Based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin, “Rosemary’s Baby” tells the story of the titular Rosemary, who moves into a New York apartment with her husband Guy. Shortly after moving, Rosemary has a dream in which a demon rapes her. It’s a horrifying sequence, but what makes “Rosemary’s Baby” one of the greatest psychological horror movies of all time is what comes after. As Rosemary attempts to discover the truth of what has happened — and why her developing pregnancy is taking an abnormally large toll on her body — she is blocked at every turn by her husband, their neighbors, and even doctors. It’s a terrifying movie to watch, as Rosemary cannot regain any sense of control over her own life or body, and it explores various aspects of femininity — like motherhood and female bodies — in an unsettling way that few other films have since.
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- Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
- Director: Roman Polanski
- Year: 1968
- Runtime: 136 minutes
- Rating: R
- Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%