All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
The nightmare world of a virgin's dreams becomes the screen's shocking reality!
Carol, a Belgian manicurist living with her sister, Helen, in a London flat, is simultaneously attracted and repulsed by sex. Carol's awkward feelings towards men are worsened by her sister's affair with a married man. When the pair go away on holiday, leaving Carol alone in the apartment, her moments of catalepsy and hallucination increase and deepen into madness.
There is something uniquely intriguing about watching a talented filmmaker trying to find his footing in one of his first films, especially in a setting where he is in total control, namely the mind of his protagonist.
To me true horror comes in the shape of losing control. This film is about that and it is unrelenting in the terror that Catherine Deneuve suffers through. She is slowly losing her mind and that gradual process is depicted beautifully.
Polanski tenaciously tightens the screws and always keeps you as a viewer unaware when he is going to make a transition from the real world to Deneuve's delusions. These transitions are so smooth that they have a very unsettling effect. What struck…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Roman Polanski would go on to make a number of landmark films that have subsequently proven to be masterpieces in their own right. His first English speaking film Repulsion showcased that talent at the young age of 32 with one of the most haunting depictions of mental illness seen on screen.
Catherine Deneuve, who plays the poor young girl losing her grip on the world around, also deserves similar plaudits for shouldering the demands of the story almost single handedly. The role of Carol is a tough character to depict accurately, a performance that could so easily have been tipped into melodrama by an actress too keen to overact the trauma.
Made for a pittance of £50k, this low budget…
The lengthy opening act of Polanski's Repulsion tells us that Carol, the film's protagonist, is reminded daily of the need to follow society's definition of beauty so she can please the men who whistle after her on the street. At the workplace, a salon, we see the immaterial value of "beauty" as society defines it: a wealthy client requests a certain brand of nail polish in short supply, her boss tells her to use another instead, as "she'll never know the difference." Over lunch, she becomes the unwilling center of the fixated gazes of men. She brushes her hair and scrutinizes herself constantly: she's the spitting image of beauty, yet why is she so inadequate, ignorant, naive? Jealousy colors her…
"The mother of all 'neurotic women' horror movies." Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women.
Been reading a fair bit of this book but keep having to stop myself as I haven't seen enough of the films mentioned within. Particularly some of the more famous and influential ones like Roman Polanski's REPULSION. Thankfully LOVEFilm, and Netflix to a lesser extent, are around these days to help out in such issues.
Catherine Deneuve plays Carol, a very shy girl who we meet as she's managing to hold onto a job in a salon. She lives with her sister in a flat in London but her withdrawn demeanor and habit of staring into space are just the cracks on the surface.…
"I must get this crack mended."
Somewhat experimental in style and twistedly Hitchcockian in tone and spirit, Roman Polanski's Repulsion is a film that was probably made with a little more intensity than required, yet in many ways this was an impressive work. It was really, really slow-paced and I won't deny that it bored me in some spots, but what Polanski saved for the end absolutely compensated for its occasional ups and downs. Towards the end it grew in shock value and it became really creepy and disturbing. The camera work was staggering and cinematography-wise, it was fantastic. Catherine Deneuve's lead performance was remarkable.
Es muy lenta y al principio no fue mucho lo que me mantuvo interesado en ella, pero luego con solo ver y escuchar la personalidad y actitud de Carol interpretada muy bien por Catherine Deneuve, y agregado al enorme trabajo de Polanski detrás de cámaras, fue suficiente para sentir un misterio y un suspenso alrededor de todo lo que ocurría. Repulsion no horroriza del todo, pero sí entrega imágenes que no esperaba encontrar y la convierten en algo para recordar.
"I must get this crack mended."
Polanski + Catherine Deneuve = Masterpiece
'Repulsion' is what the title states, but with a little extra creepy Roman Polanski in the mix. I always feel like breaking out in an anxiety attack or some kind of weird crying fit when watching Polanski, particularly 'Rosemary's Baby'. But aside from all that, 'Repulsion' was a beautifully constructed, slightly dubious horror movie. The filming was great. I'm particularly in love with the wide angle shots and the way the set gets swapped about to disorientate the socks off you. All round, 'Repulsion' was a turn on if you like that kind of thing with a few too many cuts to black, but kept me eating my lips, which is super important in this kind of situation.
"I must get this crack mended."
I will never eat rabbits again.
The best and worst demons are all our own...
This is a good, disturbing movie. Brilliantly made despite its small budget, it gets under your skin easily and brings you into the world of madness.
-"She's a bit strung up isn't she?"
-"She's just sensitive that's all."
-"You can say that again."
Roman Polanski delves into a creepy world of intense paranoia and psychosis with his 1965 film Repulsion. The film stars Catherine Deneuve as Carol, a beautiful blonde Belgian girl living in London with her sister. The first part of the film shows Carol slowly becoming more and more introverted and obsessive. Without knowing what is wrong, Carol's sister and acquaintances attribute her strange behavior to loneliness and a prudish personality. To Carol's dismay, her sister is going on a trip with her lover which will leave Carol at home by herself for two weeks. On her own, Carol's paranoia and obsessive behavior become…
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…