16 August 2011

Out and About: Film Viewings

Last weekend, my friend Corey and I went to South Side Bethlehem to catch a screening of one of my all-time favorite horror films, 1955's Diabolique. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, the film stars Vera Clouzot and Simone Signoret as the wife and mistress of a sadistic headmaster of a boys' school. Fed up with his abuse, the two women team up to get rid of him, once and for all. They drown him and dump his body in the school swimming pool. But when the pool is drained, the body is no longer there. And students claim to be seeing him around the school.

One of the reasons I love this film so much is the build up of suspense and unease throughout. This is not one of those horror films where things jump out and go boo. It keeps you guessing long after the movie has ended. You come to realize that you can't trust or believe anybody. After it's ended, you'll find yourselves looking over your shoulder and jumping at shadows. In my opinion, it's one of the finest horror films ever made, and I think everyone should see it. And be sure to avoid the remake.

Don't be devils! Don't ruin the interest your friends could take in this film. Don't tell them what you saw. Thank you for them.