Film Review: Diabolique (1955)

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SYNOPSIS: The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. REVIEW: “She’ll bury us all. Won’t you, my little ruin?” Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 film, The Devils, is a pioneering example of early psychological noir cinema told in that claustrophobically paranoiac way often characterized by Alfred Hitchcock (in fact, legend has it, Clouzot seized … Continue reading

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13 Greatest Horror Movies of the ‘40’s and ‘50’s

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13. I Walked with a Zombie (1943) This movie is basically Jane Eyre in the West Indies with a touch of voodoo thrown in and it relies mostly on merging the dichotomies it spent so long building up: voodoo/Christian, black/white, dead/alive, magic/science. This sense of ambiguity is the only unsettling force in a too-literal plot and otherwise tame film. 12. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Yes, the remake is better (two words, one amazing … Continue reading

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