Fav Criterion Films #18..Diabolique.. In this classic of French suspense, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse), becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his wife (Vera Clouzot) and the mistress he brazenly flaunts (Simone Signoret). The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears.
The greatest film Hitchcock never made... A statement that I agree with everytime I watch this film. (can you imagine if he had gotten his hand on it) This cruel, dark but very effective thriller still remains as chilling today as it did back in 1955. The 3 main actors are all incredible as we follow and watch these 2 women carry out the evil deed only to unravel slowly after learning of the body's disappearance. Diabolique will always remain one of those wonderful made films that relied on suspense to frighten it's viewers, not these cheap boo scares. The last quarter of the film will drive you up the wall and the ending.. Tense.. Disturbing.. Unexpected.. A truly well made and gripping suspense drama. #movies #blurays #ranking #favorites #masterpieces #classics #gems #Criterion #CriterionCollection #Diabolique #French #suspense #chiller #greatfilms #blurayaddict #movieking #supermoviebros