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Cakes Takes on Rosemary's Baby (Old Movie Review)

Updated on July 19, 2020
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Caila went to Meremac-STL for journalism and has been writing for most of her life.

Rosemary's Baby

The theatrical release poster for the film, Rosemary's Baby.
The theatrical release poster for the film, Rosemary's Baby. | Source

Rosemary's Baby Movie Review

So I watched this classic for the first time late last year for the first time ever. I know it is an old movie and a classic, but I am always late to the party on these things, so I didn’t mind watching it with a fresh take on how I feel about it. The movie Rosemary’s Baby is all the way from back in 1968, and is a horror film. However, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the way it comes off for a long time. I LOVED it! I immediately wanted to find the book that the movie was based on, of the same name, and read it right after I finished the movie. It was so chilling, mentally and emotionally frightening! No jump scares, no true scary images (depending on what scares you), and no actual terrifying characters that make you want to hide behind your hands. All of the deaths are unseen actually. So what makes this old movie so legit creepy?

I think it's the characters of the story and the unknowing of what is actually going on and what isn't. For a large portion of the film, we see a basic day to day life experience with Rosemary, her actor husband, Guy, and them moving into their new apartment in a gothic looking highrise building. They’ve already been warned about the rumors of witchcraft and death. Oddly enough, the apartment that they’re moving into was only vacated because the old tenant died right before. Soon after moving in, Rosemary meets a young woman who lives with her elderly neighbors, who took her in off the streets. The neighbors, the Castevets, come off as either annoying or sweet and old, to Rosemary and Guy. The woman that Rosemary meets quickly kills herself, furthering the plot for Rosemary. In her sleepy haze, on one of her conceiving nights, after being secretly drugged by the neighbors, Rosemary is apparently raped by demons, while everyone in the building, including her husband looks on, and is impregnated. She thinks that everything might have been a dream because her husband did end up having sex with her that night, so she almost brushes all thoughts aside, until she finds out she is actually pregnant!

Unfortunately for her, Rosemary is in pain for almost half of her pregnancy, thinking her baby to possibly be dead at times. She is now being taken care of by the Castevet’s doctor, exclusively, who doesn’t seem to care about her physical pain at all, and her husband is almost in the old couple’s corner more than his own wife’s sometimes. Rosemary is told not to get help with her pains and other things that are bothering her throughout her pregnancy, so she does her own research through friends and finds out that she’s been associated with satanists and witches the entire time in her building, but is already too late as she is going into labor after finding everything out! When she awakens a while later, she is told that she lost the baby, as it wasn't born alive, but she hears a baby in the building somewhere. She follows the sound to find that she did indeed have a baby, but also discovers too late that she gave birth to a demon spawn and now has the choice of whether to raise the baby or not.

Rosemary is extremely sweet and relatable on a womanly level, as she simply wants the same things most ladies want. A good marriage, a beautiful healthy child, her husband’s success and alone time with her family. She goes through some of the same things women go through, so it's easy to be scared for her character just as a human being. The scares work on your psychology more than anything else as the viewer. It's a testament that all you need is a good plot, tension, and great actors to convey great emotions and an amazing scary atmosphere. Mia Farrow should be proud of her portrayal as Rosemary. She really made me feel bad for an everyday woman who had her whole new life, she just attained, torn away from her uncontrollably. By the end of the movie, she looked so scared, haggard, and stressed out and that really wore me out too as I watched the film. Very different from the way that she started in the beginning of the movie and before she got pregnant. The way Rosemary looked helped to convey her problems and emotional distress just as well as Mia Farrow’s acting abilities in playing the role did. It’s really no wonder that this film was nominated for so many awards back in its time.

This is classic horror from Roman Polanski and I’m happy that I can take the art from the artist and leave it at that because if I wasn’t able to look past Roman Polanski’s personal life and his decisions he’s made, I might not be able to appreciate how good this movie actually is! It is very scary and nerve wrecking because you do not know what will happen next. You don’t know what anyone will do next, as everyone seems more and more out of character the further into the movie you watch, making it more eerie. The ending is a moral standpoint and what would you do in this situation kind of thing and that kind of shook me in a way. The themes vary from motherhood (and some of the basic human fears surrounding it), demons, and choices. I think what made this movie seem so scary, was that it felt like it could’ve been real at some point. Rosemary’s Baby is definitely worth going back almost 60 yrs in film to watch it!

Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse

Rosemary Woodhouse
Rosemary Woodhouse | Source

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Actors, Actresses, and Production

Production Team
Production Companies
Mia Farrow
Roman Polanski (director and screenplay writer))
William Castle Enterprises (production company)
John Cassavetes
Ira Levin (based on a book by)
Paramount Pictures (distribution company)
Ruth Gordon
William Castle (producer)
Sidney Blackmer
Krzysztof Komeda (music)
Maurice Evans
William A. Fraker (cinematography)
Ralph Bellamy
Sam O'Steen (editor)
Charles Grodin
Bob Wyman (editor)

The teams of people that helped to create Roman Polanski's, Rosemary's Baby, based on a book of the same name by Ira Levin.

This movie is GOLD!!!

5 stars for Rosemary's Baby Old Movie Review

Money! Money! Money! Money!

This film was created off of a mere $2 million and grossed back over $30 million. This is double what it cost to make the film and then some. Actually over 15 times as much as it took to create the movie itself. I'm sure for the 1960's, THAT was a lot of money and it was a lot of money to give back to the actors and the production crew, I'm sure, for their checks at the end of filming.


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