A film that starts off incredibly strong, Mark Robson's The Seventh Victim is never able to keep it up, fading down the stretch. The first half of this film has to be one of the best omnious/mystery type films I have ever seen. Kim, our main protagonist, is such an innocent, fragile character by nature, which adds to the mystery element of her sister's disappearance. It's without a doubt a well-written film that is a very interesting commentary on Good vs. Evil, but I really found the film to lose a lot of its momentum in the second half. To it's credit, it's depiction of this satantic cult is done in a far more intelligent and interesting way than most films, not just painting them as crazy monsters but actually well-organized individuals with a plan who look no different than the average individual. I actually found Jacqueline, her missing sister, to be the most interesting character in the entire film. She is such a fragile soul who is caught up in this group-think mentality, clearly having no real grasp of her own individualism. The two best scenes in this film without a doubt are the shower scene, which must have influenced Hitchcock's Psycho, and the scene in the hallway where the private investigator is murdered in front of Kim. I can honestly say that the hairs on my neck stood up during this mastefully crafted sequence. In the end, the first half Mark Robson's The Seventh Victiom had me thinking it was going to be a favorite of mine but unfortunately It lost its grip on me during the second half of the film.
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