Shocktober Day #8! Satan’s Spawn! “Rosemary’s Baby” Shocks Mia Farrow’s Marriage!

Rosemary Woodhouse: What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs!
Roman Castevet: HE HAS HIS FATHER’S EYES…

Talk about horror!

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Time To Get Shocktober’d By Satan!

The 8th day of “Shocktober” is here – time to celebrate one of the greatest horror films ever made – the classic shocker:

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Rosemary’s Baby!

This CLASSIC horror film offers up the tag line:

“Pray For Rosemary’s Baby…”

First, check out the trailer, which sets up the premise of this classic horror film well:

Mia Farrow is Rosemary, and John Cassavetes is her husband Guy Woodhouse – they move into an apartment in a building with a bad reputation. Their neighbors are a very friendly elderly couple named Roman and Minnie Castevet…yes, VERY FRIENDLY, and Guy begins to spend a lot of time with them.

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Strange things start to happen: a woman Rosemary meets in the laundry dies a mysterious death, Rosemary has strange dreams and hears strange noises and Guy becomes remote and distant. And of course, there is that horrifying dream about lovemaking she can’t shake…

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Then Rosemary gets pregnant and begins to suspect that her neighbors have special plans for her child. Oh, she also has the WORST pregnancy of all time!

Roman Polanski’s City Horror!

Director Roman Polanski uses the city of New York as a character – every building looks evil, and the city in a sense swallows Farrow up and is part of the conspiracy against her…

When Farrow was reluctant to film a scene that depicted a dazed and preoccupied Rosemary wandering into the middle of a Manhattan street into oncoming traffic, Polanski pointed to her pregnancy padding and reassured her, “no one’s going to hit a pregnant woman”. The scene was successfully shot with Farrow walking into real traffic and Polanski following, operating the hand-held camera since he was the only one willing to do it.

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Cue Evil Frank Sinatra!

It was on the set of this film that Mia Farrow received divorce papers from then-husband Frank Sinatra. He was angry that filming was taking too long and demanded she quit the film. When she didn’t, he divorced her!

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Back to the horror onscreen –

This movie build to a shocking climax, as Rosemary knows that something is wrong – very wrong, with her baby…

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Rosemary Woodhouse: What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs!
Roman Castevet: He has his father’s eyes.

The Criterion Collection has a special release including the following:

New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

New interviews with Director Roman Polanski, actor Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans

What a great way to celebrate Shocktober 2016! If you need more proof, I have a few “PIECES” of information to share:

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Yes, this classic 80’s shocker will fill your Shocktober nicely – see the original shocking trailer here:


https://johnrieber.com/2016/10/07/shocktober-day-7-pieces-of-cult-80s-bloody-halloween-2016-horror/

If you like your Halloween a bit less bloody, but still full of great scares, check this out:

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This great “haunted house” film stars the iconic George C. Scott – you can see the trailer here:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/10/02/shocktober-2016-haunted-house-the-changeling-spooks-day-2/

And recently, America has been “spooked” by the appearance of real evil clowns:

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Wow! There are a few great Halloween “evil clown” films to check out, and you can see them here:


https://johnrieber.com/2016/10/06/real-shocking-creepy-clowns-killer-klowns-shocktober-day-6-is-it-pennywise-is-torn-from-todays-headlines/

Let me know if you are planning to invite “Rosemary” to your house this Shocktober!

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11 replies

  1. I love this movie and I usually feel compelled to watch it every October!

  2. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    The film that broke up Mia Farrow’s marriage to Frank Sinatra…#shocktober #31daysofhorror

  3. I loved this film at the time. Right up to the bit where they showed the ‘baby’ and spoiled it!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. This movie represents psychological horror at some of its strongest. That slow burn of it makes it even more horrifying.

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