Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

DVD - 2006
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The story of a young New York couple who are expecting their first child. After unwittingly becoming friendly with a coven of witches and warlocks, the husband makes an evil pact and the wife is impregnated by the Devil.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, 2006, 1968
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD ROS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (136 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 21, 2019

“This is no dream, this is really happening!” And yes, it is really happening and this film paved the way to decadence. In this film, Roman Polanski exposes Satanic content to the world. He warned his audiences of an important cultural shift in the future that will dawn in a new age. The film is based on the novel by the same name. Rosemary’s Baby is about a innocent and vulnerable girl by the name of Rosemary Woodhouse (played by Mia Farrow) who is married to a struggling actor by the name of Guy (played by John Cassavetes) and she comes to believe that Satanists are scheming to steal her unborn baby for human sacrifice. Rosemary and Guy’s set up home is at the Dakota where John Lennon later lived with his wife Yoko Ono. It was disturbing to discover that her husband, Guy sold Rosemary and his unborn child to the Satanists to further his acting career. How far are people willing to go for this thing called fame? It makes me think that he was one of the most wicked husband’s in all of film. Roman Polanski demonstrates a drugged and unconscious woman being raped by the devil (as an offering to Satan as his bride) and also reveals that there were scratch marks on her body. It was even more troubling when her husband claimed, “It was kind of fun in a necrophile sort of way, I didn’t want to miss baby night,” it feels as if he was making a disturbing apology for raping his unconscious wife (even though it is not true, the devil raped Rosemary). But the truth, he is concealing is even more disturbing than what Rosemary realises. Rosemary tries to escape, but they catch her, and then she goes into labour. She falls prey to the suspicion that Satanists may have used her child in a sacrifice. She comes upon a crowd of familiar faces, standing around a black crib. Everyone watches as the innocent mother of the devil’s child sees the image of her baby not butchered as a human sacrifice but as something far worse, “Its eyes! What have you done to its eyes!” She hears Satanic praises of victory from the crowd: “Hail Satan!” “God is Dead!” “The year is One!” It seems that Roman Polanski manufactured this film to introduce a new belief, a new religion and a new era that will one day become an acceptable religion for all. Now, I understand why Roman Polanski made Rosemary hold onto the cover of Time magazine on their April 1966 issue, which asked “Is God Dead?” in bold red letters on a black background. When Rosemary (played by Mia Farrow) sings the Devil’s lullaby over the opening and ending credits, it is a hint that even innocence will submit to the new satanic wave. It is like the way Rosemary discovers the truth and opens the Pandora box, Polanski reveals the darker side of the human race, the carnal and bestial human desires that had been concealed for years and now is being normalized as we enter the age of decadence. Rosemary’s Baby explores the underground Satanist concepts in order to normalize their values to the world. It was an endorsement of eroticising Satanic ritual abuse so that mass numbers of youth (of the 1960s) may be interested in joining Anton LaVey’s church of Satan, which was founded two years before the initial release of the film and was also a guideline for how to practice Satanic rituals. Strangely, there are rumours that Anton LaVey played the devil who raped Rosemary in the film. This movie also predicted the rise of Satanism, such as the rise of Lucien Greaves (the co-founder of the Satanic Temple), and the fall of God. It also paved the way for Netflix’s Satanic TV themes as we can clearly see with the highly occult TV shows such as (just to name a few) the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Lucifer. @janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Derringer
Jun 18, 2019

The sinister scares that took place in this grossly over-rated Horror/Thriller from 1968 were so few, and far between, that they were almost non-existent.
Basically, all that this movie ended up being was just one long, drawn-out build-up to a totally disappointing finale where, after sitting through well-over 2 hours of nonsense, we never even got a single glimpse of the demon-baby, anyway.
When people speak about "Rosemary's Baby", the word "atmospheric" is how I've often heard many of them enthusiastically gush and rave over it. But, about the only "atmosphere" that I detected while watching this over-long movie was that of claustrophobia and boredom.
"Rosemary's Baby" was yet another modern-day tale of Satanism. This time the inanity was set in New York City. I really wouldn't waste my time with this one. All of the great stuff that people told me about it certainly wasn't in the least bit true.

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JohnnyTooGood
May 02, 2019

When a promising young couple moves next to some strange elderly folks, a bad ob-gyn gets recommended to them with alarming results!

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RobertC65
Mar 31, 2019

I watched this film many years ago-and even in its 1960s period, it was creepier than ever. The book by Ira Levin, by the way, matched the screenplay perfectly. Lots of old Hollywood faces in some darker roles. After viewing this great horror classic, look for the modern adaption of the same story.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 08, 2018

While I think there are a few problems with the plot, this classic horror movie is pretty great at being unnerving.

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reginator_22
Feb 02, 2018

Creepy, I thought it should have been better though.

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Maoisdead
Jan 23, 2017

Quite possibly the finest horror film ever made, this is the brilliant adaptation of Ira Levin's novel about a young couple nervously expecting their first child.

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TwilightBlue
Oct 25, 2016

Long and tiresome story about modern-day Satanists operating in NYC.

Yep. This one could have been better.

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blkops33
Dec 04, 2015

Like that old dude said near the end of this movie "HAIL SATAN!"
Love this fim!

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ManMachine
May 30, 2015

(*Possible Spoilers!*) - OK. Let me get this right - Struggling (but not starving) NYC actor, Guy Woodhouse, is such an unfathomable, low-life, scumbag that (get this!) within the very first evening of meeting his creepy neighbour, Roman Castevets (aka. Steven Marcato) he secretly agrees to offer up his clueless wife, Rosemary, to Satan so that this monster can fornicate with and, yes, ejaculate into her.

And in exchange for this generous donation to the devil of the unenlightened Rosemary, Guy, in turn, is promised great success as a Broadway stage actor (whether he's got any real talent, or not).

You know, you'd honestly think that the totally self-centred Guy would have at least been somewhat more ambitious about his career goal and had demanded that the demon-worshippers had offered him a position as a powerful political figure (like, maybe, a state Senator, or something), instead of settling for the part of being a crummy, little actor.

And, with that said - You'd really think that the Satanists would have strongly encouraged Guy to go into politics, as well. I mean, what the hell good could a nothing stage-actor be to a bunch of first-rate bastards who kissed the very ground that Lucifer walked on?

And, on top of all of that demented bargaining business - You'd also honestly think that Roman and his idiotic brethren would have been able to have rounded up a real hot babe who was actually more than willing to screw with the devil, rather than all of this deceitful nonsense of using the totally ignorant Rosemary and, thus, putting her (and all of us viewers, as well) through all of this bull.

Like, c'mon, folks - If you ask me - This film's over-long and boring story of 135 minutes was utterly brain-dead from start to finish. It really was.

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reginator_22
Feb 15, 2018

Sexual Content: Nudity, rape scene.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 28, 2013

Sexual Content: Some brief nudity and sexual scenes. Reference to Satan worship.

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reginator_22
Feb 02, 2018

Minnie Castevet: He chose you, honey! From all the women in the world to be the mother of his only living son!

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