Thursday, 20 September 2012
Rosemary's Baby 
Polanski has always loved delving into the dark and grotesque underbelly of human behavior, and nowhere has this been more pronounced than in Rosemary’s Baby, his first film in the US. He had made a masterly psychological horror with Repulsion, and he crossed the line towards the supernatural with this movie, which counts among its successors such iconic horror films as The Exorcist and Omen. Adapted from Ira Levin’s bestselling novel, the film begins with Guy (John Cassavetes), a struggling actor, and Rosemary (Mia Farrow), his loving and simple-natured wife, moving into an old but beautiful New York City apartment located in a creepy, gothic building with a gruesome history, where they are befriended by an intrusive and overtly friendly elderly couple (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer). The story takes an incredibly dark and ominous turn when Rosemary finds herself pregnant with her first child after a bizarre dream where she is violated by her husband in satanic garb and with their elderly neighbours performing demonic chants around her. From there on, it becomes a gripping account of her futile attempts to save her child from those around her; but the question remains, is something sinister really going on around her, or is it all just a manifestation of her disturbed mind, repressed sexuality and Catholic guilt? Though some of the editing could have been smoother and the finale a tad subtler, the end product was deeply distressing and disconcerting, filled with great atmosphere and mood. The acting was good, with Farrow providing a standout performance as the fragile and emotionally vulnerable protagonist trapped in a hellish nightmare.
Director: Roman Polanski
Genre: Horror/Psychological Horror