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 Charles O'Neal keep the thrills and shudders coming at a satisfying pace. Lewton regular Tom Conway offers his usual polished performance, while veteran character actresses Isabel Jewell and Evelyn Brent look appropriately gaunt and possessed in the "cult" sequences.
Classics , Drama , Horror
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Kim Hunter
as Mary Gibson
Jean Brooks
as Jacqueline Gibson
Tom Conway
as Dr. Louis Judd
Hugh Beaumont
as Gregory Ward
Erford Gage
as Jason Hoag
Isabel Jewell
as Frances Fallon
Chef Joseph Milani
as Mr. Romari
Marguerita Sylva
as Mrs. Romari
Marguerite Sylva
as Mrs. Romari
Evelyn Brent
as Natalie Cortez
Mary Newton
as Mrs. Redi
Jamesson Shade
as Swenson
Eve March
as Mrs. Gilchrist
Ottola Nesmith
as Mrs. Lowood
Edythe Elliott
as Mrs. Swift
Milton Kibbee
as Joseph
Marianne Mosner
as Miss Rowan
Joan Barclay
as Gladys
Barbara Hale
as Young Lover
Lou Lubin
as Irving August
Lloyd Ingraham
as Watchman
Dewey Robinson
as Conductor
Ann Summers
as Miss Summers
Tiny Jones
as News Vendor
Milt Kibbee
as Joseph
Adia Kuznetzoff
as Ballet Dancer
Sarah Selby
as Miss Gottschalk
Betty Roadman
as Mrs. Wheeler
Lorna Dunn
as Mother
Ben Bard
as Mr. Brun
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Top Critic

What other movie opens with Satanism in Greenwich Village, twists into urban paranoia, and climaxes with a suicide?

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is the greatest of producer Val Lewton's justly celebrated low-budget chillers.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sweeps from beginning to end in a single clean, unhurried but unflagging, rush of narrative.

Full Review… | October 20, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Endlessly gripping and endlessly fascinating.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Combustible Celluloid


Full Review… | April 1, 2010

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!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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