Today I will be reviewing Repulsion (1965)
The film is about the main character Carol, who at first glance, is a shy and timid woman, but later on we learn she that she is struggling with her sanity. Everyone around her knows something is wrong with her but she doesn't say anything. Carol just tries to carry on with her life knowing that she is not right mentally. Suddenly when Carol's sister went on a vacation with her boyfriend, she is then left alone in the flat. That is when her sanity takes a turn for the worst. Carlo is then hallucination about cracks on the walls, hands coming out from the walls, a man who keeps raping her when shes in bed and later she develop, what I think, is another personality.
To me this film is not much horror but more of a type of mystery drama. Wondering why Carol is so distant from everyone, especially men.
Repulsion uses a lot of objects to represent Carol's sanity. The dead rabbit for example. When Carlo left it out of the fridge for too long it started to rot away, which is happening to her sanity. Another are the potatoes, their roots are growing and the potatoes are also dying, maybe to so that Carol is slowly slipping away while something else is growing inside her. But the one main object that reflects her the most is the flat she lives in. Everything that's happening in the flat represents how her mind is changing. It starts off nice and clean and ends up a total wreak.
Besides the objects that represent Carol's sanity, there are also some signs that talks about her history also. First lets look at the raping, it is obviously someone she knows, but who is he? Is a relative? A man who made believe he is her friend but isn't? could be someone close? And so on. The hands that grow from the walls could be the hands of the rapist. And the picture at the end has a young Carol looking at her farther with such disgust, could he have anything to do with Carol's mental state? All of this gives the film that mystery atmosphere, trying to uncover the history of Carol's life and to understand her a bit more.
What I like most about the film is how Carols Hallucination around the flat treats it like it is haunted. Like the house is alive and it is mimicking the helpless Carol's state of mind to the point of insanity.
I really like the use of effects around the flat, mostly the growing cracks on the walls and the hands the comes out from them. The story is good also, it has a weird effect, treating the world like it is normal but not normal at the same time.
Repulsion is defiantly a different film. It felt like a biography of a victim who suffers from sexual repression and soon loses her mind to the point of insanity.