Fave Film #71 – Rosemary’s Baby

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Cast – Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes 

Director- Roman Polanski

Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Rosemary and Guy move into a new building in New York City and decide to start a family.  Their eccentric neighbors befriend them and Guy’s career takes off.  When Rosemary gets pregnant the happy occasion is marred by the pain she is in.  There is something off about their neighbors and the conversations heard from their apartment. 

Why I love it-I would call this a psychological horror film.  The acting is so subtle that it is brilliant and for a horror film that is a rare treat.  The innocence and vulnerability of Rosemary and the undoing of Guy are perfect.  And I love that behind the friendly facades of neighbors, Roman and Minnie, lurk secrets best kept. 

I am surprised at how well this movie has aged.  It’s over 40 years later and it is still haunting.  Those dream sequences were just plain creepy without being too over the top.  I am not a horror fan.  Most horror movies are just so ridiculous that they are not scary at all.  Not so with this one.  I was very scared for Rosemary.

So what is the deal with Rosemary’s baby?  It is still such a part of pop culture that it really is a must see.  In the past week since I watched this again I’ve heard it mentioned on two television shows.

A young Charles Grodin also makes an appearance.  I couldn’t find a clip from the movie that wasn’t way too long, so this is a clip of Ruth Gordon accepting her Oscar.  They do play the creepy movie music. 

7 thoughts on “Fave Film #71 – Rosemary’s Baby

  1. Kathy says:

    I have never seen this movie. I know it’s one of the best movies every made but it just seems to scary for me. Honestly, your review just reiterates that :o) I’m like you, psychological horror scare me more than the “slasher” films (which I don’t watch either…lol).

  2. Violet says:

    I picked this book up from a book sale at dirt cheap price. I really didn’t know a thing about it but I loved it. Theres a sequel too. Have you read it.

    I want to see this movie too. Maybe someday 🙂

    Haven’t read the book, but should pick it up.

  3. Jo-Jo says:

    I also loved this movie as I am quite a fan of scary movies. But you are right, nowadays it seems like it has to be a slasher film to be considered a scary movie, and I just don’t go for that at all. They just don’t make them like they used to!

    Slasher movies don’t really entertain me. After 10 minutes I’m bored.

  4. Bumbles says:

    I love all horror/thriller/slasher/psycho movies. All styles, all eras. But I have never seen this because my mom said she watched it read it when she was pregnant with me, her first child, and it gave her nightmares and pretty much ruined the joy of being an expectant mother. I’m thinking she must have read it since I was born 2 years after it was released. Which means she was even more crazy because she kept turning the pages – all her own doing! So this is the only scary movie that I am actually afraid to watch.

    What a fun story! You really should see it, in-womb doesn’t count!

  5. Literary Feline says:

    It’s been ages since I’ve seen this one. I actually saw it just to see what the fuss was about I remember and then I ended up having a nightmare that night. LOL It definitely is a pop film icon.

    The movie isn’t what I thought it would be. I thought it would be about the baby, but it’s not.

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