Thursday, October 12, 2017

Awesome Horror Streams for Hallowe'en Screams on Roku - DAY 12: Repulsion (1965) [dir. Roman Polanski]

Greetings, Boils & Ghouls...

... and welcome to 'Day Twelve' of "Awesome Horror Streams for Hallowe'en Screams on Roku" in which I will suggest my top picks of the fright flicks from the carefully curated catalogue of macabre movies available via the 'Shudder UK' streaming service - any of which can then be streamed to your television using the magic of Roku player - so, let's dim the lights... and prepare for more frights! :-O

If you read my Hallowe'en blogathon preview - FOUND HERE - published on 30th September, then you will know that I plan to post one Hallowe'en / Horror related article every day, throughout the month of October, each featuring one horror movie from the current 'Shudder UK' content library. With recommendations for thirty-one of the best fright flicks I can find, by the end of the month, this means you should have plenty of great choices for your macabre movie viewing as we count down the days to Hallowe'en... as well as ensuring some top-notch cinematic scares come October 31st! ;-)

For my twelfth instalment in this series of posts I'm going to suggest a feature-length horror thriller, which was directed by Roman Polanski. Released in 1965, under the original title of "Repulsion", it was based on an original screenplay by Roman Polanski and Gérard Brach. This UK joint-production from Compton Films and Tekli British Productions (uncredited) [as Tekli-Film Productions Ltd.] tells the story of a Belgian immigrant to the UK, called Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve), who shares an apartment (in London) with her older sister Helen (Yvonne Furneaux), and works as a manicurist at a beauty salon. Helen uses the word "sensitive" to describe Carol's overall demeanour ,which basically means she's a bit of a wallflower... who is also prone to walk around in an almost permanent daze and rarely offers an opinion on anything. When she does speak up, it is generally on something over which she obsesses, such as Helen's boyfriend Michael's invasion of her space at the apartment. She also seems unable to rebuff the advances of a male suitor, called Colin (John Fraser), who is clearly infatuated with her. Things go from bad to worse, for Carol, when her sister Helen leaves with boyfriend Michael (Ian Hendry) for a vacation in Italy. From that point on, Carol chooses (largely) to lock herself in the apartment, ditching work in the process. While living there alone, she appears almost as if hypnotised and suffers delusions, as well as horrific visions of rape and violence, while slowly sinking into depression...

Repulsion (1965) [Movie Poster]

If you haven't seen the film before, here is a brief taster in the shape of an original trailer for this psychological horror, courtesy of 'Curzon Cinemas', from their official 'YouTube' channel:-

If you'd like to know more... there's a full list of the cast & credits on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) listing for "Repulsion" (1965), FOUND HERE, which also includes a full storyline / plot summary as well as box office stats, technical specs & much more. For die-hard fans, there's even more tidbits of information to be had from the Wikipedia Page for Roman Polanski's "Repulsion" (1965) VIA THIS LINK, which may help to fuel your appetite for (yet) another screening. Although, if you're as much of a fan of this film as I am, or have a penchant for classic psychodrama thrillers in general, it probably won't take too much persuading for you to watch this again! ;-)

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion (1965)

Anyway... you probably guessed already but, if not, this film (like the others from this series of posts) is also available via the 'Shudder' streaming service and can be easily viewed on any Roku device via their dedicated channel (app) for these streaming media players. There are other opportunities for UK Roku users to watch "Repulsion" (1965), including a brace of rental options via 'Amazon Video' plus 'Google Play Movies & TV' where it is (currently) only £3.49 (SD) or £4.49 (HD) to rent this film via either service - although I'd suggest taking a look at some possible free alternatives before you part with any money, because there may well be some free sources available online which offer streaming formats compatible with Roku. However, since my original idea for this month-long blogathon was to suggest thirty-one great Hallowe'en / Horror themed movies from the fang-tastic 'Shudder UK', I'm going to recommend that you stream it on your Roku device using their channel - if possible! ;-) :-)

If you haven't already added it to your channel selection, you will find "Shudder" listed among the "Film & TV" channels in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. You can easily add it to your Roku player(s) by navigating to the built-in 'Channel Store' (accessed via "Streaming Channels" from the home screen on your Roku device) and scrolling through the options until you see the channel icon (pictured above). It's completely FREE-TO-ADD so, once you've located it in the list of channels, just click the "OK" button on your Roku remote to select it and then click "OK" again where it says 'Add channel' to install it on your Roku player(s). Having done that, it's simply a case of launching the channel via the 'Go to channel' option and navigating the on-screen menu to log-in (if you already have an account, but haven't yet done so) or start your free trial (if you are new to the service) and, once you see 'Shudder TV' playing on the screen, just push the "DOWN" arrow on your Roku remote to get to the main menu... from where you can "Search" for "Repulsion", then press "OK" to select and 'Play' the 1965 movie by that name which, for the record, runs to 1h 45mins.


The good news for Roku users in the U.S. is that "Repulsion" (1965) is also available to stream via the 'Shudder' service in the United States. Rental options for Roku users in the USA come courtesy of 'Amazon Video', and 'Fandango Now', plus 'Google Play Movies & TV' where it is (currently) available for USD $2.99 (SD) or USD $3.99 (HD) while 'Vudu' (albeit 'SD' only) adds a fourth choice service for anyone without a subscription to 'Shudder'. Sadly the same cannot, however, be said for Canadian streamers... because, at the time of writing, this psychological horror thriller does not appear to be available to stream on Roku via 'Shudder' in Canada. Fortunately, there are a couple of rental options for Canadians... courtesy of 'Google Play Movies & TV' plus 'Cineplex', with both of these services asking CAD $3.99 (SD) or CAD $4.99 (HD) to rent this film. That said, there is an outside chance that you might be able to use Roku Screen Mirroring from Android mobile devices to stream "Repulsion" (1965) using a subscription to the 'iciTouTV' streaming service, if you happen to have a paid membership. Failing that there might be one or two other streaming resources at your disposal so, as suggested in previous posts from this series, it may be best to check for any possible free alternatives that could be available before you pay to watch this film elsewhere. If you get stuck, message me via Twitter: @ukrokuchannels and I'll see if I can sort you out with a link if need be! ;-)

Meanwhile, for that full cinema experience, here's a few of the other film posters that movie-goers in 1965 (and more recently) would have encountered depending on their location around the world:

Repulsion (1965) [Italian Poster #1]

Repulsion (1965) [Italian Poster #2]
PHOTO CREDIT: Benito's Movie Posters

Repulsion (1965) [French Poster #1]
PHOTO CREDIT: Senscritique

Repulsion (1965) [German Poster]

Repulsion (1965) [French Poster #2]
PHOTO CREDIT: Senscritique

Repulsion (1965) [Italian Poster #3]

Repulsion (1965) [Spanish Movie Poster]

Repulsion (1965) [U.S. One Sheet Poster]

Finally, to round-off this twelfth instalment in my month-long blogathon on 'Day Twelve' for this edition of the 'Countdown To Halloween', here's more FRIGHTENINGLY FUN FILM FACTS... for example: did you know that this film, along with "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) & "The Tenant" (1976), form a loose trilogy by Roman Polanski about the horrors of apartment/city dwelling? Or that, despite this being only Roman Polanski's first English language film, it was held in sufficiently high regard to make it into Steven Schneider's "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"? And, did you know that the scene in which Catherine Deneuve stumbles across a bridge and down the street was actually filmed at Hammersmith Bridge, in London?

Other interesting tidbits of trivia include the fact that "Repulsion" (1965) is also notable for featuring the first depiction of a female orgasm (sound only) to be passed by the British Board of Film Censors which might also explain why, when casting the film, Roman Polanski stated that the lead actress he required would have to be "an angel with a slightly soiled halo"!?! Speaking of the director, be sure to look out for a cameo by him (around the '1h 41m' mark) disguised as a woman, who you should be able to spot among the group of tenants which pour into Carol's South Kensington apartment! ;-) :-)


Anyhow, that's all I've got time for today... but do remember to come back again tomorrow, for my next macabre movie recommendation from the 'Shudder UK' streaming library, when I will suggest another film for 'Day Thirteen' of "Awesome Horror Streams for Hallowe'en Screams on Roku" right here on this blog. Meanwhile... please be sure to visit the Countdown To Hallowe'en website & show your support for this annual online Hallowe'en extravaganza PLUS don't forget to use the links you find there and check out all the other 'Cryptkeepers' taking part this year. I know they'll appreciate it, if you visit their blogs and share your thoughts on the contribution(s) they've made.


ONE LAST THING, BEFORE I GO: Don't forget that, aside from the Hallowe'en / Horror-themed ghastliness going on around these parts for the next month, you can also keep up with the UK Roku action (as it happens) by following the companion Twitter Feed: @ukrokuchannels where you will find that up-to-the-minute info on all things Roku-related is posted on a daily basis (well, almost).

Until the next time, then...

That's all folks !!

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