Rosemary’s Baby, directed by Roman Polanski, is a critically acclaimed horror film from the late 1960s. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin and follows the story of a pregnant woman named Rosemary (Mia Farrow) who begins to suspect that something sinister is happening to her unborn child and the people around her.
Set in New York City, Rosemary and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move into an old apartment building. Shortly after, they befriend their eccentric neighbors, Roman and Minnie Castavet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon). As Rosemary’s pregnancy progresses, she begins to experience strange dreams and hallucinations that lead her to believe that her child is in danger.
Rosemary’s Baby is a slow-burning horror film that builds tension through its eerie atmosphere and unsettling score. It is often praised for its subtle use of horror elements that leave audiences feeling uneasy rather than scared. Mia Farrow’s performance as Rosemary is also widely acclaimed for its nuanced portrayal of a woman who is slowly unraveling as she begins to realize the true nature of her situation. The film’s themes of motherhood, paranoia, and patriarchal control have also been widely analyzed and discussed over the years, cementing its place as a classic in the horror genre.
Rosemary’s Baby was a critical and commercial success upon its release in 1968 and has since become a cult classic.