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So how did Hollywood ruin the remake? Well, they decided to "Basic Instinct" it. In other words, they decided to remake it as yet another 1990s erotic thriller, and even cast Sharon Stone in one of the central roles. But the most unforgivable aspect of "Diabolique" is the drastic changes to the central plot -- which render most of the plot twists illogical and predictable.
Vicious Guy Baran (Chazz Palminteri) runs a boarding school for boys, but the school is actually owned by his frail, pious wife Mia (Isabel Adjani). Since he believes she will never divorce him, he has an open affair with one of the teachers, Nicole (Stone). He doesn't realize that the two women are secretly conspiring to kill him, and that Nicole has concocted a foolproof plan.
So using the threat of a divorce, they lure him to a distant apartment owned by Nicole, drug him, and drown him in the bathtub. When they return to the school, they immediately sink him in a disgusting algae-filled swimming pool, having given themselves a pretty decent alibi. But when the pool is drained, the corpse is missing -- and someone sends pictures to Mia indicating that they were seen.
It's almost painful watching "Diabolique" at times, since it's a perfect example of how most Hollywood remakes turn out -- crass attempts to "modernize" timeless material, with lackluster directors and actors attaching themselves to it. It's pretty much impossible to not compare the remake to Clouzot's original, and find it lacking in every way.
It also has the pacing of a wet sandbag -- director Jeremiah S.Read more ›
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Sharon Stone is amazing. She Sharon Stones all over the place. It's not as good as the original, but then again, the original doesn't have Sharon Stone.Published 4 months ago by Rhoda Perdition
A thriller starring Sharon Stone; a murder mystery enthusiast doesn't need any more information than that!Published 13 months ago by gp
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