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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.
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…
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.…
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…
This was a really well made film and it had some real moments of terror.
Super weird moments and that conception scene is going to stay with me for a while. Eww.
Even better than it was for my revelatory first viewing. Every second of this movie is brilliant and perfect. Not only the best horror film ever made but one of the best films, period. Everything from Polanski's hyper-expressive, perfectly-calibrated camera to Cassavetes' performance to the unsettlingly lopsided script is deserving of all the frothy superlatives I can throw at it.
Do not remake this film. Do not produce a sequel. Definitely do not produce a prequel. Never make a TV series. Leave it alone.
An absolute horror classic, that should be left untouched, and admired for the true beauty that it is.
"You mean you actually paid for it?"
Rosemary's Baby is a whole different movie when seen a second time. You notice the hints; every line, interaction, look and directing decision begin to make sense. It's almost like a behind the scenes of how Polanski manipulated the first-time viewers.
If you're interested in the exact mechanics Polanski used to grip you in your first watch, give it another look.
A very, very, very, late to the party, first-time viewing.
Holy crap... I loved it!
Such a great, moody, creepy, horror film.
I wish I had viewed it sooner. Glad I finally watched it!
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Jesus Christ, what an experience (or should I say Antichrist...)
I know I'm probably going to come off sounding like some naive jackass in this review but here we go.
It's not to say that I didn't like this, because I liked a good deal of it but then that second hour comes along and I slowly started to lose interest. I hope most people can agree with me that they could've shaved off like 30-45 mins of this and it still would've been fine. That second hour really, really drags on and felt like just a lot of running around to keep the audience entertained. I mean come on, after the Satanic rape scene it drops off more and more as it goes along. It's not the mind-game witch…
When it hit theaters, Rosemary’s Baby shocked audiences, not so much for its small amount of lurid content as for its tightrope walk between portraying diegetic reality and the radical subjectivity. Rosemary is a normal woman, perhaps a little naïve, maybe even superstitious, but is she the hallucinatory victim of the mind’s proactive creations? Davide Caputo finds that even sustained treatments of the story elements cannot prove conclusive. Rosemary’s Baby must remain bifurcated, a sustained exercise in sensory skepticism.
In addition to being a psychological trap, Polanski’s film is visually beautiful—extraordinarily so. Using Technicolor, William F. Fraker built an atmosphere of idyllic apartment-bound living, with natural light illuminating pastel walls and Mia Farrow’s fair skin and hair. Not since Meet…
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!