“Rosemary’s Baby” is disturbingly unpleasant


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Promotional poster for “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968).

Tegan Ruhl, Staff Writer

When I got together with some friends to watch “Rosemary’s Baby,” I didn’t have any expectations for the film. I found that despite the innocent title, “Rosemary’s Baby” is not a happy movie about childbirth. 

The 1968 horror film focuses on expecting mother Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), wife to Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes). Rosemary begins to act strange as her painful pregnancy progresses. She begins to suspect that something is seriously wrong with her baby and goes on a hunt for answers. 

I decided to watch “Rosemary’s Baby” because it was a horror movie released the same year as The Shield’s birthday in 1968. What I got out of “Rosemary’s Baby” was not what I was expecting. With each new scene, I was surprised with the turn of events.

The suspense in “Rosemary’s Baby” was done surprisingly well. The movie is intense. Rosemary is fighting for her life the moment she discovers she’s pregnant. 

From every dark moment to every glimpse of hope, I always found myself wondering if Rosemary was going to conform to the forces plaguing her or overcome her suffering. My eyes were always glued to the screen, no matter how many times I wanted to look away. 

The plot was so crafted well, and you’ll be making predictions throughout the entire film of what will happen next. However, the first 30 minutes of the movie are super slow, so you’ll have to make sure to have enough patience until then. 

My friends and I were always commenting on everything happening in the movie. We were enticed by the disturbing nature of the movie, and we were always talking about how perplexed we were the entire time.  

There are a lot of weird things that happen in “Rosemary’s Baby.” By the end of the movie, all of my questions were answered, and I was surprised by how well everything came together. 

“Rosemary’s Baby” is disturbing. First, there are some very graphic scenes in this film that include nudity and rape. If you are understandably uncomfortable with either of these things, then I suggest you either do not watch this movie or skip these scenes. 

Second, without spoiling too much of the film, “Rosemary’s Baby” deals with a lot of demonic forces. I’m already not a big fan of horror movies because I don’t like Paganism or Satanism. One of the main focuses of the film is Rosemary’s fight against the satanic forces that are attacking her, and this made me uncomfortable during points throughout the movie. It made “Rosemary’s Baby” more unpleasant for me, so just be aware of this before you watch the movie.  

As I mentioned before, “Rosemary’s Baby” isn’t the kind of scary we normally see today in horror movies. There are no jump scares or anything like that, but the demonic aspect of this film disturbs you to the point of fear. 

My friends and I were all very uneasy by the end of the movie. Even my friend who sort of likes horror movies told me after it was done, “I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep tonight after that.” 

Finally, the ending was a huge disappointment. I had high hopes for how this movie was going to end. I had this expectation that Rosemary was going to redeem herself from the pain and silence she’s been put through, but what I saw was just a glimpse of potential that withered away so quickly. 

The only part I enjoyed about the ending was one of my friends yelling, “What?!” after the movie was over. He predicted the ending from the start, and that just added on to my disappointment of the film. 

Overall, “Rosemary’s Baby” is one of those movies you can only watch once because if you watched it again, it just wouldn’t be the same. I’d give this movie a two out of five. 

I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone. However, if you’re looking for a weird movie to watch with your friends that will have you talking for the next couple of weeks, then give “Rosemary’s Baby” a try. 

All I can say is watch this movie at your own risk. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.