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The Seventh Victim is the story of Mary Gibson (Kim Hunter), a young woman who leaves her school in search of her older sister, Jacqueline (Jean Brooks). Jackie had raised Mary, and now Jackie has disappeared in New York City. She had owned a hair salon but seems to have sold it to her partner, an older woman named Mrs. Redi. Mary talks to Mrs. Redi but gets no information. She tracks down a room Jackie rented above a small Italian restaurant and discovers a noose hanging there. A seedy private investigator says he'll help Mary. After they break into the deserted salon in the middle of the night, all the detective finds is a knife thrust into his stomach. Mary meets a lawyer who lies about his relationship with Jackie, then a psychiatrist who appears to be playing all sides of the problem; then a young poet who finds a new love of writing after meeting Mary.
But then Mary learns of a group of people in Greenwich Village who are...yes, devil worshipers. Can things get worse for Mary? Who among the people she's met genuinely want to help her and who might be members of the coven? Is Jackie a member of the coven...is she a murderer...does she love death? Can group hope cause a suicide? Does the quote we read at the beginning of the movie by John Donne -- "I runne to death, and death meets me as fast, and all my pleasures are like yesterday" -- apply to Mary or to Jackie?Read more ›
I wish I had bought this DVD first, because the Shadows of the Dark documentary gave the background necessary to fully appreciate Isle of the Dead, as well as Lewton's other movies. The commentary includes insightful remarks by Val Lewton's son, as well as modern horror masters like Guillermo del Toro, William Friedkin, Kim Newman, Neil Gaiman, and Robert Wise.
The Seventh Victim doesn't always make narrative sense, but that's not why we watch Lewton's movies. They're mesmerizing, not just because of the tension, the fear that's instilled in us, but because they happen in our world. Like one of the commentators said, Lewton doesn't take us to another universe. The characters live in our reality, and what happens to them could happen to us.
I highly recommend this, as well as the other double-DVD sets.
"He calleth all his children by name"
"I runne to death, and death meets me as fast, and all my pleasures are like yesterday" ("Holy Sonnet" VII Jonne Donne.)
Mary Gibson (Kim Hunter) is called to the office of here boarding school. There she is confronted with the fact that her sister is missing; the person who tells this is Mrs. Lowood (Ottola Nesmith) the person who runs the school. Now where have we heard the name Lowood before?
As you have already guessed Mary fearing something is afoot, is compelled to locate her sister Jacqueline (Jean Brooks). On her quest she meets various characters, all wanting to help her. We must guess whether they are good guys or have nefarious motives. One such character is Doctor Louis Judd (Tom Conway same name and similar character used in "Cat People").
Will Mary find her sister?
On the way will Mary find true love, at what cost?
Why the seventh victim, who were the other six?
Yes I know this is a Val Lewton production and if it is his best or worst, this film has his signature of being more psychological than supernatural. That is why this film is more than just a who-done-it.
"Shadows in the Dark"
This is more of a Val Lewton biography with more emphasis on his producer years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I consider 7th Victim to be Lewtons most effective effort, the darkness, the hangmans knot, the crummy detective slowly walking from the shadows with a knife in him, an almost... Read morePublished 7 months ago by dadaloco
Great combo. "7th Victim" is like an early "Rosemary's Baby" with strong elements of Film Noir, while "Shadows" is another fine -if short- look at Val... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rick Drais
I usually enjoy B movies have have great stories. These two stories are nothing to write home about.Published 17 months ago by Page Turner, III
I avoid ANY & ALL movies about satanism & devil worshipping like the plague so I was surprised that I watched this movie at all but it was on soooo..... Read morePublished 17 months ago by brody manson
I bought this because I had already purchased THE CAT PEOPLE several years ago and was curious about Val Lewton's other opus of film. he was considered a master of B horror cinema. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Alan W. Armes
Not bad older films but a little slow for me and not as good as the cat people but worthwhile for your Val Lewton collection.Published on November 20, 2013 by Jerry G