All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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.
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.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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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…
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…
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…
Okay, story time. I rarely get terrified nowadays. Not by movies, not by video game and not really by anything else. Sure, i might get a ''Oh shit that was creepy'' reaction but not really a ''Fuckfuckfuck i'll never go to sleep again'' and that saddens me. I didn't think i'd miss being scared this much but i do! And that's one of the reasons why i keep trying to find something similar to the feeling when i first saw Gremlins as a 11 year old and didn't get as much as a second of sleep that night. So when i did find a horror movie that gave me that feeling again i didn't expect it to be this one.…
I loved this film the first time I watched it and have loved it as much with every viewing.
I love the casting, the writing, the music, the editing, the fashion, the continuous Vidal Sasson name dropping... The 0.5 knocking Polanski's piece off getting a 5 is Hutch. He, for me, is the weak link. His character is vague and odd (I know he's a bit part but why and how is this this old codger friends with Rosemary?). Going to watch it again now.
Acting is nothing groundbreaking, but none take away from the experience. Each character contributes to the menacing undertone of the film with relative ease.
On one hand, to modern viewers, this is a fairly predictable story. On the other, it delivers a solid sense of mystery, each with a dreary piece of the puzzle falling slowly into the story. It's engaging, and though it results in an underwhelming finale, it's the journey there that succeeds.
It's not a particularly gorgeous film, with rather boring cinematography. It does succeed, however, in some great set pieces and good costume and character design. You'll remember Rosemary, but you might be unable to recall any memorably good-looking scenes.…
Brilliantly bizarre, oddly humourous and masterfully directed.
Felt dated, Mia Farrow is great
The story of a young housewife who slowly suspects that everyone around her are out to take away and harm her unborn child. Great cast performances, especially Ruth Gordon and Mia Farrow.
The ultimate in psychological horror. Polanski effortlessly creates an entire malevolent world of witches and Satanists dwelling in 60's New York. God is dead, Hail Satan!
I had no idea that this movie would be so funny. Almost fifty years later, it's still full of life.
Who left all this Kleenex around my Laserdisc?
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
most recent update - Friday, November 22, 2014
The letterboxd crew has unveiled a new feature that allows users to…