Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) are ready to start a new chapter in their lives. With Guy's acting career beginning to blossom and Rosemary feeling ready to have children, they have decided to move into a bigger apartment to accommodate the new direction they'll be taking with their lives. And that is how they came to rent a large, multi-bedroom apartment in a prestigious building known as Bramford. While inhabited mainly by elderly couples, Bramford seems both to Rosemary and Guy to be the perfect place for them to start a family. So while Guy is out during the day filming commercials and auditioning for parts, Rosemary is at home ordering new furniture for their parlor and hanging wallpaper. The young couple don't really have any connection to anyone else in the building, but an untimely death helps to gain them a few friends.
Starting a new life together in a new place...how about some new friends too?
Roman Castevet (Sidney Blackmer) and his wife Minnie (Ruth Gordon) are also tenants in Bramford. With no children or family of their own, they had taken in a young woman named Terry (Angela Dorian) who was strung out on drugs and the couple did what they could to help Terry straighten out her life. One night while coming home from dinner, Rosemary and Guy discover a roped off crime scene in front of their building...with Terry's body splattered on the sidewalk! While Rosemary had only spoken with the girl once in the laundry room, both she and Guy offered their condolences to Minnie and Roman. The elderly couple was so touched by the Woodhouse's sentiment that they invited the young couple to their apartment for dinner the next night. And that's how a friendship came to exist between the Woodhouse's and the Castevet's.
Not under the best circumstances, but you gotta meet the neighbors sometime!
Guy and Rosemary had a wonderful time sharing dinner with Roman and Minnie, they enjoyed hearing the gossip Minnie had to offer about other people who lived in the building and Roman regaled them with tales of his many journeys around the world. But as the weeks went by, Rosemary felt like Minnie was too intrusive and she needed some space - but Guy was totally smitten! He'd look for any reason to go to see Roman and chat with him over drinks about his travels and the people he's met. But one night, Guy realizes he's left Rosemary home alone for far too long and makes a sweeping gesture: tonight they will make a baby! They crack open some fine wine, have a lavish meal, and end the whole thing with several large bowls of chocolate mousse brought over by Minnie. And sure enough, within the next few days Rosemary finds out that she is indeed pregnant! Which should be wonderful news...but something keeps nagging at her about her romantic date night with Guy.
"What happened last night?"
In the middle of dinner, Rosemary had begun to feel extremely dizzy and Guy had put her to bed. But Rosemary had a freakish dream - her bedroom was filled with naked elderly people all chanting, Roman and Minnie were among them, all while Guy was making love to her...but then Guy wasn't himself. He became something different, something with horrible mean eyes. But Rosemary pushed it off as a dream. The second that Roman and Minnie found out that Rosemary was pregnant, the couple flew into action doing everything they could to help her. Minnie got Rosemary in touch with a doctor who suggests taking natural supplements instead of vitamins and pills from the pharmacy, and Minnie steps in offering to mix Rosemary a special smoothie every day with a special cake packed with ingredients to help her and the baby through the pregnancy. But as time goes on, something doesn't feel right. Instead of gaining weight and glowing like most pregnant women, she becomes pale and frail...and she is in pain! But the minute Rosemary tries to seek help from a different doctor, she's stopped by Guy or the Castevet's! They are so protective over Rosemary that soon they won't even let her leave the house! What is going on? Why won't they let her get help?
Rosemary there is a chance you may not be able to handle the truth...
I am so ashamed to admit that I didn't enjoy this movie nearly as much as I wanted to. And this is a classic among horror movies, I should have eaten this up and loved it! But I'm worried that knowing the ending of the movie might have ruined the journey, I think the element of surprise adds to the terror. However, this is definitely a very creepy movie and extremely Satanic! Kind of like The Lords of Salem but before it's time...and with a pregnant lady. If you're into horror movies from the 60s that have to deal with Satanism and witchcraft, this would be a very fun one to check out. But if, like me, you do know the ending then be warned that you may not have as much fun watching the tale unfold.
And now I need to take a moment to say WOW!! This is the 18th movie in My ABCs of Horror - which means I only have 8 more to go! Thank you so much for reading all of these posts and chiming in on Facebook and Instagram with your opinions and personal stories about each of the movies I've been watching. You're so amazing to be tagging along on this journey and I cannot thank you enough! And I also can't thank this month enough for almost being over because I'm so excited to dive into some other genres!
18 down and 8 more to go - Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube don't fail me now!