Based on a novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby tells the story of a young couple, called the Woodhouses, who move into a new apartment in New York City. Guy Woodhouse is a stage actor who aspires to hit the big time, while Rosemary is a housewife who is very supportive of her husband’s career.
Both Guy and Rosemary appear to be in love and one day hope to have children. However, for now they are content with what they have, with high hopes for the future.
Shortly after moving into their new home, Guy and Rosemary meet their next-door neighbours, Roman and Minnie Castevets. They are an elderly couple, who are somewhat eccentric, but seem to be relatively harmless, even if Minnie is a bit of a busy-body.
Over the course of days and weeks, the Castevets become close with Guy and Rosemary, with Guy in particular taking a liking to the new neighbours. And as time progresses, the Castevets become surrogate parental figures, and are overjoyed when Rosemary becomes pregnant.
But the Castevets are not who they seem, and their interest in Rosemary becomes worrying. Is it possible they have an ulterior motive and why did Rosemary have a horrifying dream involving the neighbours, which also included sexual assault by a demon?
These are just some of the head-scratching questions conjured up in this iconic, disturbing, and marvellously macabre movie from the late 1960s. Sure, Rosemary’s Baby might be an older horror movie, and getting older by the minute, but it is also a stone-cold classic.
With its suspenseful story, its brilliant use of horror, and its excellent cast – including a scene-stealing turn from Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castevet – Rosemary’s Baby is without doubt one of the greatest horror movies of all time. It is a claustrophobic nightmare, infused with witches and Satanists, as well as a questionable Vidal Sassoon haircut, and it never fails to unnerve and terrify.
Rosemary – “Witches… all of them witches!”
Cast and crew
Rosemary’s Baby is directed by Roman Polanski, with William Castle as the producer. Polanski also wrote the movie’s screenplay.
The music for the film is the work of Krzysztof Komeda, while the cast includes Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, and Ralph Bellamy.
Thank you for stopping by It’s A Stampede! to read this spotlight post focusing on a must-see horror movie. This ‘spotlight’ on Rosemary’s Baby is part of a series of eight posts looking at superb horror movies and docu-films which you may or may not have seen.
Other posts in this series include: Child’s Play (1988), The Babysitter (2017), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Best Worst Movie (2010), Final Destination (2000), Drag Me To Hell (2009) and Scrooged (1988).
The aim of these posts is to spread some horror love around the internet, and possibly introduce you to a slice of horror that you may have overlooked. So, make sure to add this film to your next horror movie marathon.
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