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Rosemary's Baby
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by Chris Parry

"Genuinely frightening in a way that's impossible to top 35 years later."
5 stars

The late 60’s/early 70’s were a great time for being scared in a movie theater – and I’m not talking about the fear of getting something sprayed on the back of your head in one of those Times Square theaters – I’m talking about genuine scary movies. The Exorcist had lesser-stomached folks throwing up in the aisles and The Omen couldn’t have left my mom and more freaked out. And let’s not even get into Soylent Green – IT’S PEOPLE, PEOPLE!

Rosemary’s Baby was one of those great 70’s flicks that helped put the Doris Day era out to pasture. Directed by Chinatown helmer (and convicted pedophile) Roman Polanski, there’s a very European feel to proceedings, as well as more than a little Hitchcock. Almost entirely taking place within the confines of a young married couple’s new apartment, the story tells of a young pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) who has a strange feeling that those around her aren’t exactly as they seem.

The neighbors are a kindly old couple, but they keep foisting strange brews on her that they assure her are good for her, and then there’s the doctor (whom they recommended) who assures her that the excruciating pain she’s experiencing is all a natural part of being pregnant. But what of the witches that used to live in the building, and the information she’s uncovered about her doctor’s secret past, and the strange deaths that seem to happen whenever someone looks like they might actually believe the girl’s story?

The real horror of Rosemary’s Baby isn’t in the spookiness of what goes on, but in the total lack of control that Farrow’s character has in her own life, and the paranoia that builds as more and more begins to go wrong for her. Can she trust her husband? Can she trust her doctor? Is it a baby growing inside her… or something else?

Polanski went ridiculously over budget and over time in the making of his film, but the result is one of those truly memorable enveloping film experiences where you come out the other side feeling exhausted and abused. Polanski would know this feeling very well when the notorious Manson family broke into his home and murdered his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, a year after this film was made. He again learned about the dark side when he fled the US after being convicted of the statutory rape of a 13-year-old. He has not returned to the United States since.

From tortured minds comes tortured brilliance, and there’s no doubt at all that Rosemary’s Baby has just that. It doesn’t resort to guts and gore or cheap scares – this is all about the psychology of losing control of your life, body and mind. Who can you really trust?

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User Comments

8/26/18 Linda Bright Mia Farrow's nudity in her sex scenes and the dream-sequence rape scene was so sexy! 5 stars
2/21/17 morris campbell creepy but overrated the omens better imo 4 stars
3/26/15 stanley welles an intelligent, effective horror featuring an excellent cast 5 stars
7/14/13 Marty This movie crushes the Omen. Better script, better acting, better film. 5 stars
2/02/13 David Hollingsworth Much imitated, never equaled. 5 stars
1/24/11 art I"M eating my word's once again!,ROSEMARY"S BABY BURRIES the OMEN!!! 4 stars
11/12/09 art THE DEFINITIVE film about a devil child! 3 stars
3/08/08 Pamela White not scary but suspenseful 4 stars
5/26/07 Kimberly Dull Amazing and truly scary. Love this movie. 4 stars
3/24/07 MP Bartley More a slow burning paranoid drama than a horror, but the last 20 minutes is great. 4 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini didn't find it very scary. 3 stars
9/17/06 gebhard this is true horror: no special effects, no blood - but it scares the hell out of you 5 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist Well below B-grade, Satan is too lazy&arrogant to f%*#k a wimpy mortal to spawn. 1 stars
7/26/05 malcolm the way suspense should be done. please never remake this! 5 stars
1/28/05 Monday Morning The feelgood movie of the '60s. The best. 5 stars
12/20/04 DM Brilliantly acted, superbly directed and just damn creepy. 5 stars
11/19/04 screb farrows great in it 5 stars
8/09/04 psycho dwarf Polanski's brainful of evil produces a wicked mindfvck. 5 stars
6/25/04 milehigh A wonderful psychological horror 4 stars
12/09/03 Samuel Either you like this movie or you don't! You who put just average should be slapped...HARD 5 stars
11/29/03 john brilliant and truly unsettling - a Polanski study in psychosis and horror 5 stars
10/14/03 Erik Van Sant Frightening and engaging. This is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Hail Satan! 5 stars
10/12/03 Shaq Dudes, I haven't really ever heard of this movie BUT IT FUCKING OWNED! I SUCK COCKS! 5 stars
7/27/03 Nix Garthim Far to brilliant and psychological for todays gore addicted "horror" fans. Best REAL horror 5 stars
7/15/03 Momma Jo Hansonfoupherhanselgretle DUMBASS MOVIE!!!!!!! HAHAHA!!!! WHAT A FUCKING FAKE 'HORROR' MOVIE! HAHA! DIE! DIE ROSMARY! 1 stars
4/10/03 Icebar Rosenrath Freakay. Does take a while to build interest, but once it does it pays off in numerous ways 5 stars
3/27/03 Ionicera great tense thriller with unexpected darkly comic ending 5 stars
1/30/03 Christi Nash so out of date and steeped in ignorant mythology that it doesn't frighten modern viewers 3 stars
1/30/03 Shazad Less is more! Polanski is tha' bomb!! 5 stars
1/23/03 Amanda Brown I didn't like the movie because they should have shown you the baby 2 stars
11/16/02 cyco it's written by ira levin baby! 5 stars
10/21/02 Charles Tatum Very cool, very creepy 5 stars
9/26/02 Monster W. Kung Annoying. Interesting premise, but far too slow and doesn't deliver enough in the end. 3 stars
5/25/02 Butterbean I guess that back in 1960 B.C. this would be considered to be scary and suspenseful. 3 stars
4/27/02 R.W. Welch A professional piece of work, but too far-fetched to really get into. 3 stars
3/17/02 Lady Leviathan I simply adore Roman Castevet. He's wonderful. 5 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Very dated, but some fun stuff in it. Ruth Gordon was a gem. 4 stars
12/09/01 canoecarrier Another of many masterpieces by Polanski. 5 stars
11/14/01 Zizzerzazzerzuzz What the hell is supposed to be frightening about this movie? I musta blinked & missed it. 1 stars
10/19/01 Andrew Carden Way Too Over The Top, and Basically Total Confusing and Extremly Boreness Throughout. 2 stars
7/31/01 Matthew Bartley Oh it's so dull apart from...WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HIS EYES?!?!?! 2 stars
4/09/01 Girl 9 Overrated! This film is VERY dated, more funny than scary..... 2 stars
3/16/01 GeorgE McCaul great direction by Polanski, and Farrow is incredible in the final scene. 5 stars
11/17/00 Sikamikaniko Simply Exquisit! Nothing happens, yet you´re sitting on needles all the way! 5 stars
11/01/00 Monday Morning This movie is uniformly excellent in every way. 5 stars
4/04/00 Robin Haines Gives you an old-fashioned case of the "willies" 5 stars
3/18/00 ciro scardina my favorite movie 5 stars
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