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LES DIABOLIQUES (1955, DIABOLIQUE) – Episode 143 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“It’s been insane since the beginning. . . . Bathtubs that fill up, and swimming pools that empty. That’s insane. And I was insane to listen to you.” That’s not even the half-of-it. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they experience Boileau-Narcejac’s twisted tale as presented by Henri-Georges Clouzot in Les Diaboliques (1955).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 143 – Les Diaboliques (1955)

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The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal plan to murder him with what they believe is the perfect alibi.

Are you ready for a French murder thriller/ghost story/character piece from the mid-1950s? We thought so! Move over Hitchcock! Director Henri-Georges Clouzot has the rights to the novel and the skill to write and direct Les Diaboliques (1955). If celebrated genre author Robert Bloch (Psycho) considers this his all-time favorite horror film, then the Classic Era Grue Crew just has to check it out! And they loved it! In fact, this is one of those movies that demands (at least) a second watch.

Shame on you if you listened to this podcast without first watching Les Diaboliques! At any rate, at the time of this writing, the film is available to stream from HBOmax, The Criterion Channel, and Plex. If physical media is your preference, Les Diaboliques (Diabolique) is available as a Blu-ray from Criterion.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Whitney, will be The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), another Ray Harryhausen extravaganza! Who doesn’t love ‘em some stop-motion?

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.