Director: Andrzej Żuławski
Dreadfully beautiful, intense and fearless. The whole movie is 'possessed' by the madness of its lead characters, filled with frantic camera shots, shrieking psychotic actors and bizarre sequences of crying ballerinas, milky subway births and grotesque alien sex (slimy tentacles and all). It grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. A political allegory disguised as a horror movie, this isn't one for traditional, mainstream horror fans. Ultimately it is an art house movie with some surrealist flourishes and a high quotient of gore. Isabelle Adjani's performance is a revelation. She manages to be beautiful, fragile and utterly monstrous at the same time. Beyond everything you imagined regarding passion, hysteria, madness and human psyche. It is a perfect marriage of art, horror, sci-fi, 'trash' and gothic melodrama. ...