The Thursday evening art house film at the Underground Theatre this month is going to be Repulsion. The psychological horror film was made in 1965 and was Roman Polanski's first English language project. David Stone's screenplay was based on a story collaboration between Polanski and Gerard Brach.
Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve) is left alone in her shared apartment when her sister Helen (Yvonne Furneaux) goes on holiday with her boyfriend. Carol is unable to cope with what was then considered to be 'normal' social behaviour and is increasingly driven towards insanity by two men who refuse to accept that she does not want them. Her paranoia drastically intensified by isolation, she begins to hallucinate, seeing the walls cracking and hands reaching out towards her. When a man she has previously rejected (John Fraser), breaks into the apartment, Carol beats him to death with a candlestick, and later she slashes her landlord (Patrick Wymark) with a razor as he tries to rape her.
Filmed in black and white, the acclaimed cinematography was the work of Gilbert Taylor and these elements are responsible for much of the chilling horror. The claustrophobic atmosphere is slowly intensified throughout the film and Polanski uses inventive camera angles and sounds to build tension instead of resorting to graphic special effects.
Underground Theatre, Thu 25th Oct, 19:30.
Tickets £5 (no concessions), available online or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.