Friday, April 26, 2013

Movie Review - Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Pregnancy can be a very exciting and happy experience.  That is not the case for Rosemary's baby.  Fear, confusion, and paranoia slowly build in Rosemary's life ever since she moved into a new apartment with her husband, Guy.  Strange events begin to take place.  She becomes mysteriously pregnant after passing out, a few people die abruptly, and the neighbors become actively involved in caring for her.  Contrarily, there are explanations for most of these occurrences by her husband and neighbors.  Is there some odd conspiracy brewing, or is she just losing her mind?

By today's conventions, Rosemary's Baby doesn't play out like a modern horror film.  All the shots throughout run long and some cuts are masked.  The protagonist's thoughts encourages the audience to use their imagination instead of being force fed a sensory overload of violence, gore, and quick jolts.          

This film is said to be an extremely accurate adaptation of Ira Levin's novel.  The writer and director, Roman Polanski, decided to follow the book and it's descriptions as close as possible (dialog, clothing, and color schemes).  He wrote and finished the script in three weeks.  A little over a year after this film was released, Roman's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered in the infamous Charles Manson killing spree.

Rosemary's Baby can currently be streamed on Netflix

Rated R for violence, language, nudity, and strong adult themes.


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