A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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 may contain 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 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. The…
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…
If I lived in that fucking gorgeous apartment in The Dakota you wouldn't see me complaining about my demon baby
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…
so.....good. the hecklv
As a first time watch for me, Rosemary's Baby was not "scary" to me at all. It's barely even creepy. It is, however, a cinematic masterpiece and an icon when it comes to film. The fact that it got a Criterion release is testament enough to that. The older generation (my mother, my friends' parents) insist that Rosemary's Baby gave them nightmares when they saw it in theaters back in '68. Now, I don't know if I've been desensitized by years and years of 80's horror gore and graphic violence in slashers and the like, but I watched this movie as a drama rather than horror. It is a very very slow burn, but it's definitely worth it.
At any rate, I highly suggest this movie purely based on its legacy and unrivaled spot as one of the most iconic films in "horror" history.
Pregnancy never seemed more frightening than this. Throw in some Satan worship into the mix and then we have something else entirely. Actresses Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon deserve credit for elevating this horror movie beyond just an entertaining popcorn flick. Roman Polanski settles for building tension and scares through mood and a growing sense of paranoia throughout. On a whole one can consider it a supernatural thriller. It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth by the end and that is probably what makes Rosemary's Baby so special.
It also has a sort of gloss about it that helps accentuate the eeriness. And as to be expected from Polanski we get to see some of his visual style come…
This still gives me major anxiety.
One of the most unique horror movies I've seen. It has a lot of creative techniques in the editing and cinematography which adds to its dreadful atmosphere. However, it was very slow and I don't think the runtime was justified considering that some parts (I thought) were unnecessary.
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That Polanski, what a rascal
A film that most certainly would not fit the mold of the average horror film released today. I never felt truly scared by this movie. There were scenes that I found disturbing considering how grounded in reality the film feels as it takes its time building the main characters, especially Rosemary, and their plights through the course of the film. It may be my exposure to modern horror that had me feeling like the movie was dragging through several stretches. I can understand that the film is a 1960s horror film and it's also a psychological horror film. It's not attempting to shock you with graphic, frightening imagery. Polanski is attempting to get into your mind and under your skin…
I don't know about you, but I must say that I rather like Rosemary's haircut. But then again, I've always had a thing for short hair. What can I say.
Well what I should say is something more relevant to "Rosemary's Baby", which really is tremendous. Roman Polanski puts the atmosphere of the film into firm focus. It's sinister; insidious in a way which leaves an impression on you.
There are a couple of terrifying things about the story. The first of them is the fact that Rosemary becomes a hostage within her own situation. She's locked into this world where it becomes normal for her to lose all of her autonomy, where the buttons are pushed for her in…
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A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…