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.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

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

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

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The frame itself becomes an exotic carnivorous flower about to swallow the spectator.

Aug 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Oct 20, 2012 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Endlessly gripping and endlessly fascinating.

Apr 15, 2011 | Full Review…

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

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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...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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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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A young girl searches New York for her elder sister, who has fallen in with a group of devil-worshippers. This isn't top-notch Val Lewton but it's still pretty great. I think there are more scenes and more characters than the typically slender running time can adequately sustain. Consequently, although there are some lovely atmospheric touches, they tend to be rather fleeting; I would have liked to have savoured them a little while longer. The softly spoken intimidation of Kim Hunter in the shower is wonderfully sinister, in its own quiet way every bit as good as Hitchcock's famous and flashy shower scene in Psycho. A very sweet Kim Hunter makes her screen début and Jean Brooks sports one of the most striking hairstyles in B-movie history. Due in no small part to the wistful presence of Brooks, The Seventh Victim is a strange, surprisingly depressing little movie; probably not a good one to watch if you're feeling down in the dumps.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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