I don’t think Rosemary’s Baby was the first “giving birth to Satan’s baby” movie, but it definitely set the template for films to follow such as The Omen (1976) and, most recently, Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem (2012). When Rosemary’s Baby premiered, people people were horrified. But times have changed and in 2013 this is pretty tepid stuff. This doesn’t mean, however, it’s a poorly made film. Far from it. Director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist) wrote a wonderful screenplay with lots of tension, suspense and smart dialogue. Each scene is composed with care and Polanski gets wonderful performances our of his cast of colorful characters.
Mia Farrow is perfect as Rosemary Woodhouse, who moves into a new apartment with her husband and discovers she is pregnant. The joys of motherhood quickly give way to paranoia and worse as she tries to protect her unborn child. My other favorite character is Minnie, played to perfection by Ruth Gordon. Her character os eccentric and crazy in all the right places. It’s fun to watch.
The first time I saw this film I was a teenager and i just didn’t get it. 136 minutes of dialogue and they don’t even show the devil baby? I felt ripped off. Now, as an adult I appreciate what a smart thriller this is. If you don’t need lots of blood to make you happy, Rosemary’s Baby is your kind of film. It’s definitely a horror classic and should be seen by everyone interested in the genre.
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