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It’s still Pride Month, and we’re celebrating with a look at a couple of horror classics: “The Seventh Victim” and “Strangers on a Train”.

The Seventh Victim

The Seventh Victim

It’s Pride Month, and much like the United States, we’re going back in time and getting scared of gay people. Come hang out while we talk about the little-known bleak cult horror of The Seventh Victim (1943), along with Hitchcock’s classic tale of murder, intrigue, and out-of-control carousels, Strangers On a Train (1951).

We mention it within the episode, but as an additional warning, The Seventh Victim deals heavily with suicide, so if you want to skip past that part of the double feature, you can pick back up with Strangers On a Train at the 32:45 mark.

The Seventh Victim is a 1943 American horror film directed by Mark Robson. It focuses on a young woman who stumbles on an underground cult of devil worshippers in Greenwich Village, New York City while searching for her missing sister. It marks Robson’s directorial debut and was Kim Hunter’s first onscreen role.

Released on August 21, 1943, the film failed to garner significant income at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics, who found its narrative incoherence a primary fault. It was later revealed that Robson and editor John Lockert had removed four substantial scenes from the final cut, including an extended conclusion. In spite of its mixed reception, the film became a cult film in England, noted by critics for its homoerotic undertones.

Strangers on a Train is a 1951 American psychological thriller film noir produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on the 1950 novel Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot in the autumn of 1950 and released by Warner Bros. on June 30, 1951, starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, and Robert Walker.

The story concerns two strangers who meet on a train, one of whom is a psychopath who suggests that they “exchange” murders so that neither will be caught. The film initially received mixed reviews but has since been regarded much more favorably.

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Movies Discussed: The Seventh Victim (1943), Strangers On a Train (1951)

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