Cinema: A Maiden Berserk

Repulsion more than lives up to its title. It also affords grisly evidence that 32-year-old Polish Director Roman Polanski, who won fame with Knife in the Water, is no slash-in-the-pan wonder boy but an imaginative and perverse master of the dark art of menace. Polanski's first English-language film, Repulsion at first glance looks like a case study of a fragile psychopath. At second glance, or as often as a moviegoer can bear to peek through his knotted fingers, it is a Gothic horror story, a classic chiller of the Psycho school and approximately...

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