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- Nov 6, 2008
An exceptionally well made film. I remember watching this at school.
I read the book, literally the moment I finished watching the movie on television (circa 1976 or 7). I found it odd that the visual interpretation - that did not really deviate from the novel - was unable to bring across the profundity of the tale told by the novel! I was so entranced, that after watching the movie that started at 11pm, I stayed up and read the whole novel, going to bed at/near daybreak.The Exorcist
Different studios at different time periods. RKO put Lewton in charge of a project he didn't want and pretty much left him alone to do it, so he made it his own. His movies were nothing like the Universal horror pics of the 1930s, avoiding established monsters. It strikes me as a parallel to the changes from Lovecraft/Weird Tales horror stories to something like Fritz Leiber's "Smoke Ghost" and Robert Bloch's "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper."I know I have seen VL's The Seventh Victim, but it was several years ago; likely during TCM's annual month of horror films. I may have seen it just once, which explains why I remember no details.
What I don't understand, nothing particular to the film, but how VL who merely produced films, had so much influence over them. While as I recall, William Castle, was so devastated that direction of Rosemary's Baby was snatched from him, and he was just the producer.