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The Seventh Victim

The Seventh Victim (1943)

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Producer Val Lewton once more utilized leftover Magnificent Ambersons sets for his psychological horror piece The Seventh Victim. Kim Hunter arrives in New York's Greenwich Village in search of her errant sister Jean Brooks. Gradually, the naive Hunter is drawn into a strange netherworld of Satan worshippers. The story is a bit too complex for its own good (especially with only a 71-minute running time to play with), but editor-turned-director Mark Robson and screenwriters Dewitt Bodeen and

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Drama, Horror, Classics

DeWitt Bodeen, Charles O'Neal

Oct 4, 2005

RKO Radio Pictures

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Even the occasional good performance can't offset this minor dualer.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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What other movie opens with Satanism in Greenwich Village, twists into urban paranoia, and climaxes with a suicide?

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is the greatest of producer Val Lewton's justly celebrated low-budget chillers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Sweeps from beginning to end in a single clean, unhurried but unflagging, rush of narrative.

October 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Endlessly gripping and endlessly fascinating.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Astonishing

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

the gauziest, maybe the most influential, surely the most underestimated, Lewton production.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Perhaps producer Val Lewton's most personal film, and certainly one of his greatest.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It is clear that the film was designed to appeal to an intelligent film-going crowd out for a thrill as well as those just looking to get the bejeezus scared out of them.

October 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It's a very well-made psychological thriller (before such a term even existed) filled with good performances.

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Creepy classic horror

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There was also an eerie shower scene that predates Psycho's.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Seventh Victim

a brilliant dark mystery from producer val lewton, this was director mark robson's first film. it's a rather obvious inspiration for rosemary's baby with a shower scene that looks awfully familiar as well. with a nihilistic tone and a shocking final scene, it's a wonder this film ever got made in hollywood. one of the great unseen thrillers from the golden age, starring beaver cleaver's dad and zora from planet of the apes!
May 27, 2011
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The 7th Victim doesn't sound like much on paper but viewing it is an entirely different matter. It's a precursor to Rosemary's Baby, The Third Man and has has a shower scene that... well, just see it for yourself. One of Val Lewton's more impressive accomplishments. The 7th Victim also has a great cast that compliments is eerie photography very well. It gets its point across in its 71-minute running time but oddly leaves you wanting just a little bit more. It also serves as proof that Lewton never really got his due, but was way ahead of his time...
October 14, 2010
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

This movie is predictable and unscary, but there are some good scenes too. This movie's not bad, but it's not good either.
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

This is a dark physiological thriller ahead of its time. Underline message; Sometimes it?s better to be dead! God bless you Val Lewton! This is a film not to be missed! The scene with the chair and the noose is as chilling as anything in contemporary film. As with all Lewton films, it?s what you don't see that scares you!
October 1, 2009
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