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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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
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…
There's this old couple that live upstairs from me... the woman reminds me of Minnie Castevet. She is always giving me baked goods... I was sitting here this morning with my coffee, watching the movie... and I could hear her shuffling around upstairs... and all I could think is that old bitch is poisoning me.
I suddenly no longer like that sweet little old lady anymore. I don't like apartment life... but what I really don't like, hate even, is DuLac for telling me to watch this.
An exceedingly disturbing portrait of a woman unable to control what happens to her own body. Timely!
Although Repulsion is more pure psychological horror, Rosemary’s Baby also works extremely well on that level, and brings body horror into the mix. The horror of the film comes not so much from the Satanists themselves, but from the fact that they come so close to convincing Rosemary (as well as the viewer) that it is all in her head.
I didn’t find this film quite as disturbing as Repulsion at first, but I think it’s growing on me. The conception sequence and the late sequence with the doctor both really shook me.
While all horror films scare the shit out of me,…
"I dreamed someone was raping me."
last time i watched this, probably 15 years ago, it bugged me. Rosemary's lack of agency felt dated, kind of a variation on that thing where some old thriller could never work today because cellphones. by some probably very rigid reckoning of representation she seemed remarkably passive. i feel stupid about that now because that agency isn't missing, it's been taken, systematically stolen and then co-opted, which is of course entirely the point.
My girlfriend got a stomachache from watching this.
Why yes, it was pretty bad.
Not to worry, though. It's stopped now.
The opening song for Rosemary's Baby is one of the most chilling and memorable themes in film, and it's fitting that the content of the film can match that. Unlike most horror, the film takes a while to establish characters and though there are a couple of ominous signs, the mood is quite light at the beginning of the film. This pacing allows the situation to be more believable, and as the audience invests in the characters we too share Rosemary's horror as the events unfold. For example, Guy's lumbering method of undressing is much more akin to reality than what most cinema will depict. Surprisingly the change of mood is not brought by the unusual death of Terry, but…
The beginning of Bad Decision Monday. Took an Ambien, watched this and then The Blair Witch Project, and looked at someone's Facebook wall that I shouldn't have. Go, Kymberlie.
It had been a long time since I'd seen this movie, so I'd forgotten how good it was at building the tension (Is her husband involved in this? Is she really crazy?). I also had no idea who Ruth Gordon was them and was happy to see her in another movie.
Also also: How fucking big was that apartment? Holy shit. It was huge.
There's something ineffable about this film that fills me with insane anxiety whenever I watch it. Part of it is certainly the tone, part of it is certainly a woman being gaslit when she's most vulnerable, but there's something else as well. Perhaps it's the way it's savage darkness (from the intense rape scene to the genuinely frightening way Rosemary begins to look like a skeleton) juxtaposes with it's old-fashioned production values. Night of the Living Dead (also from 1968) worked in a similar manner. Or perhaps it's just the mise-en-scene, the way Polanski frames Rosemary with hallways and doorways, shrinking her presence as she loses control, feeling more and more trapped.
One distracting part of watching this in 2014…
Great movie. Incredibly scary and well drawn out. Would have preferred a more climatic ending, oh well. Cult films freak me out.
Another one I've been in dire need of getting round to watching and although I absolutely loved many aspects of Rosemary's Baby, there were some things that I feel ave not dated all that well.
Looking at the positives this film's script is really amazing and the way it is shot is great too. Polanski does immensely well in making you feel the audience feel really uneasy throughout the picture. Little things like the closet, the necklace, the strange drinks and herbs given to Rosemary throughout her pregnancy aren't all that scary on their own but together they all add to this really unsettling feeling I felt whilst watching this.
In addition to the general tone of the movie, its…
This was a real cracker of a film. Holds up well today. A very eery story that keeps you guessing as to what is really going on. Very well made and some great setting for all the story to unfold. Certainly doesnt look like it was made all those years ago which is a testament to the film making skills of Polanski.
I Like 1968's Rosemary's Baby, I Like It Because I Don't Believe In Satan Just God.
no part of this movie was even remotely scary i was so disappointed...wiLL NOT WATCH AGAIN
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