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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 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…
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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…
A very creepy film that shows Roman Polanski can deliver horror just as well as he does drama and crime thrillers. I had only watched The Pianist and Chinatown from him previously so it was very interesting to see his roots as a director. Rosemary’s Baby has a slow build up but it successfully makes the viewer constantly suspicious of almost every character that surround our protagonist. The unsettling atmosphere helps boosting the suspense and the performances are terrific. Mia Farrow alternates being fragile and glowing, showing that her character can be pretty multifaceted. Her protective and motherly side lead her to the ultimate test by the end, which was quite powerful to see. John Cassavetes is also great and very subtle in this role. Rosemary’s Baby is a truly unnerving experience and nothing short of amazing.
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…
Good film mate some spooky bits
A haunting and paranoid horror film from director Roman Polanski.
My first time watching this movie, and unfortunately it didn't impact me as much as I hoped. I'll have to rewatch this at some point.
Overall Enjoyment 6/10
Recomendada especialmente a las damas. Con mucho cariño, <3.
The first time I had seen this I thought it was just ok.
What a difference several years makes. From the "Hey you were asleep so I just had sex with you anyway" to the total destruction of any of Rosemary's means of escape, this is one of the more truly horrifying visions I've seen.
Roman Polanski's diabolically camp satanic nightmare remains one of his most purely enjoyable films, however ridiculously overwrought it may now seem. The adaptation of Ira Levin's novel is stylishly rendered by the controversial director's keen eye and sly sense of humour, but it is Mia Farrow's wonderfully raw, committed performance as the pregnant Rosemary that captivates, drawing us in to her truly terrifying psychosis as she is tortured by demonic visions and the suspected betrayal of her weak husband (John Cassavetes), who has literally sold his soul to the devil. Deliciously macabre.
The second time watching this. I never realized quite how creepy this movie is. I think the last time I saw this, I was 19?
Her husband went to chat with the Satanists what, like once? That was all it took for him to sell out the person he'd been married to for five years. Then again, it really showcases how tenuous the social contract between men and women really was in the late sixties.
Words can't describe masterpieces.
Die gängigste Übersetzung für das englische Adjektiv "creepy" ist gruselig, unheimlich. Das ist zwar korrekt, aber der Anglizismus beinhaltet noch viel mehr, er beschreibt eine Atmosphäre, eine Aura, eine Spannung, die sich nicht durch billige Effekte aufdrängt, sondern im wahrsten Sinn „unter die Haut“ geht. Ein weiteres Wort, dem die deutschen Übersetzungen nicht ganz Rechnung tragen können, ist eerie, ebenfalls als unheimlich, gespenstisch zu verstehen, und auch im Englischen sehr viel mehrdeutiger. Die englischen Worte beischreiben schlicht die Gefühle besser, die bei Roman Polanskis Film "Rosemaries Baby" aufkommen. Natürlich kann man ihn schlicht als unheimlich beschreiben, aber die einzigartige Atmosphäre ist eben auch sehr creepy/eerie. Wenn man ihn ansieht, wird man schnell wissen, warum die angelsächsischen Wörter den Film besser…
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