Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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Plot: A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One of the Best

 

Story: Rosemary’s Baby starts as we see happy young couple the Woodhouse’s Rosemary (Farrow) and Guy (Cassavetes) as they find themselves a new apartment in New York City. After they find their dream apartment they find out they have an elderly couple next door Minnie (Gordon) and Roman (Blackmer) who become overly friendly with the Woodhouse couple.

When Rosemary and Guy announce they are planning to have a baby the neighbours take notice and after a vivid dream including being raped by a demon Rosemary finds out that she is pregnant. As Rosemary’s pregnancy is going on she is warned now to read books or talk to friends by Minnie and Roman’s doctor Dr Sapirstein (Bellamy). As the time for the birth comes closer Rosemary learns the terrifying truth about what she is carry and who she can trust.

Rosemary’s Baby is a simple horror story looking into the witch and devil worshipping style of life, remember that this is before the internet could answer the problems. The story also shows the affects pregnancy has on a first time mother who listens to the wrong type of advice but doesn’t know any better. The tension being used through this film is brilliant as you just wonder how things will end up.

 

Actor Review

 

Mia Farrow: Rosemary is our young woman that recently married who wants start a family, but when she finds herself being used by her devil worshipping neighbours the pregnancy doesn’t go as planned she learns the truth about the baby she is carrying. Mia is brilliant in this leading role as we feel her terror through every single scene.

John Cassavates: Guy is the husband to Rosemary, a struggling actor who befriends the next door neighbours. His career starts to take off just as Rosemary becomes pregnant as he wants to follow the rules they have made for the pregnancy. John is good in this supporting role where we see his true motives through the story.

Ruth Gordon: Minnie is one of the neighbours that befriends the Woodhouse couple, she doesn’t want to stay out of their lives almost controlling each and every move Rosemary makes. Ruth won herself an Oscar for this supporting role that is overly clingy and obsessive.

Sidney Blackmer: Roman is the husband to Minnie that has found a way to talk Guy into listening to his stories becoming a father figure to him. Sidney is good in this supporting role throughout the film.

Support Cast: Rosemary’s Baby has a supporting cast that do help the story unfold be it the doctor helping with the pregnancy, we also have the older friend that knows the answers to what is going on.

Director Review: Roman PolanskiRoman may well be a controversial man but you can’t question he knows how to make an overly creepy film throughout.

 

Horror: Rosemary’s Baby is one of these horrors that will stick with you for years to come with the creepy feel being used throughout the film.

Settings: Rosemary’s Baby keeps most of the story within the apartment that Rosemary is living as we follow through the pregnancy.
Special Effects
: Rosemary’s Baby has good effects when needed but isn’t a film that turns to the effects to make everything happen.

Suggestion: Rosemary’s Baby is one for all the horror fans out there to have seen at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Farrow is brilliant.

Worst Part: Nothing.

Oh My God Moment: Making the baby.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Budget: $2.3 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 16 Minutes

Tagline: Pray for Rosemary’s Baby

 

Overall: An all time classic.

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4 comments on “Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

  1. There was also a TV remake with Zoe Saldana that Im curious about but it wont be as good. This is a horror classic in terms of tone and atmosphere. Love It, The Demon rape scene is still haunting to this day

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