A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn’t safe around their strange neighbors.
Polish director Roman Polanski’s definitive first American feature film Rosemary’s Baby (1968), his second, scary horror film told about a young newlywed couple who moved into a large, rambling old apartment building in Central Park West, and began a loving, post-honeymoon period.
The young, newly-married 60’s couple included:
Guy Woodhouse (Oscar-nominated director and actor John Cassavetes), an unemployed, struggling actor
Rosemary (22 year old Mia Farrow), Guy’s frail, waifish wife
“Dizzy,” woozy and disoriented after eating some tainted chocolate mousse (laced with sleeping powder), Rosemary hallucinated a Black Mass, imagining herself on a mattress drifting on the ocean, and then as a passenger on a presidential yacht. Undressed, shivering and naked, and then abruptly wearing a bathing suit, various images assaulted her:
the Birth of Man paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling
a typhoon at sea
a naked descent into the hold of the ship, where a fire burned and Rosemary was lying on a mattress
She was surrounded by many chanting, overweight, elderly naked figures (of the Satanists’ coven), including Guy and neighbors Roman (Sidney Blackmer) and Minnie (Ruth Gordon) Castevet.
A bloody-red liquid was painted with rune designs on Rosemary’s bare chest. A person resembling Mrs. John F. Kennedy (Patricia Ann Conway) who wore a white diaphanous gown descended a staircase and suggested tying her legs down in case of convulsions. Attendants spread her legs apart and bound them.
In her dream-like sleep, Guy began making love to her, but then his appearance changed into a grotesque beast-like figure resembling the Devil, with yellowish eyes and clawed, scaly hands. He stroked the length of her body with his hairy claw. While being ‘raped’ during this horrific ritualistic copulation scene, as everyone watched her having intercourse with the Beast, she realized:
“This is no dream, this is really happening.”
After a nightmarish dream of making love to a Beast, the paranoid, haunted, and hysterical bride believed herself impregnated so that her baby could be used in evil cult rituals.
The next morning, Rosemary questioned mysterious scratches she found on the side of her body. She was appalled that Guy admitted making love to her while she was passed out – supposedly from mixing alcohol – “It was kind of fun in a necrophile sort of way.” She remembered something quite different from Guy’s recollection – a demonic, inhuman rape:
Rosemary: “I dreamed someone was raping me, I think from someone inhuman.”
Guy: “Thanks a lot. Whatsa matter?”
Guy: “I didn’t want to miss the night.”
Rosemary: “We could have done it this morning or tonight. Last night wasn’t the only split-second.”
Guy: “I was a little bit loaded myself, you know.”
Director: Roman Polański
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