Repulsion (1965)

UK, 1965
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

A British horror film directed by Roman Polanski.

Plot Summary

Carol Ledoux is a sexually repressed young Belgian trapped in a meaningless existence in mid-60s London, overly-dependent on her sister Helen. When Helen goes on holiday with her boyfriend Michael, Carol is left alone in her flat and suffers a traumatic breakdown, complete with powerful and disturbing hallucinations.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roman Polanski
© MCMLXV Compton Tekli-Film Productions Ltd.
A Compton production. Michael Klinger and Tony Tenser present
Produced by: Gene Gutowski
Associate Producers: Robert Sterne, Sam Waynberg
Original Screenplay by: Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach
Adaptation and Additional Dialogue by: David Stone
1st Assistant Director: Ted Sturgis
Continuity: Dee Vaughan
Director of Photography: Gilbert Taylor
Camera Operator: Alan Hall
Stills: Laurie Turner
Editor: Alastair McIntyre
Assistant Editor: Karen Heward
Music Composed and Conducted by: Chico Hamilton
Orchestrated by: Gábor Szabó
Sound Mixer: Leslie Hammond
Sound Supervisor: Stephen Dalby
Sound Editor: Tom Priestley
Sound Recordist: Gerry Humphreys
Westrex Recording System
Make Up: Tom Smith
Hairdresser: Gladys Leakey
Title Designer: Maurice Binder *
Art Director: Seamus Flannery
Assistant Art Director: Frank Willson
Props: Alf Pegley
Production Controller: Terry Glinwood
Locations: London, England, UK
Made at Twickenham Studios, London, England

Catherine Deneuve (Carol Ledoux)
Ian Hendry (Michael)
John Fraser (Colin)
Patrick Wymark (landlord)
Yvonne Furneaux (Helene Ledoux)
Renee Houston (Miss Balch)
Valerie Taylor (Madame Denise)
James Villiers (John)
Helen Fraser (Bridget)
Hugh Futcher (Reggie)
Monica Merlin (Mrs Rendlesham)
Imogen Graham (manicurist)
Mike Pratt (workman)
Roman Polanski [spoons player] *

Alternative Titles

Avsporet – Norway
Ekel – Germany
Inho – Finland
Repulsa – Portugal
Repulsa ao Sexo – Brazil
Repulsión – Venezuela
Repulsione – Italy
Wstret – Poland

See also
Absolutely Fabulous: Fear (1995)
The Driller Killer (1979)
Empire of the Censors (1995)
Eraserhead (1977)
The Hunger (1983)
Iki-jigoku (2000)
Jennifer is Dead (2002)
Le Locataire (1976)
May (2002)
Minority Report (2002)
Ms. 45 (1981)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Pi (1998)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Single White Female (1992)
Sisters (1973)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
A British Horror Film (2003)

See also
Last Night in Soho (2021)



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Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide January 2013 p.20 – illustrated listing
  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2019 p.38 – illustrated listing