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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There's got to be some kind of rational explanation.
The world of Rosemary's Baby is divided in two: there's the clean, sterile surface world, the world of logic, control, of ticking tocks and the gentle hum of the television. This world is in the grips of modernity and that isn't going to change any time soon. Essentially, what we see is what we get. But when Rosemary and Guy arrive at their apartment for the first time, they're greeted by somebody, somewhere offscreen, gently practicing their scales on the piano. This immediately lends a dreamlike air to the Woodhouses' apartment, subtly introducing the viewer to Roman Polanski's unique type of worldbuilding, where offscreen sound is used as a bridge from…
Polanski never disappointed me till now.
Almost all movies are good at starting,some will start the story from the middle or some starts from the end and the audience can be brought into the movie by this kind of screenplay and by we can make them to listen what's happening by telling the story from the middle but very few can maintain the thrill,interest and feel throughout the movie.Polanski can handle it.Mostly he does open screenplay but he is good at it.
One of those rare moments where the stars seem to align. A simply astonishing performance from Mia Farrow, Polanski masterfully building tension until it froths into paranoia, and a story nightmarish in its plausibility. Not to mention the terrific ensemble cast and gorgeous score. Has there ever been a better horror movie?
A taut psychological thriller with visceral cinematography and a haunting atmosphere.
What a weird movie. I'm sure that the director wanted his movie to feel weird, so I guess he succeeded, but still. I enjoyed the themes of gender roles and how crazy pregnancy can be. This movie's horror came from a young pregnant girl trying to escape those who were simply trying to care for her. Its psychological, as we the audience never know who is the real crazy one. However, this movie is all concept. Its run time is abused and instead of building horror, the long scenes only made me bored.
Love the slow burn of this movie. Yet every moment makes sense. Most certainly one of the greatest movies ever made.
Favorite moment -- when Rosemary is in the kitchen with Ruth Gordon and she looks down the hall to see where her husband is talking with Roman -- and all we see is smoke curling around the corner.
Watched the movie as reference for possible TAG pitch.
A good example of why you shouldn't try and befriend your neighbors.
What director Roman Polanski does here is quite remarkable in invoking the fear and paranoia of young motherhood encapsulated in the visage of gothic horror. The film is utterly chilling. Mia Farrow is at the top of her game, earning sympathy and affection as she endures what can only be described as a living nightmare; her Rosemary feels helpless and vulnerable as those she looks to for assistance and support are precisely the ones who have put her in this predicament. And what a horrific predicament that is.
- 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