Quick (recap): A woman (Rosemary) unwittingly births the anti-christ.
Fun (?) fact: Let’s play Six Degrees of Evil! Ready? Ok, so Roman Polanski directed Rosemary’s Baby. A year later, his wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson Family. Charles Manson titled the killing spree, ‘Helter Skelter’, after a Beatles song. One of the Beatles, John Lennon, stayed in the apartment where this movie was filmed. He is also responsible for writing the song ‘Dear Prudence’, about Mia Farrow’s (Rosemary’s) sister. Bam! Thanks to whoever at IMDb figured that one out.
My thoughts: America, you confuse me. Many of you refused to see The Exorcist, on the grounds that it was blasphemous. Which, sure, I could see that with the dialogue of the demon. But he was a DEMON and the Catholic church came and cast him out and good won. So, if anything it is a very religious movie. And then you have Rosemary’s Baby, which doesn’t have near the same hatred as The Exorcist, even though it involves the birth of satan’s son. What gives? Personally, this movie was much more creepy to me than The Exorcist and had a downer of an ending, which I always appreciate in horror films. Add to that, all of the real life stuff that went on a year later with Sharon Tate and Charles Manson and you have a damn good scary movie.
Well, scary in theory, at least. Most of the film is a slow build up where the audience knows what is going on, but the main character doesn’t. She figures it out at some point, but it’s very hard to grasp that your husband has made a deal with your witch neighbors to have satan rape you and impregnate you with his spawn. That’s years of marriage counseling right there. The ending, as Rosemary tries to escape is exciting as well as ultimately futile. What I loved most about this film is how far Rosemary goes to protect her unborn child, not knowing that she is essentially protecting evil and the eventual destruction of Earth. It’s kind of hard to predict these things, although I suspect an ultrasound might have picked something up, if it had been around in the 60s.
My one complaint about the film is how the devil worshippers are portrayed in the end. All of the ‘hail satan!’s were a little on the campy side, as well as the choice to put the demon baby in an all black bassinet. It was a little overkill. I mean, obviously he is the son of satan, but do we to be reminded of it every second?It was a little disappointing not to get a good look at the baby, but knowing this crew, he was probably decked out in devil horns, a pitchfork and an Iron Maiden onesie.
Final review: 4/5. Quite scary!
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