in about 100 words or less
USA 136m, Colour
Director: Roman Polanski; Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans
Rosemary’s Baby is a creepy film that is bolstered by an outstanding performance by Mia Farrow. As the vessel for the devil’s seed, Farrow’s character is tormented by nightmares of her drug-induced sexual encounter with the dark-lord and her suspicion that her baby will be taken from her when it is born. If that were not enough, perhaps the most disturbing part of this film is her husband’s role as a struggling actor who allows his wife to be inseminated and her baby taken in return for the promise of a successful career. The film’s only real flaw is the fact that it portrays witchcraft and satanism as compatible belief systems, when in fact, they are fundamentally opposed – which only served to confuse a generation of fans who failed to realize that a “real witch” does not subscribe to Christianity, and thus would have no interest in Satan’s spawn (Klaus Ming October 2009).