I am a terrible horror movie fan as I have never seen this movie, which is why it has been added to my list this year. I am going to start my review off by saying this is not a greatest or scariest film in the traditional sense. Mia Farrow is seriously adorable in this movie. While the acting is a bit cheesy, Mia plays the innocent, naive pregnant woman perfectly. Forget about the scary fact of potentially having the devil’s baby, being a woman in this film is the most terrifying part of this film.
The film begins with Rosemary & her husband moving into an NYC apartment building of wealthy elites…mostly of the geriatric age. Rosemary, a stay at home wife of her actor husband, befriends a young woman living with one of the elderly couples in the building. Shortly after their encounter, the woman jumps to her death outside the front of their NYC building. The elderly couple latches onto Rosemary right away, and at first her husband quite objects to this friendship.
Rosemary’s husband’s sudden change of heart with regard to her friendship with geriatric couple is red flag #1. The fact that husband despised them and is now BFF’s with the elderly couple, without Rosemary is major warning signs. And he does not like her hanging out with her former friends. Also, some more weird shit happens, including death of her friend & husband lands a lead role due to the main actor suffering from an “accident” … and we’re at red flags #2 through #5. Oh, and the bonus part of her husband ripping a book about witches out of her hands, telling her she shouldn’t be reading is like an air traffic controller, plus the dudes on ground and a road closure signs all pointing in the direction of get the hell out ASAP.
**Spoilers** She finally does leave!! But only long enough for her husband to be called to come collect the hysterical pregnant woman. Sorry, not sorry for spoiling this, but seriously this is what terrified me the most. An 8+ month pregnant woman is terrified of her husband & her creepy OBGYN & has no one to turn to for help. Her much younger friends recommend for her to go to another doctor that she eventually goes to for help, only for her only hope to call her husband, who in turn calls creepy OBGYN, to come collect her.
But seriously, the worst ending to a film EVER. I won’t ruin it.. well maybe I will. I will give up enough to say the build up of this entire movie ends up with the lamest ending to a horror film ever.
**Side note** If you are not familiar with this film, it is a cult classic for more then one reason. The film is directed by the notorious Roman Polanski, the widow of Sharon Tate who was murdered by followers of the Charles Manson. Polanski was later charged in 1978 of the rape of a 13 year old girl, which he ended up pleading guilty to a lesser charge for. The day before his sentencing, he fled to France & has avoided extradition for his alleged crimes.
But here is the really weird trailer for the film…..