This film was shot in LA on RKO soundstages but everyone agrees, including John Ashberry that this is one of the greatest New York films of all time. From the way it captures the tension in riding New York subways, to the atmosphere of Greenwich Village(the restaurant with the famous painting of Dante and Beatrice). This is a creepy film. But for all the attention to Satanism, this isn’t a supernatural film. It has a strangeness all it’s own. It quotes John Donne’s Holy Sonnet at the beginning and end(and it’s printed on a stained glass of an Orphanage which borrowed the mansion set of Magnificent Ambersons). As for the message, as Val Lewton said, it’s quite simply, “SUICIDE IS GOOD”.