Diabolique (Les Diaboliques)
Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955)

The greatest film that Alfred Hitchcock never made, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique is set in a provincial boarding school run by headmaster Michel Delasalle (Paul Meurisse). A ruthless lothario, he becomes the target of a murder… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: February 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cruel, dark, but undeniably effective, Diabolique is a suspense thriller as effective as Hitchcock's best work and with a brilliant twist ending.

Variety Staff

Although this has a few hallucinating bits of terror, the film is primarily a creaky-door type of melodrama.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This is one of the dandiest mystery dramas that has shown here in goodness knows when.

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Christopher Machell

Part-noir, part-neo-Gothic horror, Diabolique is that most delicious breed of suspense thriller, beginning innocently enough, but soon peeling back layer after layer of corruption, scheming and transgression.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Cruel, sour, and -- unfortunately -- very effective.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Creates] a diabolical double-reverse plot that keeps the audience guessing right up to the thoroughly implausible final scene.

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Derek Prouse
Sight and Sound

Rarely if ever has such a wallow in the sickeningly macabre been passed for distribution in this country.

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Time Out

A great piece of Guignol misanthropy.

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James Berardinelli

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

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Sarah Boslaugh

... widely regarded as one of the most terrifying films of all time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A great thriller built on an intriguing mystery and with a very unexpected ending, but I imagine how much more tense and engaging it would have been in… More
Reid Volk
An absolutely stunning cinematic achievement. Clouzot not only unfolds a great mystery before our eyes, but for being over 55 years old it is still more… More
Edward Boxler
Diabolique is a milestone in horror filmmaking and a wonderful look back at a time when filmmakers used suspense to frighten audiences, not cheap… More
Lady D'arbanville
Quite a caniving plan for Murder for a film of it's time, told in a very much a Hitchcock fashion. Twists and turns keep this a gripping tale and whilst… More
Chris Weber
This film (almost) has it all: it's a suspense thriller, a mystery, a domestic (melo)drama, and even a bit of a horror film. It's widely regarded as a… More
Kevin M. Williams
Overbearing, smug and philandering husband's cruelties forces his wife and his mistress to consider the unthinkable: to team up to off the incorrigible… More

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