Horror Movie: Rosemary’s Baby (R; 1968; 136 min.)

What a classic horror movie…love it still! And amazingly, many of the styles in the movie are “back in!”

Mia Farrow is Rosemary, who along with her husband Guy, a struggling actor,  is looking for a new apartment in New York City. They find a great one and get settled in. Soon, they meet their neighbors, an older couple named Roman and Minnie Castevet, and become friendly with them. Guy begins to spend more and more time with Roman despite Rosemary’s uneasy feelings about him.

Rosemary and Guy are anxious to start a family, and following a very creepy “dream” of Rosemary’s, they soon discover she is pregnant. Minnie convinces Rosemary to see a well-known obstetrician she’s friendly with, who prescribes a daily vitamin drink that Minnie will make for Rosemary’s baby’s health. Rosemary has terrible pains during the beginning of the pregnancy, loses lots of weight, and eats various cuts of raw meat, all concerns poo-poo’d by the doc, Guy and the Castevets when she states them.

Meanwhile, Guy’s fledgling acting career has suddenly taken off after a friend who had won a coveted role goes blind and Guy steps into the role. Rosemary begins to have even more misgivings about her neighbors, Guy, and her doctor after talking to some friends, and after a close friend, who falls suddenly ill, passes on to her a book about witches and the history of her building. Could her neighbors and her husband really be witches, she wonders? Is her baby tied into this somehow?

The story continues in this vain, following Rosemary through the pregnancy and birth, with wonderful acting by Farrow and Ruth Gordon (Minnie) especially. Fun to watch even though not very scary!

  • Top Scare: Rosemary’s dream, I guess
  • Heartbeats: 1  out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 1/2 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 2 1/2 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 15 and up, mainly due to the “dream” scene

Next up: Amityville Horror


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