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Rebekah Owens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325130

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325130.001.0001

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Polanski and Horror: Rosemary’s Baby

Polanski and Horror: Rosemary’s Baby

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(p.15) Chapter 1: Polanski and Horror: Rosemary’s Baby
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Macbeth
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Rebekah Owens

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325130.003.0002

This chapter considers Roman Polanski's approach to the genre and horror output before the film Macbeth. It discusses Polanski's 1965 work Repulsion, that centres around Carol Ledoux and her disintegrating sanity, which is expressed from her subjective viewpoint. It also mentions how Repulsion showed Polanski as a master of the craft of psychological horror. The chapter looks at the Gothic aspects of the horror genre that is recorded in Polanski's autobiography, where he wrote of his experiences watching horror films in Paris. It details how Polanski decided to make a horror film that was designed to make people laugh, rather than the unintentional merriment that Hammer horror had provoked.

Keywords:   Roman Polanski, Repulsion, psychological horror, Gothic horror, horror genre, horror film

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