Un-Queering a Queer Text in ‘Diabolique’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Watch Out for Neematoads!

March has seen quite a bit of whiplash for the Horror Queers, tonally speaking. After kicking off the month with our first parody in Scary Movie 2, we went after some comfort horror last week with Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. Now we’re putting our academic caps on to discuss Henri-Georges Clouzot‘s 1955 masterpiece of suspense: Diabolique!

In Diabolique, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse), becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo — his meek wife (Véra Clouzot) and the mistress he brazenly flaunts (Simone Signoret). The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Michel’s corpse mysteriously disappears.

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Episode 117 – Diabolique (1955)

Take out your enormous contact lenses because we’re discussing Henri-Georges Clouzot’s seminal 1955 chiller Diabolique! Joining us for the conversation are Jazz & Kat of the Girl, That’s Scary! podcast!

Join us as we laud this horror film/revenge drama/ghost story/queer-ish love story and praise one of its co-leads (the wonderful Simone Signoret), while we question the acting abilities of “Heart Attack Girl,” aka Mrs. Véra Clouzot (in a role given to her by her husband: the film’s writer/director).

Throughout the episode, we’ll compare Christina to Julie James, plan a movie night with Diabolique, Bound, Wild Things and Thelma & Louise and (of course) talk about that incredible twist ending.

Plus: neematoads, child-slapping, gaslighting, ghost suits and a 1996 remake with Sharon Stone (spoiler alert: it’s pretty good!)!

Cross out Diabolique!

Coming up on Wednesday: Pull your school uniform out because we’re traveling back to the year 2000 to study the homoeroticism between Paul Walker and Joshua Jackson in The Skulls!

– Joe & Trace

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