The Seventh Victim – The Movie That Puts the “Cult” in “Occult” – Archival 35mm Print – Oct. 31 @ 7:30pm

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

Tuesday, October 31 @ 7:30 PM
THE SEVENTH VICTIM
Directed by Mark Robson • 1943
\Tasked with heading up RKO’s horror unit from 1942 to 1946, producer and screenwriter Val Lewton was responsible for one of the most extraordinary runs of films to ever come out of classic Hollywood. Given modest budgets, lurid titles, and a running-time cap of 75 minutes by his superiors, Lewton, along with up-and-coming directors Mark Robson, Jacques Tourneur, and Robert Wise, produced a string of bewitching, ethereal masterpieces and developed a house style defined by expressive shadows, pervasive melancholy, somnambulism, and ambient dread. One of Lewton’s crowning achievements, The Seventh Victim broke from horror conventions of its time and found darkness lurking not in the vampires and monsters of the old world but in good ol’ American sham psychoanalytics and success-centered occultism. Having lost contact with her sister Jacqueline (Jean Brooks, emanating fragility), Mary (Kim Hunter in her first screen role) comes to New York City to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding Jacqueline’s disappearance and encounters more foreboding darkened passageways and patrician figures of quiet menace than she could’ve possibly bargained for. Deeper, sadder, and more poetic than your typical satanic cult scare picture, The Seventh Victim does what precious few horror films do: preserves its abundant mysteries past its staggering finale. (CW)
71 min • RKO Radio Pictures • 35mm from Library of Congress, permission Swank
Cartoon: “Bimbo’s Initiation” (Fleischer Studios, 1931) – 16mm – 7 min

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