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Rosemary's Baby

Updated on September 18, 2014

"Pray for Rosemary's Baby."

Of all the creepy movies in all the world the absolute creepiest is Rosemary's Baby.

The Sense of Dread

There's an awful sense of dread, of anticipatory horror, of some unthinkable danger that grabs you right at the very beginning.

I remember so well the first time I saw it, in a picture theatre in the middle of the day. I wanted to leave, I wanted to get out but was trapped by my fears for Rosemary, a young and naive woman whose pregnancy was now such a concern to me.. If I left before the end of the movie I wouldn't be able to help her.

Rosemary, and her baby, are still with me today.

Psychologically unnerving

There are no axe murders, no twitching corpses, monstrous aliens or violent music blasts. No zombies. This movie has only some eccentric neighbours and an assortment of odd little things that on the outside appear meaningless or, rather, harmless.

But this far into the film the foreboding is heavy, we're held captive by a truly frightful knowledge of horrors to come.

Can the nightmare we anticipate be coming to pass? Even halfway through the movie we know what's going on in that apartment next door and that's what makes the conclusion so harrowing, so horrifyingly inevitable.

Mia Farrow is simply remarkable. Frail, pale and suffering, almost constantly on-screen, you really want to shake her shoulder and tell her to 'wake up'!

Rosemary's Baby is dark and grim with terrific suspense, a wonderful plot, excellent cast and expertly directed. A classic of the 20th century.

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      The scene when she can't find a pay-phone to use is AWESOME! Very high tension and also sort of "period" in light of the cell phone. Plus, it has Ruth Gordon in it and she's always great.

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      fullofshoes 4 years ago

      oh gosh almighty. I read the book, saw the movie and had nightmares for nights on end. However... both were very well done and I think I'd read/watch again. Maybe. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That movie scared the bejeezus out of me! I have never been able to watch it again. I even get uneasy looking at an advertisement of it. I also felt trapped and wanted to leave but I couldn't. We were at a drive-in and it was on the outskirts of town...noway was I leaving the car! Yes, "Rosemary's Baby is high on my list of freakouts!

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      TheCozyDinosaur 4 years ago

      One of those movies I'm ashamed to say I have not seen yet. Thanks for the review, you've given me a push in the right direction!

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      BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago

      This is another amazingly scary movie! One of those movies that make you want to hide!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      It was definitely spooky, in a time when spooky movies about strange children were all the rage. I remember thinking, "Is she really that dumb?" a couple of times, but of course, I'd already had three kids by then, so it was hard to remember if I also didn't know a lot of stuff I felt she should have known. Great review!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      Well done! One of the most frightening flicks ever.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Rosemary's baby is a true classic and I think it works so well because the PEOPLE are so evil!

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      bdkz 4 years ago

      This was an awesome classic horror movie.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I truly enjoyed Rosemary's Baby when it came on the screen. Great review of this classic film.