Issue 71: Repulsion
Repulsion: The strange attraction of dark emotions, vile acts and messed up characters
To coincide with the BFI’s extended run of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, we look at the repellent anti-hero of Maniac in our Comic Strip Review, the disgust caused by the hellish David Mamet-scripted Edmond, and vomit in film. Our Reel Sounds column is on the beautiful score to the shockingly disturbing Cannibal Holocaust.
In cinema releases, we review great horror anthology V/H/S, melancholy vampire reverie Midnight Son and harsh animation The King of Pigs, which deals with the brutality of South Korean society. We have a feature on Tarantino’s latest cult homage Django Unchained and its place in the long-running Django saga. And we have an interview with Jen and Sylvia Soska about their brilliant American Mary, starring Katharine Isabelle as a disillusioned former medical student who gets increasingly drawn into the underground world of illicit surgery.
American Mary: A feminist horror film?: Writer and director Jennifer Eiss and freelance journalist Evrim Ersoy discuss the Soska twins’ description of their provocative American Mary as ‘feminist horror’ with Virginie Sélavy.