Rosemary's Baby (1968) Movie Review

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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

1968 | R | Horror, Drama, Mystery
137 minutes / 2h 17min

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Rosemary's Baby Plot Synopsis:

Desirous of starting a family, the young Catholic housewife, Rosemary Woodhouse, and her struggling actor husband, Guy, move into the Bramford, New York's iconic building which brims with unpleasant stories of obscure dwellers and ghastly occurrences. Before long, the young couple is befriended by their elderly and somehow eccentric next-door neighbours, Roman and Minnie Castevet--and shortly after--Rosemary unexpectedly gets pregnant. However, little by little, as the inexperienced mother becomes systematically cut off from her circle and friends, alarming hints of a well-planned and sinister conspiracy will begin to emerge, enfolding Rosemary in a shroud of suspicion and mental agony. In the end, why is everyone so conveniently eager to help; furthermore, why is Guy allowing it?

Rosemary's Baby (1968) Review

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) is an American psychological movie that is based on Ira Levin’s best-selling novel of the same name in 1967. Director and screenplay writer Roman Polanski (The Pianist (2002), Chinatown (1974), The Ghost Writer (2010)) did a fantastic job executing his second film in the "Apartment Trilogy". Repulsion (1966) was the first film followed by Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and then The Tenant (1976). Each movie revolves around a protagonist that lives in an apartment that endures tragic and terrifying mysterious events. The movie contains sexual scenes, nudity, demonic possession, frightening scenes, intense moments, tension, violence and reference to God.

Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow - The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Great Gatsby (1974)) is a naive homemaker in 1965. Rosemary’s husband, Guy (John Cassavetes - The Dirty Dozen (1967), Opening Night (1977), Love Streams (1984)) is a struggling actor. The couple moves to the Bramford apartment building in New York City although their friend told them about the terrifying history of the building and their residence. After a few tragic accidents, Rosemary and Guy met their neighbor Minnie (Ruth Gordon) and Roman (Sidney Blackmer) who has secrets. The neighbors enjoy dinner, and the couple starts having good luck after Minnie gives a pendant to Rosemary. The pendant belongs to Terry (Victoria Vetri - When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970), Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), Group Marriage (1973)) whom committed suicide shortly after Rosemary and Guy moved into the Bramford. A few spoilers - Minnie made individual chocolate mousse cups for the couple and Rosemary threw hers out after she did not like the taste. Soon after, Rosemary thinks that she was raped by a demon while everyone looked, but her husband says otherwise.

Minnie once again convinces Rosemary to see her obstetric instead of the one Rosemary’s friend Elise (Emmaline Henry) recommended. Minnie’s obstetric Dr. Abraham Sapirstein (Ralph Bellamy - Pretty Woman (1990), Man Against Crime (1949), His Girl Friday (1940)) told her to drink a mixture every day. Dr. Abraham told Minnie to make the mixture every day and give it to Rosemary to drink because it is better and healthier than the vitamin pills. Rosemary craves raw meat and chicken liver during her first three months of pregnancy. It was sad to see Rosemary go through so much pain, especially during the last ten minutes of the movie. Rosemary’s husband has betrayed and accepted a deal with Minnie other Satanist.

Rosemary’s Baby was captivating from the beginning to the end that left me yearning for more. The cover photo/image did the movie justice, just beautiful. Mia Farrow did the best acting in this film with her believable motherly performance. The other actors also did an awesome job with their roles. The movie flowed at a nice pace and the music fit every aspect of the film. I gave this film a nine because it had minor flaws that can be overlooked and might not be noticeable to most viewers. I recommend all horror fans to watch this classic horror movie that is one of the most original films about demonic baby possession.

  • Rosemary's Baby Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 9.11
  • IMDB: 8.0
  • MetaCritic: 9.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.9

About Rosemary's Baby 1968

Title: Rosemary's Baby
Year: 1968
Runtime: 137 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 4.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 4.55/5 stars from 163,852 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 163,852 MPAA Rating: R
Rosemary's Baby Cast Starring: Rutanya Alda, Fritzi Jane Courtney, Ralph Bellamy, Phil Leeds, Max Wagner, Maurice Evans, Tom Signorelli, William Graeff Jr., Mia Farrow, Elisha Cook Jr., Emmaline Henry, Lynn Brinker, Ann Graeff, Elmer Modling, Michael Stark, Charles Grodin, Sebastian Brook, John Halloran, Floyd Mutrux, Cathy Steele, Hanna Landy, William Castle, Ernest Harada, Geoffrey Norman, Al Szathmary, Florence Clayton, Marilyn Harvey, Patricia O'Neal, Clay Tanner, Robert Osterloh
Rosemary's Baby Writers: Ira Levin, Roman Polanski
Rosemary's Baby Director: Roman Polanski
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA