Henri-Georges Clouzot - Les Diaboliques (Diabolique) (1955)
One of the two all time great classics of French horror cinema, together with Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face), this is the film that made Hitchcock drop the technicolor lavish films and do Psycho, it's the film that made William Castle think "Maybe there's something to horror", going as far as pretty much lifting a whole scene from this film for The Tingler.
So it is widely influential, but is it good? Yes, it is, it's actually excellent. Clouzot might be one of my all time favourite directors and he could have only directed this and Wages of Fear to get in that list. Wages of Fear invents the modern action thriller and Diaboliques invents the modern horror thriller, two films, two genres, and two near-perfect works.
For a film from 1955 there are a lot of pretty shocking scenes, two involving a bathtub at the beginning and the end of the film and another involving a "dead" body with its white eyes and dishevelled look being pretty much some of the most openly horror things to have been in cinema up until this time. The plot is also supremely smart, although today it might seem a bit more clichè, although that is only because it has been so imitated. In terms of acting Simone Signoret is the stand-out here, with Vera Clouzot being pretty good as well, but the sheer competence and coldness of Signoret makes her performance unusual and special. A must see if you are at all interested in the history of horror or film in general. (5/5) #cinema #cinephile #movie #movies #film #henrigeorgesclouzot #lesdiaboliques #diabolique #thriller #horror #cinephile #horrormovie #simonesignoret #horrorfan #horrornerd #horrorgram #horrorgeek #horrorclub #horrorfans #poster #filmposter #movieposter