PLOT: A young couple moves into an apartment building inhabited by eccentric society types. When the woman becomes pregnant, she begins to uncover certain secrets about the other tenants that may point to the occult.
This is my first viewing for this classic, and I have to say… I loved this movie. Oftentimes, when you hold out on something that is so respected, you can’t help but feel a little let down. Not with this one. Rosemary’s Baby is a fantastic film. Believe the hype on this one. The directing is so well done, and Mia Farrow is so believable in this that it’s a chilling, frustrating watch to the very end (in a good way).
If you haven’t seen this one, you’re probably familiar with the story: a young couple moves into an apartment, meets a couple of weird neighbors, the woman eventually gets pregnant under odd circumstances, and things continue to get weirder. Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for her portrayal as Minnie Castevet and rightfully so. She’s such a pain in the ass throughout that you just want to throw her out a window.
No gore. This is more psychological that your ordinary splatterfest.
Gore Rating: 0 out of 5
There’s something about these psychological movies that really get under your skin. This whole film is a gaslighting of the female lead, and I’d call it the original gaslight film, if the whole term didn’t get its name from a movie called Gaslight. It’s scary to think of everyone around you plotting against you and telling you that you are crazy. It’s fucked up.
Scare Rating: 4 out of 5
This film has one of the most famous rape scenes in history, and they do show a fair share of Mia Farrow in it, but it’s still a rape scene, so it’s not anything sexy by any means. What’s pretty unnerving in the film is that the whole rape, which is done in a drugged-out haze, is passed off by the husband as a dream and he says that he gave his wife the scratches because he didn’t want to miss baby-making time. So, in essence, he covered up rape by the Devil by claiming he raped her. This is when Rosemary should have run.
Sex/Nudity Rating: 3 out of 5
Some classics are classics for a reason, and this is no different. Rosemary’s Baby still holds up today as a horror film and as a psychological thriller. I can’t really say anything that hasn’t already been said about this classic. If you haven’t seen it already, remedy that this October.