Nine minutes of pleasure, followed by nine months of Hell, doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the terrors within. What hath Rosemary wrought upon civilization?
Before Viewing: It’s been over 2 decades since I last saw Rosemary’s Baby (1968). I remember almost nothing other than it’s about a woman, Rosemary, and she’s having a baby. Oh, and people in her apartment complex are witches or satanists.
The trailer looks like they older witch-folk may be trying to alter her pregnancy thru food or drink, but I can’t be sure. I don’t recall why they need the baby, but it’s gotta be for a good reason, right? Let’s give the old people a shadow of doubt and watch the film. Then I can report back here and say whether or not they’re sweet or nasty!
Presented below is the Trailer for the film.
After Viewing: This film is really messed up! Watching the film as an adult changes my feelings about it , totally! Obviously I missed something in my previous watch as a young twentysomething. I thought that the witches were just stealing her baby to use for rituals. Nope. Full-on devil spawn!
“What have you done to its eyes?”
“He has his father’s eyes.”
“What are you talking about? Guy’s eyes are normal!” – Rosemary Woodhouse & Roman Castevet
I also see how much of a jerk Rosemary’s husband, Guy, is. He conspires with the coven of old witches to let a demon (or possible Satan hisself) rape his wife. Then he and the coven give her all sorts of strange herbs and foods, presumably to ensure a healthy anti-Christ. And then when her baby is born they steal it and say it dies in childbirth!! It’s completely horrible.
Rosemary’s Baby is a wonderful film that really holds up. I mean, it looks like the 60’s, but the cinematography is beautiful, and the story really captivates. Obviously it does rely on the viewer to have some empathy about women and the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth. Or at least the trust of your partner in the whole don’t-let-a-demon-impregnate-her kind of way.
The story isn’t very complicated and unfolds at possibly too slow a pace. At the end of the film, when the quote above is spoken, we never actually get to see the baby. I was trying to think if there was the possibility of the father being ambiguous at all. But between that line (about the baby’s eyes) and the fact that Roman screams that the baby’s father is Satan, there’s not much room for questioning. I believe we have to take the dream sequence early in the film as factual, with rape of Rosemary by a non-human entity.
After she sees her baby, I kept expecting her to grab it and jump out the window, much like the woman earlier in the film had done. I just wanted to have her take the power away from this group of manipulative octogenarians. But she doesn’t. Her motherly instincts kick in and she just smiles down at the baby. Fade to black! That is probably the scariest thing about this film. The question about “What happens next??” is up to us to decide.