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The Seventh Victim


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  • Undeniably haunting - but mostly because the actual plot is so desultory, featuring about as much Devil-worship as even B-movie America could stand in the early 40s (not much), so one leaves with a sense of subterranean currents gnawing at a central nothingness. The ending, on paper, is devastating, but it seems to come from a different movie.

  • It's my favorite horror film. Some people might argue that it isn't a horror film because nothing even bordering on the supernatural occurs. Yet it's pervaded by a palpable sense of dread, menace, and doom, and its believability only makes this more frightening.

  • Even amidst these opaque tales of terror, The Seventh Victim is extraordinary. Unlike the others, it has no tangible supernatural element. Its horror comes not exactly from fear of death, but rather from a deep communion with death. It’s unutterably haunting for being so intangible, and all the more amazing for the way it gently palpates the darkest corners of human experience.

  • Not the most popular or famous of Val Lewton’s epochal series of low-budget horror films made for RKO Studios, The Seventh Victim is the deepest, the most original, perhaps the darkest, a film that tends to weave a powerful spell on those who tune into its peculiar wavelength.

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