[PASSNOTES] ‘ROSEMARY’S BABY’ IS ARGUABLY HOLLYWOOD’S MOST HAUNTING MOVIE TO DATE

By on November 1st, 2013

Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Dir. Roman Polanski – Monday Nov 4th QFT Belfast

Who’s in it? Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon

What’s it about? Polanski’s seemingly critic-proof masterpiece nullifies any need for standard generic scare-mongering in favour of the authentic horror of an everyday evil… blood-curdling in its banality. Written and directed by Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist) and adapted from Ira Levin’s 1967 bestselling novel, the 1968 Oscar winning film of the same name tells the terrifying tale of a young expectant mother – pitched perfectly by an appropriately bird-like Farrow, delicate and docile yet doubtful – whose husband (Cassavetes) is courted by a coven of charming and influential New York city satanists hoping to use her frail body and impressionable youth to spawn the anti-Christ. The result is among the most powerful post-war cinema ever produced and arguably Hollywood’s most haunting horror movie to date.

Memorable Moments? Making the coveted leap from “iconic” to “classic” with the requisite timing, characterisation and poise of a true original, Rosemary’s Baby, with a final macabre master stroke of Polanski’s insidious scripting, shows its class. “He has his father’s eyes!”

Look Who’s Talking: ‘A frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.’ – Rotten Tomatoes

Like that? Try this: The Omen (1976) – Superman director Richard Donner’s supernatural thriller starring Gregory Peck – comes with all the production myths befitting an icon of Halloween season cinema, matched only by 1973s The Exorcist for spooky, unexplained cast and crew fatalities and a perennially palpable sense of the heebie-jeebies.

Trivia Pursuit: In an horrific instance of life resembling art, the brutal 1969 murder of Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife Sharon Tate in their Hollywood home by a group known as the “Manson Family”, carrying out what they claim was the “Devil’s business”, gives the film’s satanic sub-plot a tragic and chilling real-life resonance.

2 Responses to “[PASSNOTES] ‘ROSEMARY’S BABY’ IS ARGUABLY HOLLYWOOD’S MOST HAUNTING MOVIE TO DATE”

  1. 1 Julian
    November 2nd, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    A amazing film

  2. 2 Ronan
    November 3rd, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    True dat!

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