Seven Footprints to Satan

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Seven Footprints to Satan
Poster of the movie Seven Footprints to Satan.jpg
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Produced by Richard A. Rowland
Written by Benjamin Christensen
Starring Thelma Todd
Creighton Hale
William V. Mong
Sheldon Lewis
Cinematography Sol Polito
Edited by Frank Ware
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release dates
January 27, 1929 (silent version)
February 17, 1929 (sound version)
Running time
60 minutes; 6 reels(5,405 feet)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $129,950[1]

Seven Footprints to Satan is a 1929 American horror film directed by Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen. Based on the book of the same name by Abraham Merritt, it stars Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale, William V. Mong and Sheldon Lewis, and contains appearances by Sōjin Kamiyama and Angelo Rossitto among others. It was produced as both a silent film and as a part-talkie, making it one of the last (if not the last) silent horror films.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Jim and Eve, a young society couple, are kidnapped on the eve of Jim's departure for Africa and brought to a mansion that is home to a strange and glamorous Satanic cult.



Seven Footprints to Satan is the fifth of seven films made by Christensen during his tenure in Hollywood, and is one of only four that survive in a relatively complete state (Eagle's Nest and Haunted House are believed to be lost; House of Horror exists only in sound elements). Seven Footprints to Satan is also notable one of the first films of Loretta Young, who appears uncredited as an extra.[3]

Release and Availability[edit]

Seven Footprints to Satan was released as both a silent film and as a sound film with Vitaphone musical score (after first talking picture The Terror (1928), sound effects and some dialogue sequences. Despite some negative reviews from such publications as the New York Times, the film performed well at the box office. A companion Photoplay edition of the Merritt novel (published by Grosset & Dunlap and featuring several stills from the film) also sold extremely well. Ayn Rand was one commentator who endorsed the film.[4][5]

According to Internet reviews, silent English and Italian inter-titled versions are currently available for viewing on YouTube and from other vendors.[6]


Silent version is exist in the Danish Film Museum film archive and in the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana film archive (italian silent title), about sound version presumed lost and no known 16mm copy is lost. Vitaphone soundtrack for recording is currently lost.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Donati, William. The Life and Death of Thelma Todd. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 35 Accessed 29 April 2013
  2. ^ Clarens, Carlos. An Illustrated History of Horror and Science-fiction Films. New York, NY: Putnam. p. 57. Accessed 58
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  4. ^ Nicoletta, Henry and John T. Soister. American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 508. Accessed 29 April 2013
  5. ^ 1957 MOVIES FROM AAP Warner Bros Features & Cartoons SALES BOOK DIRECTED AT TV
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