Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pray for Rosemary's Baby.

Let's get right to it.  The title of this post was the original tagline for my #29 pick for best horror film - Rosemary's Baby (Polanski, 1968).  This Oscar winning horror-thriller film is about a young couple who moves into a new apartment, only to be met by rather odd neighbors and and even odder occurrences.  When the wife (Mia Farrow) becomes pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child consumes her life.  This is definitely a must-see classic.  Even if you are not particularly fond of horror films, you will still enjoy this film.  It's not a gory-slasher film, but a well-acted psychological thriller.  As Ed Park of Village Voice stated in his review of the film, "Superbly acted, it's a satantango in the land of Is-this-real-or-am-I-crazy?, with a luridly literal ending that doesn't negate the previous, more interior terrors."  And in their 1968 review, TV Guide stated that the "brilliance of the film is that it takes this realistic basis and builds upon it with supernatural metaphors that make preganany a rich and strange condition."

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