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…
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…
Boy, was I wrong.
When I went on Letterboxd to log this rewatch I found a three star rating staring at me. Sometimes I want to kick my 18 year old self in the nutsack and tell him to open his eyes.
Ira Levin's work should be appreciate more. He is a wonderful storyteller and Rosemary's baby is perhaps his finest work. Polanski's adaptation is a prime example of how a novel should be translated to film. He has distilled it to its core and read the atmosphere of the story perfectly. He focusses on character, invests in the protagonists and thus sucks the audience into the increasingly oppressive spiral of paranoia and madness.
The story is at its core…
The film has lingered in the memory since I first saw it. There may never be a better looking picture. Farrow is astounding.
Goddamn is this a beautiful, rich, effective movie.
Polanski, for pretty obvious reasons, can not really be argued to be a feminist. Even aside from the fact that he sexually assaulted a thirteen year old, his movies often (and often effectively) exploit notions of feminine fragility and volatility (i.e. Repulsion). So it's a kind of a shock that this movie works extremely well as a depiction of how a woman trapped in a domestic sphere can be exploited by institutional power--How a certain way of living (that was rapidly deteriorating at the time this movie was made) keeps women ignorant and makes it easy to dismiss women as hysterical. What you have here is a woman being told not to…
In the mood for slow burn horror lately.
Which shows you that even a rapist can make a feminist film.
One of my favourite horror films. Great character development.
A classic Polanski masterpiece. If you haven't seen it, slap your parents, grab some popcorn and enjoy one of the greatest witch stories ever told.
The feminist reading here is very clear. The "hysteria" of a woman turns out to be true (spoiler alert? kinda?), and this group of mostly men or their loyal wives take advantage of a woman when she is at her weakest, but also her most powerful and threatening to men: when she is doing the one thing they cannot. The power of this film is incredible, and palpable purely from Mia Farrow's performance. What an amazing film.
Driven by Polanski's modern direction and a knock-out performance from Farrow, "Rosemary's Baby" is a terrifying story of a mother, her baby, and the friendly neighborhood satanist cult living next door.
Omen: The Origins
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…