All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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.
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.…
First watch of Hoop-Tober 2.0. Rosemary and Guy, a young couple planning to have three children in the foreseeable future, move into a new apartment, infamous for its history of housing some of New York’s most frightening horrors. As soon as Rosemary gets pregnant she begins to increasingly suspect her nosy neighbours to plan to inflict harm upon her unborn baby. Telling you more about the plot would be a sin! I went into this without knowing anything about it, except for the critical acclaim, and was surprised big time again and again by the twisty plot and the haunting atmosphere that kicks in directly after one very, very peculiar scene. The premise, once fully unfolded, of Rosemary’s Baby is…
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…
Throughout my viewing of ROSEMARY'S BABY, I didn't think it was much more than a smart, thrilling, well-acted psychological thriller. It wasn't until the penultimate shot that I realized it's a horror film with a subtext about the power of maternity. A theme that has been echoed in various recent horror films--and you can thank ROSEMARY'S BABY for setting this well crafted precedent.
Creepy Satanic old people are so much creepier than creepy Satanic children.
Rosemary's Baby is almost perfect. What it isn't, though, is particularly likeable. I find it difficult to believe there's someone out there who might say, "You know what, I really love this movie". It's grim, smart and plays with audience expectation in a way that unleashes terror; and it does it so well that Polanski doesn't even need to show you what's in the cradle...
Did a small jump away from the silent movies on my "greatest films" journey to something a lot more recent. In honor of Halloween, I decided to watch one of my all time favorites.
The colors jumped out at me a lot more this time, as did the fact that Damien is the child of rape. I don't know why that stood out so much but it really seems pretty fitting when you think about it.
Even when she's evil, Ruth "Maude" Gordon is still an absolute scene stealing charmer.
There's not much else to say about this that hasn't been written ad-nauseum. I love it and it's a horror film in, what I think, is the most true sense.
Can't wait until next October...
Film 13/30 of Scavenger Hunt #1!
Task #20: "A psychological thriller film!"
Rosemary's Baby tells the story of the young couple Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes) who just arrived in their new appartment.
The movie begins with an aerial shot of the buidings in New York accompanied by a beautiful music, that sets straightaway the tone of the story.
From a modern point of view about story arcs and surprising endings it's a little too predictable, but the beauty of the movie lies on the setting, the atmosphere, character development and the obvious conspiracy of all old people.
The most important thing you have to notice is the evolution of Rosemary's appereance, starting as a lively, young woman and becomes more and more suspicious, defensive and psychopathic.
I really liked this movie mostly because it creates a nice and suspenseful atmosphere through the whole runtime, an exceptional psychological thriller.
just as suspenseful and awesome as the first watch. my mom hated the ending, i dont get it! how?! you've gotta watch it.
Shit was crazy, yo.
fuck man that shit is creepy af!!!! so good tho!!! i really hate supporting roman polanskis films 'cause he is absolutely disgusting but holy shit man this film is fantastic!
god is dead
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!