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Monday, 25 February 2013

#229 - 'Rosemary's Baby' (1968)

"Awful things happen in every apartment house." - Rosemary Woodhouse.
Young couple Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an apartment which has become available due to the death of its previous occupant, an elderly lady. Their new neighbours are a friendly elderly couple called Minnie and Roman. After the mysterious death of a young woman she met in the laundrette, Rosemary  notices some strange things are happening. Guy seems to be spending a lot of time with the neighbours and she starts hearing strange noises and having weird dreams. Rosemary and Guy are trying for a baby and she discovers that she is pregnant. Suspicions are raised over the neighbours interest in her pregnancy and Rosemary believes there may be conspiracy against her and her unborn child
Guy and Rosemary in their new apartment.
I found that this film took a while to get going. But once it did, it was quite good. Focussing on the more psychological horror theme, the audience follow Rosemary as she tries to figure out exactly what is going on.  Mia Farrow's performance as Rosemary was convincing. She was vulnerable yet determined. The dream sequences were more bizarre than scary but it made more sense as the film went on.
Rosemary wakes up after her dream, with scratches on her body.
Some horror films go for all out gore or try to make the audience jump. Refreshingly, there was none of that in this film. The drama and suspense is character driven. Neighbours Minnie and Roman were both odd and irritating. I shared Rosemary's dislike of them. 
'Rosemary's Baby' was slow paced to start, whilst setting up the narrative, but grew into a chilling conspiratorial thriller. I'm still not sure whether I enjoyed the ending because of the obvious religious overtones but I can see why this has such a high rating. As a horror, it offered something a little different.

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