Everything about this movie hits the right notes. The acting is expert, especially Mia Farrow’s hugely underrated performance as the impressionable Rosemary. Roman Polanski’s direction is perfect; he eschews the shock horror approach used by directors like William Friedkin and instead creates a subtly creepy atmosphere, ratcheting up the tension gradually until you’re ready to jump out of your skin. The production design and cinematography are off-kilter in ways you can’t quite define. And the musical score, all plucked strings and jangling piano chords (except for the sinister lullaby that opens the film), is nerve-wracking. Because every element of the film comes together so well, this supernatural tale feels as realistic.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
R | 2h 17min
Synopsis: A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life
Directors: Roman Polanski
Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon