Rated as one of the finest horror films made till date, ROSEMARY’S BABY is a Roman Polanski’s masterpiece which holds a special status in this particular genre for a reason. As far as the subject is concerned, yes it is horror film revolving around a loving couple recently shifted to their new department having few suspicious neighbors (Based on Ira Levin’s novel with the same title). But taking into account its unconventional & brilliantly visualized execution, the film makes its own distinct position in the all time list of Top 10 films made in the horror genre without any doubt.
Here the most interesting and outstanding merit of ROSEMARY’S BABY is that it never bows down to the routine structure of such films and doesn’t use any usual tricks of the trade to scare the hell out of you with some forcibly created scenes. There is no ghostly figure hunting down its targets displaying its extreme powers and neither is there any scary face to frighten you all of a sudden coming out of a dark corner. There are no screechy, horrible sounds especially designed to tease the viewers and there are no haunting mansions with some horrible past to be told.
But even then the film gradually creates a subtle suspenseful ambience which keeps you guessing throughout and you have more than 10 ideas in your mind till it reaches the climax. So without giving any kind of hints for its terrifying finale, I would like to say that if you have already heard or read about this before then I can’t help it. But if you haven’t heard or don’t have any clue about this film yet, then instead of reading some other reviews or write-ups on ROSEMARY BABY, just go for it at the earliest and experience it in its purest form as only then you will be able to enjoy it completely.
In some cases, for many die-hard fans of the horror genre ROSEMARY’S BABY might not be too good or a very highly satisfying scary film due to the reasons mentioned above. But it unarguably is one of the exceptional achievements made in the world of cinema due to its out of the routine treatment and a splendid ambience created just through it well written & directed sequences along with some spellbinding performances. It’s a Mia Farrow film from all angles since she is simply amazing in the role of the suffering girl passing through different phases of her pregnancy. And on that note I would also like to warn that its not a film which should be watched by all the women going through similar conditions and they should strictly avoid seeing it in those important days.
Hence taking care of that serious suggestion, do watch this classic if you wish to see something out of the box tried in the horror genre more than four decades ago. And after going through this different experience you would surely agree that its really tough to conceive such a project with this kind of conviction without relying on any of the usual features of a scary movie.
Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon and more.