The Diabolical

When a single mother and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly strange and intense presence in their quiet suburban home, she turns to her scientist boyfriend to take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightened to face.


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  • ★★★★ review by filmga on Letterboxd

    A genuinely refreshing twist on a tired sub-genre, this was a highly enjoyable and really well made sci-fi/horror that's kinda a bit like Shocker meets Insidious and Poltergeist with a splash of A Nightmare on Elm Street ... yet totally its own thing, which is crazy cool.

  • ★★★½ review by sydney on Letterboxd

    this isn't great, but there's some interesting stuff going on about recovering from abuse and being a single mom scared for your kids' future, with an ending so bizarre i can't not love it. the scares aren't that scary, but they're adequately creepy starting right from the first minute and don't let up. if you're open-minded enough to enjoy something like SINISTER there is a lot to appreciate here. liked Ali Larter too. and there's a hunk! and it's on netflix! and it's 86 minutes!

  • ★★★½ review by Charles Pieper on Letterboxd

    This was an excellent and clever film. If you are a discerning fan of horror and science fiction cinema you should check this film out. It's near criminal that this film hasn't been discussed and embraced more this year, absolutely.

    I can't recall the last time I saw a 'haunted house' film with such realistic and relatable characters whose emotions felt so real. Yes!

  • ★★★★ review by Howard Gorman on Letterboxd

    With such an imaginative script this film is destined for infinite revisits as you’ll want to pinpoint all the telltale signs and clues you missed out on. Whilst only a couple of recent films like It Follows or The House at the End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos) helped rekindle my lost love for supernatural films, The Diabolical almost succeeded in having the same effect. Based on this first outing, I can’t wait to see how Legrand follows up his creatively creepy debut.

  • ★★★★ review by stopless on Letterboxd

    Don't be fooled by the first twenty minutes. This is not a standard haunted house film. Worth the watch for the fresh ideas it brings to the trope.

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