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“Les Diaboliques” by Henri‑Georges Clouzot

Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was Les Diaboliques (1955). One critical scene has even been cited as inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. This thriller from Henri‑Georges Clouzot, which shocked audiences in Europe and the United States, is the story of two women — the fragile wife and the willful mistress of the sadistic headmaster of a boys’ boarding school — who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Les Diaboliques is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking.

In French with English subtitles.