Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Seventh Victim

The Seventh Victim is a 1943 Val Lewton horror film starring Tom Conway, Kim Hunter (in her first film), Hugh Beaumont and Isabel Jewell. I like this one.

opening quote:
I runne to death, and death meets me as fast,
And all my pleasures are like yesterday (Jonne Donne)

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Moria says,
The Seventh Victim is one Lewton film that has been acclaimed whenever it has been seen. And it was influential – its effect on Rosemary’s Baby (1968) is unmistakeable. Its relative obscurity can perhaps be attributed to its taking up an audacious topic like Satanism during a time of strong censorship.

1000 Misspent Hours says,
The greatness of this movie lies mainly in that it manages to make the Satanists seem threatening without making them demonstratively evil or putting any obviously legitimate infernal power into their hands. It’s a difficult trick, and the filmmakers execute it beautifully.

Weird Wild Realm calls it "a marvelous horror noir".

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