, although Tournier was not involved here. Young Kim Hunter tries to find her sister, only to find she has fallen into the clutches of a group of Satanists. Oddly, the Satanists are presented as a gentile bunch, no raving lunatics here, they all seem disturbingly sane. There are some magnificent images here. Hunter breaking into her sisters room to find nothing but a chair and a noose, a creepy shower scene that pre-dates Psycho and the extraordinary downbeat ending. A grim little chiller that remains unsettlingly plausible throughout.


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