Logline: A pregnant young woman suspects her neighbors are a coven of witches and Satan worshippers who have targeted her unborn baby.
Review: Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby is a brilliant psychological horror film. By the time the film was released in 1968, Polanski had already proven his mastery of suspense in his debut feature, Knife in the Water (1962) and its follow-up, Repulsion (1965). Rosemary’s Baby tops them both and ranks as one of the greatest horror films of all time.
Rosemary’s Baby opens with aerial views of New York City and a creepy, wordless lullaby. From these opening credits, the film casts its spell on viewers. The film features excellent performances, namely from Mia Farrow as the mother-to-be Rosemary and Oscar winner Ruth Gordon as her nosy neighbor Minnie.
Polanski takes his time in building the suspense and tension in the film. The Satan worshippers are wisely depicted as everyday people. Part of the genius behind the film is that Polanski so perfectly aligns the viewer with Rosemary’s point of view. We are experiencing everything as she is and we feel her powerlessness.
Beautifully shot and captivating from the beginning, Rosemary’s Baby is genuinely frightening and transforms B movie material into something great.
Rating (out of ****): ****