All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Pray for Rosemary's Baby
A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn't safe around their strange neighbors.
Roman Polanski's first American feature is a masterwork of outstanding direction, polished screenplay & stellar performances that may lean towards the supernatural in small doses but what truly makes it an enduring masterpiece of its genre is the seamless manner in which it employs the psychological elements of horror filmmaking into its premise by creating a chilling sense of dread, paranoia & suspense over the course of its runtime.
Based on the novel of the same name, the story of Rosemary's Baby takes place in the year of 1966 and concerns a young couple; struggling actor Guy Woodhouse & his lovely wife Rosemary, who move into a notorious apartment building in New York and are gleefully greeted by their elderly but eccentric neighbours.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Roman Polanski’s American debut is a masterfully crafted psychological horror full of portentous dread, palpable paranoia and a queasy atmosphere. Rather than relying on cheap jump scares and graphic horror it is a film that worms its way into your subconscious as its insidious terror takes hold. Although very much a story for and about its times there is an ageless quality to the film’s creeping and unstoppable evil.
Based on Ira Levin’s novel, Rosemary’s Baby tells the story of a paranoid young mother-to-be who believes her interfering elderly neighbours are the head of a coven of witches with nefarious intentions for her unborn child. It is a film loaded with subtext as it explores the divide between generations and…
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 27
I'm really at a loss for words to describe how much I love Rosemary's Baby. I always hate when writers say that because it feels supremely disingenuous, but I genuinely don't know how to properly express my appreciation for this wonderful film. I could harp on the standard beats I usually go through: its cinematography is dizzying in its precision, Rosemary's character and Mia Farrow's performance are daunting in both their depth and complexity, and the way it presents fear of faith (in yourself and those around you) is as haunting as it is mesmerizing. But this isn't really what makes the movie great.
Sure, I could read it as an exploration of the horrors…
It's 95 degrees outside; people are dying of the heat. But somewhere a baby is crying. Dressed in a white gown and blue robes, Rosemary recalls the Virgin Mary, as she walks through the linen-closet-cum-gates-of-hell to meet her child for the first time, knife poised in hand.
We all know who this baby is - that baby with the red eyes who she finally, gently, rocks in its pitch black bassinet with a subverted cross mobile.
Polanski leads us to this creepy, disturbing and - let's be honest - rather hilarious resolution with skill and subtlety, and so we, too, accept it, just as Rosemary accepts her "off"spring.
This is a story of love gone bad, of the classic swarthy…
Awful things happen in every apartment house.
Rosemary's Baby is but one of a multitude of older films that I have no idea if I've ever watched from beginning to end. If I did, chances are it was on television before cable was showing uncut films... so really that shouldn't count anyways. So for those reasons I'm not logging it as a rewatch, even though it seemed like I knew every single beat (surprisingly) of the film.
After this viewing I think it's my favorite Roman Polanski film. Based on Ira Levin's novel of the same name, the film is an exercise in filmmaking perfection. Watching it now especially, it feels like a breath of fresh air in…
With its allegorical layers and sly sense of humor, Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" is a horror film that succeeds thanks more to its well-rounded storytelling than its ability to frighten. To be sure, the film boasts its share of chilling moments, but those moments exist to serve the full fabric of the story and not the other way around.
"Rosemary's Baby" follows young Rosemary Woodhouse who, along with her husband, has just moved into a stately apartment. Wedded bliss turns less blissful when the Woodhouses find themselves pregnant and attracting the suffocating attention of their neighbors. Then, things get positively diabolical.
The narrative is straightforward, but puts forth tendrils of allegory and themes that are rich and clear. Under its…
In Rosemary's Baby a woman slowly surrenders her freedom to others out of trust, ignorance and politeness. She's at the mercy of everyone; her husband, the eccentric couple next door, her obstetrician. In a sweet, well-meaning way each of them gently coaxes her further into a primordial nightmare. The jammed sidewalks and rustic skyscrapers of Manhattan become a shrinking prison that boxes her in.
One morning, after a terrible dream, she wakes with scratches running down her back and her husband admits to having sex with her while she was unconscious. 'It was fun', he says, flitting distractedly around the apartment, 'in a necrophilic sort of way'. He acts as if this is perfectly normal, and he's so convincing that…
Quick fire reviews to help me catch up: Mia Farrow is amazing and this movie is ripe with tension and atmosphere. Do believe the hype.
The "submissive and passive female" theme was probably more easily acceptable in 1968, in 2015 Rosemary seems borderline retarded.
This movie makes me never want a baby because you just never know!!!
Thumbs Up: Whilst Mia Farrow is clearly the centrepiece of this whole thing (her frailty and self-doubt give the film a chilling sense of psychological isolation) I've always been totally enamoured with the Castevets - everything from their performances to their costume design, an emphasis on the mundane that makes their brand of evil so much more horrifying because it seems so plausibly commonplace. My favourite moment, the final scene, shows this off to awesome effect; whereas the film could easily end with Rosemary shouting "What have you done to its eyes!" and dropping the knife, we instead see Minnie pick it up, check the floor for marks, and then offer Rosemary a cup of tea.
Thumbs Down: Nada.
Overrated, read the book it's better
Rosemary's Baby is a creepy classic that while shows its age still is effective. The twist is still disturbing and the ending just gets under my skin. Mia Farrow gave a performance that makes the movie. Roman Polanski creates a horror classic that while being overshadowed by Exorcist still holds up on its own.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Catholic guilt and witchcraft combine to make one the most well-crafted horror films ever made.
For some reason, this was my third attempt at watching this. I'd get about 10 minutes in and stop. I don't know why because this movie is an extremely easy watch. The deliberate pacing sweeps through time and holds long on what's important.
It's just frightening. Everything about this is scary. The religion, the witchcraft, the idea that no one around you is trustworthy, being pregnant and helpless. There are no holes. The more I keep thinking about it, everything seems to be covered, especially considering Guy is an actor.
The performances are top notch. The neighbors (especially the old lady) and all of the…
Rosemary's Baby is one of the creepiest and chilling movies I've ever seen. Roman Polanski did a terrific job with his direction and Mia Farrow's performance was fantastic. Polanski took a difficult situation and made it believable, all the way to the very end of the film.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!