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ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968) (Movies To See Before You Die - Horror)

30 Sep, 2012 | Movies To See Before You Die / Horror

Rated as one of the finest horror films made till date, ROSEMARY’S BABY is a Roman Polanski’s masterpiece which holds a special status in this particular genre for a reason. As far as the subject is concerned, yes it is horror film revolving around a loving couple recently shifted to their new department having few suspicious neighbors (Based on Ira Levin’s novel with the same title). But taking into account its unconventional & brilliantly visualized execution, the film makes its own distinct position in the all time list of Top 10 films made in the horror genre without any doubt.

Here the most interesting and outstanding merit of ROSEMARY’S BABY is that it never bows down to the routine structure of such films and doesn’t use any usual tricks of the trade to scare the hell out of you with some forcibly created scenes. There is no ghostly figure hunting down its targets displaying its extreme powers and neither is there any scary face to frighten you all of a sudden coming out of a dark corner. There are no screechy, horrible sounds especially designed to tease the viewers and there are no haunting mansions with some horrible past to be told.

But even then the film gradually creates a subtle suspenseful ambience which keeps you guessing throughout and you have more than 10 ideas in your mind till it reaches the climax. So without giving any kind of hints for its terrifying finale, I would like to say that if you have already heard or read about this before then I can’t help it. But if you haven’t heard or don’t have any clue about this film yet, then instead of reading some other reviews or write-ups on ROSEMARY BABY, just go for it at the earliest and experience it in its purest form as only then you will be able to enjoy it completely.

In some cases, for many die-hard fans of the horror genre ROSEMARY’S BABY might not be too good or a very highly satisfying scary film due to the reasons mentioned above. But it unarguably is one of the exceptional achievements made in the world of cinema due to its out of the routine treatment and a splendid ambience created just through it well written & directed sequences along with some spellbinding performances. It’s a Mia Farrow film from all angles since she is simply amazing in the role of the suffering girl passing through different phases of her pregnancy. And on that note I would also like to warn that its not a film which should be watched by all the women going through similar conditions and they should strictly avoid seeing it in those important days.

Hence taking care of that serious suggestion, do watch this classic if you wish to see something out of the box tried in the horror genre more than four decades ago. And after going through this different experience you would surely agree that its really tough to conceive such a project with this kind of conviction without relying on any of the usual features of a scary movie.

Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon and more.

Tags : ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968), Movies To See Before You Die Horror, Must See Movies List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Best Horror Films as a must watch, Not to be missed movies list by Bobby Sing
30 Sep 2012 / Comments ( 8 )
raj vardhan

I am really happy:)
I was waiting for your Rosemary\'s Baby review for so many days......

I agree with you on every point. Its not always about the scary face or gory scenes.
Sometimes its about the environment. And this movie creates that environment around it which scares the audience.
And the credit goes to the director,screenplay and the story.

This film, all the way belongs to Mia Farrow without any doubt.
Her performance in this movie is one the most brilliant performances ever witnessed in the history of world cinema.
Ruth Gordon was good. But it was Farrow\'s performance which made the movie scary, not Gordon\'s performance.
So it was quite shocking for me when I came to know that Ruth Gordon won the oscar that year whereas the life and soul of this film... Mia Farrow didn\'t even get a nomination.:(

I think men were also good in this film.
Highly recommended movie...not just for every horror movie\'s fan but also for those who wants to watch quality cinema irrespective of their genre.

Sir,I am also waiting for your comment on Monica Belluci\'s movie L\'APPARTEMENTE,which I mentioned in your foreign films section.You told me you will review this movie soon.

Bobby Sing

Hi Raj,
Thanks for your detailed comment and I will soon try to watch L'APPARTEMENTE and get back to you here.
But till then Keep Visiting and Writing in.

raj vardhan

Hello Sir!
I also think that the theme song sung by Mia Farrow herself was extremely haunting and the background score especially in the climax scene,was absolutely brilliant.

Bobby Sing

Hi Raj,
No doubt it certainly was haunting and thanks for making this valuable addition in the article.

raj vardhan
Hello Sir!

Sir I would like to recommend you two spanish horror movies:

1.The Orphanage(2007)
2.Julia\'s Eyes(2010)

The Orphanage is one of the most original horror,haunting and suspenseful movies ever made and one of my all time favourite movie.Beautifully written,good score,beautiful cinematography and extermely well acted especially by its two leads,Belen Rueda and the child actor Roger Princep,who playe herson.And also a very chilling performance Geraldine Chaplin.

The 2nd one, although is not as good as the orphanage,but still its very good in most parts.Some really good and shocking scares.Again a very good performance by its lead heroine and the actor who played her husband.The story is quite engaging.Again the camera work is beautiful.A fultoo time pass movie!

Waiting eagerly for ur precious comments.
Bobby Sing

Hi Raj,
Thanks a lot for your recommendations and I will surely try to see them soon and get back.
Till then keep visiting and writing in.


Hello sir,
yesterday I watched THE NINETH GATE,
it was too good,
I really like johny depps thrillers, now a days he is not doing such....

on IMDB i was reading FAQ\'s and i found related movies, ROSEMARY\'S baby is one of them,
Today i am gonna watch it, will share my comment soon.

Bobby Sing

Do watch it as a must Mustafa and then share your views too here about its overall impact.

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