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  • Repulsion (1965)

    Repulsion is the story of a sexually repressed young woman's (played by Catherine Deneuve) descent into murderous madness.

    Okay, so I just finished watching this Roman Polanski flick and wanted to comment on it. As a psychological thiller this film is really quite weak, depending more on unusual camera shots and weird images than actual scares. Deneuve seems to be adept at looking and acting really spaced out but not much else. While her break from reality is portrayed in a couple of interesting ways (her visions of walls cracking, her rape fantasies(sp), the arms coming out of the walls) there's just not enough of it to make the entire film interesting. In light of how amazing Rosemary's Baby is, it's really quite depressing that this Polanski effort is so firmly entrenched in the land of boring cinema.

    2/10

  • #2
    I can't believe there wasn't a thread for this already.


    I haven't seen this in awhile, but it's near the top of my queue for a rewatch. For now, I will just say I completely disagree.

    The modern day horror fan that is interested in constant twists and turns, won't like this movie. But, this is a classic in my eyes.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by caustic_coffee View Post
      I can't believe there wasn't a thread for this already.


      I haven't seen this in awhile, but it's near the top of my queue for a rewatch. For now, I will just say I completely disagree.

      The modern day horror fan that is interested in constant twists and turns, won't like this movie. But, this is a classic in my eyes.
      Completely agree. I love this movie for its style and eerie atmosphere. I couldn't disagree more with the first poster's opinion. He's basing his review using a modern horror mentality. This movie is a piece of art.
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      • #4
        Hawt/fun flick .. I love this type of movie.

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        • #5
          I agree that most younger (modern) horror fans are more concerned with slick storylines and fx than a good, well told story and that it takes away from their ability to truely enjoy horror films that don't contain those elements, esp. classic horror films. A good example of this is the legion of younger fans that latch onto these modern remakes and proclaim them to be better than the original (the Black Christmas remake for example). Now, the problem with saying that my review of Repulsion is in line with this mentality is:

          1.I happen to be 32 years old which takes me well out of the younger (modern) horror fan category(sp)
          2.The bulk of my horror collection is from the 70's/early 80's, not modern horror.
          3.I have a very healthy respect for good horror from any era.

          Now, with that said let me get back on topic. Repulsion does have some good moments to it, but as I said before, there aren't enough of these moments to make the entire film interesting. The movie also moves at an almost unbearably slow pace. Also, when I compare Repulsion to Polanski's other horror film from that era [Rosemary's Baby, 1968] it's weaknesses become even more amplified (maybe I'm somewhat biased, seeing as how I have mucho love for both the film version and Ira Levin's novel). Keep in mind that my review of Repulsion is simply my opinion and nothing more .

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          • #6
            I think am the only horror fan who still hasn't seen this ... its been on my must check out list for fooking years now!

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            • #7
              Didn't like it much.

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              • #8
                Easily one of Polanski's best films.

                You're thrown right into Carol's world with very little context. How long has she been going insane? Has it been days, weeks, or years? All the audience gets to see is that she lives with her sister whose relationship (probably not the first she's ever had) is vapid and based around sex (which Carol is forced to listen to night after night). Despite being quite gorgeous herself, she has never seemed to be able to settle into a relationship. Maybe she hates men, or maybe she's just so shy that she can't stand being around anybody she isn't comfortable with. In any case, Carol is losing it and when she is left alone for an extended period of time, she begins to crack (literally, in a fun way). In no way is this movie boring, you just have to look for all of the right details. Stunning performances, gripping suspense, incredible visuals, and minimalistic storytelling. A masterpiece.

                10/10

                I recommend the Criterion Collection blu-ray.

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                • #9
                  I need to rewatch to completely give a better review of the film, but after the first viewing it was a total letdown.
                  Cinema Junkyard

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The Revelator View Post
                    Easily one of Polanski's best films.

                    You're thrown right into Carol's world with very little context. How long has she been going insane? Has it been days, weeks, or years? All the audience gets to see is that she lives with her sister whose relationship (probably not the first she's ever had) is vapid and based around sex (which Carol is forced to listen to night after night). Despite being quite gorgeous herself, she has never seemed to be able to settle into a relationship. Maybe she hates men, or maybe she's just so shy that she can't stand being around anybody she isn't comfortable with. In any case, Carol is losing it and when she is left alone for an extended period of time, she begins to crack (literally, in a fun way). In no way is this movie boring, you just have to look for all of the right details. Stunning performances, gripping suspense, incredible visuals, and minimalistic storytelling. A masterpiece.

                    10/10

                    I recommend the Criterion Collection blu-ray.
                    Great review I love this film, I love it just as much as Rosemary's Baby. Catherine Deneuve's performance is extraordinary.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by klownz666 View Post
                      I think am the only horror fan who still hasn't seen this ... its been on my must check out list for fooking years now!
                      No you aren't alone. I also haven't seen this and it's been in my backlog for years as well.

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                      • #12
                        I haven't seen it either. I've been thinking about this film all weekend. I think I may watch it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by The Revelator View Post
                          Easily one of Polanski's best films.

                          You're thrown right into Carol's world with very little context. How long has she been going insane? Has it been days, weeks, or years? All the audience gets to see is that she lives with her sister whose relationship (probably not the first she's ever had) is vapid and based around sex (which Carol is forced to listen to night after night). Despite being quite gorgeous herself, she has never seemed to be able to settle into a relationship. Maybe she hates men, or maybe she's just so shy that she can't stand being around anybody she isn't comfortable with. In any case, Carol is losing it and when she is left alone for an extended period of time, she begins to crack (literally, in a fun way). In no way is this movie boring, you just have to look for all of the right details. Stunning performances, gripping suspense, incredible visuals, and minimalistic storytelling. A masterpiece.

                          10/10

                          I recommend the Criterion Collection blu-ray.

                          though, I wouldn't call it masterpiece, but an exceptionally well-made character study of a disturbed mind. 4/5
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