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Diaboliques (1955)

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Christina Delasalle, a fragile young wife with a weak heart, and Nicole Horner, a strong, forceful mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school';;s filthy swimming pool... but when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared - and subsequent reported sightings of the headmaster slowly drive his ';;killers';; up the wall with almost unbearable suspense...
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CRITICS OF "Diaboliques (1955)"
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Sight and Sound
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February 24, 2017

Rarely if ever has such a wallow in the sickeningly macabre been passed for distribution in this country.
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Time Out
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January 26, 2006

A great piece of Guignol misanthropy.
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New York Times

May 20, 2003

This is one of the dandiest mystery dramas that has shown here in goodness knows when.
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Variety
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August 13, 2007

Although this has a few hallucinating bits of terror, the film is primarily a creaky-door type of melodrama.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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January 01, 2000

[Creates] a diabolical double-reverse plot that keeps the audience guessing right up to the thoroughly implausible final scene.
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IGN DVD
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January 29, 2012

One of the best horror-thrillers of the classic era, and a massively inspirational piece of cinema.
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ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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January 05, 2012

So dependent on visuals, many horror films do not wear well except as kitsch. But crafted fright films like Diabolique maintain their power by creating atmosphere through what is not seen.
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Cinemaphile.org
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June 30, 2014

Like the greater of Hitchcock's essential films, the movie is a skillful marriage of ingredients that tread dangerously close to the edge of reasoning while still absorbing them in impeccable artistic standards.
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Playback:stl
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March 04, 2016

... widely regarded as one of the most terrifying films of all time.
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PopMatters
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June 17, 2011

...[a] demonic clockwork thriller.
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Chicago Reader
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August 13, 2007

Cruel, sour, and -- unfortunately -- very effective.
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ReelViews
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January 01, 2000

With a deliciously curvy and complex plot, Diabolique is a masterpiece of suspense -- as accomplished as anything done by Hitchcock.
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