Repulsion (1965)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  3 October 1965 (USA)
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A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend, sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.



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"A classic chiller of the 'Psycho' school!" See more »


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Release Date:

3 October 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Repulsión  »

Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Features the first depiction of female orgasm (sound only) to be passed by the British Board of Film Censors. See more »


The position between shots of the telephone and the envelope changes when Carole picks up the rabbit and goes to answer the phone. See more »


Colin: [after Carol said she forgot about their date] Well, next time you forget, maybe you'll let me know.
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Referenced in Day of the Dead (1985) See more »

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Utterly Amazed....!!!!
29 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is only my second comment on a film on here as normally just read others but i had to leave a short comment on this film. I consider myself pretty scare proof as I'm a massive fan of psychological horror but i just caught Repulsion on TV tonight at 1.40am alone, in the dark. As i write its now 6am as all i can think about is this film.

I have never been affected by a film as much this before. Whilst some may consider the first part rather slow i found its a wonderful set-up for what follows. I wont review it as many others already have but all i wanted to say is that this film truly haunted me, genuinely made me jump and kept me tense as hell!.....i cant put it into words

The cinematography is amazing, much better than anything current. The lead actress is astonishing to say the least and unlike other films, this film is truly disturbing. I advise watching alone, in total peace, in the dark.

I can see where lynch got many of his ideas but this is far superior.The last shot is pure genius and very unsettling.

I can honestly say this is now my favourite film of all time.

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Photo at the end, line of sight, rape theory lombano
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