Rosemary’s Baby

Dir. Roman Polanski
IMDb 8.0/10 – Rotten Tomatoes 98%
Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
#9 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills
Won Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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Rosemary’s Baby is a great movie that blends paranoia with the supernatural in a realistic way. The story begins with a young couple Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her husband who is a struggling actor Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes). They are in search of a apartment to move into with future plans of having children. The apartment they choose belongs to a lady who just past away with a lot of old books and paintings; so they decide to move in and make it their own. Soon after they meet the peculiar neighbors Roman Castevet (Sydney Blackmer) and Minnie Castevet (Ruth Gordon). The Castevet’s invite the Woodhouse’s over for dinner one night and after that Guy develops a strange attraction towards them. This sets up a bond between the couples, and allows Mrs. Castevet to spike some chocolate Mousse that she gives to Rosemary in order for her to become unconscious. However Rosemary doesn’t fully drink it, so shes only partially affected. This sets the film up for the satanic ritual; to have the Devil to impregnate Rosemary. Unaware of all this; Rosemary continues through the film with concern over the safety of her child, and the fear that her neighbors has a special plan for the child.

This is a brilliant 1968 film from Roman Polanski under the genre of Horror – Mystery – Drama. It’s kind of sad that horror movies just aren’t like this anymore. Though this movie is slightly different from most, and here is why. The movie starts off pretty well paced with strange things happening and the couple not doing too much to investigate. Typically a big recurrence in this genre. Partial way through the film the famous scene with Satan happens, which is pretty spooky with a very neat dreamlike effect happening. After that we already know who’s baby that is, why this all happened, and that her fate is inevitable; but it works brilliantly. Now we sit back while watching Rosemary’s appearance become very frail, which is opposite to what happens when you are pregnant. Dramatic Irony plays the big role here, however it was very mysterious as the pregnancy carried out. The information Rosemary dug up and shady people around her helped keep the interest. All leading up to the disturbing end.

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The overall acting of the entire cast was solid. Sydney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon played the old creepy couple next door extremely well. I enjoyed the performance from John Cassavetes as Guy. I hear a lot about him and his influence on film, so it was great to watch him act. This is also the first time I’ve seen Mia Farrow act, and I was fully convinced that the experience she was going through was real. No complaints in that department.

Something that I feel could boosted the film up a little higher would be the inclusion of another horrifying scene. The mysterious atmosphere in the movie was great but I could only imagine how another horrifying scene would benefit better this film. Also the trailer for this film was a little misleading. I remember before watching this movie I watched the trailer and it appeared as if nothing was going to be creepy and that there would be a lot of dull dialogue. That may just be me, but I would recommend just going into the film with a little knowledge and enjoying the ride.

Rating: ★★★★ / ★★★★★

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“I dreamed someone was raping me. I think it was someone inhuman.”

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