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KIM HUNTER IN VAL LEWTON'S HORROR NOIR 'THE SEVENTH VICTIM'

Title: THE SEVENTH VICTIM Year: 1943 Rating: ****

Following producer Val Lewton's exploitation horrors CAT PEOPLE, THE LEOPARD MAN and I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE directed by Jacques Tourneur, where the titles alone helped fill theaters, THE SEVENTH VICTIM, directed by another Lewton stock auteur, Mark Robson, is the most ambiguous, enigmatic, making very little money...

And unlike a straight mystery, what's buried in the investigative plot-line is revealed halfway through after young Kim Hunter trades her cold yet cozy girl's school education for the big city, searching for her older sister, the highly-regarded owner of a lucrative cosmetics company, who suddenly vanished...

Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM

Providing that Film Noir device of handed-off locations with last names spouted into a deliberately convoluted maze, in this case involving a Satanic cult that ironically consists of sophisticated intellectuals....

Meanwhile when sis turns up... miraculously alive yet stone cold, hypnotic... the trail leading to her whereabouts (ranging from a dangerous subway station to an affable restaurant-hangout) seemed an impossible task, providing a similarly cursed and haunted, purgatory vibe from Lewton's aforementioned ZOMBIE but in an urban setting...

Jean Brooks in THE SEVENTH VICTIM

Replete with familiar faces including Hugh Beaumont as the too-perfect fiance of that plot-important sibling, played against type by LEOPARD MAN nice girl Jean Brooks, broodingly bathed in a Gothic mystique with long, straight, raven-black hair... and her expository romance with Beaumont gets predictably handed off to Hunter, much better suited to offbeat yet helpful poet Erford Gage... 

Summing up the problem with THE SEVENTH VICTIM, a bleak horror thriller that, while morosely ahead of its time, can't completely shake the B&W mainstream melodrama style — and yet with the help of CAT PEOPLE psychologist Tom Conway and the best sequence involving a spooked gumshoe, the darkness ultimately triumphs.

Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM with Lou Lubin
Jean Brooks in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Jean Brooks in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Erford Gage in THE SEVENTH VICTIM with Tom Conway
Jean Brooks in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Elizabeth Russell from CAT PEOPLE in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Jean Brooks in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM with Erford Gage
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM with Jean Brooks
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM with Lou Lubin
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM with Dewey Martin
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Hugh Beaumont in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Tom Conway in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Jean Brooks in THE SEVENTH VICTIM
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Kim Hunter in THE SEVENTH VICTIM

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