Pray for Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary’s Baby is a classic psychological horror film from Roman Polanski about a young couple who move into a New York apartment to start a family and have a baby. Things soon turn ugly as Rosemary believes her baby isn’t safe around their strange neighbors.
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…
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,…
Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes act the fuck out of this movie.
As the camera pans across the New York skyline with the ghostly lullaby theme playing in the background, I am reminded of another classic Horror film: The Shining.
Stanley Kubrick took heavy inspiration from this film when directing his seminal masterpiece. HE even had the actors and crew involved watch this film on set to put them in the right frame of mind. There are some very Kubrickian elements to Rosemary’s Baby that not only inspired him, but countless other movies and directors alike. The slow burn suspense filled mystery tale directed by Roman Polanski is a classic movie on all counts. I’m reluctant to call it horror per se, because there are only a few scenes that contain genuine…
Lots and lots of good reviews out there for this one, so I'd just like to take a moment to acknowledge how great John Cassavetes is in this. His sickly suave way of trying to mask the sociopathy that he harbors is really fascinating. You can tell that there's greed and rage bubbling under the surface of every scene that he's in, and it manifests itself into this weird nervous energy that Cassavetes the actor could do better than anyone else. He's this pent up ball of malice with a creepy smile on his face, and it's mesmerizing. In a movie where (spoiler alert) A WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO THE ACTUAL SPAWN OF SATAN, it's pretty impressive that Cassavetes still comes off as the most evil character in the entire thing. Can you imagine how different the film would have been if Robert Redford was cast in this role like Polanski and Paramount wanted?
YES. Gotta love the feeling of seeing a truly great movie for the first time. I'm tempted to give this 5-stars but on a first watch I'll be conservative. But wow.
This is a perfect example of the kind of movie I love. Above all else, it has great characters, terrific dialogue, and a perfect mood. I could watch these people live their lives for hours and be perfectly content. Everything else, the "horror" aspects, that's all just decoration. I actually enjoy the build up more than the climax, similar to 2001 and The Shining. This movie feels very similar to those two, and almost as iconic.
And it's all more proof that Polanski is(was?) one of the best directors…
Satan only knows why it took my 29 years to watch this classic film. It was just one of those things I knew was good, but kept putting off and putting off 'til the time was right. It's quite a slow burn, which is right up my alley. It did a fantastic job of dropping hints without totally being obvious about them. It planted the seeds early on and let the story grow into a menacing, tension-filled climax. The setups and payoffs were outstanding. I can't enough about how ahead of its time Rosemary's Baby felt. It's one of those films where the second the credits roll, you just want to go discuss it with all your friends that have seen it, even if you're 29 years late.
not even scary! just disturbing a bit.
Witty, subtle, insidiously creepy chiller is queasy/eerie from the start, and has disturbing dream sequences.
mia farrow is mai waifu
Klassiker hin oder her, ich war von Rosemary's Baby doch ziemlich enttäuscht. Trotz netter Inszenierung und ein paar schönen Shots von New York war mir das ganze zu zäh. Am schlimmsten sind die nervigen Charaktere von denen nur der alte Familienfreund Hutch halbwegs sympathisch ist. Besonders Mia Farrow als Rosemary ging mir mit ihrem ewig leidenden Blick und ihrer Unfähigkeit etwas zu unternehmen schnell auf den Zeiger. Leider passiert in dem Film auch nicht wirklich viel, nur in den letzten 10 Minuten kommt so etwas wie Spannung auf und wenn es wirklich interessant wird ist der Film vorbei.
Ich mag auch diesen Oldschool-Kram, aber Rosemary's Baby konnte mich einfach nicht packen. Aus filmhistorischer Sicht auf jeden Fall wichtig, aber leider schlecht gealtert.
Watched it again having read Ira Levin's source book. A very faithful adaptation.
The only cast member that I think is miscast is Hutch.
I have decided that John Cassavetes is a poor man's Warren Beatty. That may be unfair though.
I knew absolutely nothing about this before watching it. I didn't even know it was a horror. Imagine my surprise.
First time viewing for this, and it was quite different to what I expected. Another viewing is needed...
Well, it's disturbing, that's for sure. The characters are believable, and ultimately it is one of the better horror movies of all time. Since almost no special effects were used, it holds up to the standard of today's movies (for those who are put off by old films).