Rosemary's Baby

Released 1968


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Roman Polanski
Rosemary's Baby is a horror film that is based on novel by Ira Levin. The film was released in the United States in 1968 with the official tagline "Pray for Rosemary's Baby." In the opening scene, Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) have just moved into a new apartment building in New York City. One evening, Rosemary passes out after eating a chocolate dessert brought to her by a neighbor. She awakens several hours later after a disturbing dream in which she is raped by a demon. Her husband tells her that he did have intercourse with her while she was passed out because he did not want to miss the opportunity to conceive a child. Several weeks later, Rosemary discovers that she is pregnant. Over the next several months, she becomes increasingly suspicious of her neighbors' activities. She observes them participating in cult-like rituals and begins to wonder if the herbal remedies they have given her for her pregnancy symptoms are even safe. It's not until her baby is born and taken from her under equally suspicious circumstances that Rosemary learns the shocking truth.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The brilliance of the film comes more from Polanski's direction, and from a series of genuinely inspired performances, than from the original story.

  • 100

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    Rosemary's Baby is one of horror cinema's all-time slow burns, drawing viewers gradually into entertaining the possibility that the movie's series of strange coincidences and accum...

  • 100

    The Guardian

    This is horror rooted not in misty Carpathian castles, but in recognisable modern life, with the satanists depicted not as outlandish fiends but the sort of everyday folk you might...

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Drama, Horror, Suspense


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