|Fig. 1 'Repulsion' (1965)|
The pacing of this film is purposely drawn out and slow, sometimes even feeling tedious with seemingly unnecessary scenes. However, realistically Carol's mental deterioration would not happen drastically or quickly as some films would have the public believe. Mental illness creeps up on the individual suffering, often the person afflicted doesn't even realize they are sick. This slow pacing accurately describes how a real human gradually gives in to mental illnesses such as OCD, PTSD, anxiety and many other illnesses. Part of what makes this film so horrific and impactful is that, "rather than making a mad person scary, the film terrifies by giving an audience a sense of what it's like to lose sanity," (Newman, 2007). The film combines real threats such as assault, rape, and mental illness with a realistic situation to provide the audience with a surreal yet accurate experience of insanity.
|Fig. 2 Carol's Hallucination|
The final scene shows a family photo shrouded in shadow, the only light shining on Carol and the man in the photo (most likely her father) which possibly hints at her abuser. Although this film presents very surreal imagery such as an ever-changing apartment, groping arms protruding from fleshy walls, phantom rapists, and giant cracks in the wall it provides a shockingly truthful insight to how realistic traumatic experiences can affect the mind. 'Repulsion' is a true horror film that forces the viewer to experience the unpleasant experience of a woman's tragic mental decay from her point of view. The terrifying nature of this film lies in the idea that the real monsters are around us and that no one is safe from mental illness and insanity.
|Fig. 3 Carol's Family Photo|
Bradshaw, P. (2013) Repulsion - Review At: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jan/03/repulsion-review Accessed on: 17/11/2015
Crowther, B (1965) Repulsion At: http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=EE05E7DF1739E471BC4C53DFB667838E679EDE Accessed on: 17/11/2015
Newman, K. (2007) Repulsion At: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/repulsion/review/ Accessed on: 17/11/2015
Figure 1. Repulsion (1965) [Poster] At: https://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/61/MPW-30800 Accessed on: 17/11/2015
Figure 2. Carol's Hallucination (1965) [Film Still] At: http://projectdeadpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Repulsion-2.jpg Accessed on: 17/11/2015
Figure 3. Carol's Family Photo (1965) [Film Still] At: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JuMtk25i_l8/UbAdkkzrQDI/AAAAAAAAftc/TAbw1vVrwpM/s1600/Repulsion+4.jpg Accessed on: 17/11/2015