Rosemary’s Baby

Year: 1968
Production Co: William Castle Productions
Studio: Paramount
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Roman Polanski/Ira levin
Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassevetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer
The highest of highbrow horror, with an immaculate pedigree of direction by Polanski and performance by the most talked about ingenue of her generation in Mia Farrow.

Scriptwriter Polanksi and novelist Ira Levin pull off the impressive trick of making you wonder if it's real - if pretty New York housewife Rosemary (Farrow) is merely surrounded by charismatic and nefarious neighbours who believe crackpot stories or whether she could really be about to give birth to the child of Satan on the Earth.

In doing so, the movie avoids any creaky, cliched supernatural chestnuts and it's not until the final few frames that you learn the truth.

When young, happy couple Rosemary and Guy (Cassevetes) move into a New York apartment with a seedy reputation, rosemary's lilfe slowly turns into the modern template for the 'is there really danger or am I just crazy' movie. After falling pregnant, she worries that her elderly neighbours are taking too much of an interest in her and Guy's lives, particularly their baby. Worse, Guy seems to be falling under their persuasive spell and becomes increasingly distant from her.

As the baby develops and the fear and iolence around her increases, Rosemary fights between being constantly on her guard and Guy and her neighbours' promises that she'll be taken care of, their well-meaning intrusion sweet but increasingly creepy. It's essential if you're a student of the execution of suspense.

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