• Repulsion (1965)


Release Date: May 16th, 1965

DVD Release Date: May 8th, 2001

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole (Catherine Deneuve) suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen (Yvonne Furneaux), leaves their London flat to go on an Italian holiday with her married boyfriend (Ian Hendry), Carole withdraws into her apartment. She begins to experience frightful hallucinations, her fear gradually mutating into madness.

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Yvonne Furneaux, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Patrick Wymark, James Villiers, Renee Houston, Helen Fraser

Director: Roman Polanski

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Tekli, Compton Films

Keywords: 1960s, Fall, London, Family, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    The cruelty of his methods aside -- and Polanski wasn't the first director to terrorize an actor for the sake of a performance -- Repulsion is a frightening, fiercely entertaining experience that holds up to time. (Review of May 1998 revival) show more

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    Repulsion has often been compared to "Psycho," but Polanski's film, rather than presenting a portrait of a psychotic killer from outside, pulls the audience into the crazed individual's mind. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 100
    Kim NewmanEmpire

    If hell is in the details, Roman Polanski has captured it here in his disturbing portrait of falling into psychosis. show more

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Nominated British Cinematography: Black & White
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1966)