Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Rosemary's Baby [1968] (SSS 73)

Turns out the SSS Compound has some new neighbors.  They like to share cocktails, tell stories, and... gather up in a circle to chant?

Seemed like a good reason to take a look at the beloved Rosemary's Baby from 1968.  Neither Derek or Jeff has seen the movie prior to the watch for this episode.  We know they will say they saw a classic (impossible to argue otherwise, really) but will they say they Saw Something Scary?

Hit that download button, press play, and let's find out on this episode!

1 comment:

  1. Couldn't disagree more with this review of Rosemary's Baby. The movie is very much about atmosphere. It's the atmosphere of slowly increasing paranoia that reveals what society is really afraid of. It's the details throughout and the use of sound, the loss of control and the idea that those closest to us are doing something insidious. The realism of the movie allows Polanski to use cinematic techniques to convey themes like loss of control and loss of privacy in an urban setting; subconscious fears that many people can relate to and Polanski uses several techniques to heighten the horror and put the viewer in the shoes of Mia Farrow.
    Clearly this review doesn't get it or care for it and that's fine, but much of what they say didn't work for them, does work for the large majority of people who see this movie. Case in point, the excellent and chilling rape "dream" sequence. Why these guys didn't find it scary and effective while the large majority of people who watch this movie do, shows that there's always exceptions and no accounting for taste.
    Polanski's style and narrative manipulation is part of what makes this film so effective. And one only need do a brief online search to read about reactions to this film to see how and why so many people both love the movie and why they find it creepy and chilling. The domain of horror movies is the struggle to understand all that our civilization represses or oppresses.
    Don't go by this review if you haven't seen the movie. There's a reason this film has entered into the collective unconscious. It's great.