Rosemary's Baby (1968 film)
Rosemary's Baby (1968); a made-for-TV sequel Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976) exists, as does a bland remake, Rosemary's Baby (2014)
"Pray for Rosemary's baby!" A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
- Release Date: 1968
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror (Folk Horror), Thriller, Mystery
- Setting: New York City, New York USA, 1970s
- Runtime: 2 hr 17 min
- Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
- Director: Roman Polanski
- Writer: Ira Levin (novel), Roman Polanski (screenplay)
- Producer/Production Co: William Castle Productions
- View Trailer: (link), (remake)
- TVTropes: (link)
- IMDB Page: (link), (remake)
- Rated: R (Violence, Adult Content, Nudity, Sexual Situations, Profanity)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- Ss___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone)
The nominal religious horror overtones to the story might be hard for purists to handle, but the basic story isn't very far off of Lovecraft's work - simply substitute a fish-man, ghoul, or "white ape" for the devil, then tone down a couple virtually throw-away lines about the Roman Catholic church, and you've got an indisputably "Lovecraftian" horror story about a weird secret cult, miscegenation with monsters, paranoia against the multicultural population of New York, etc.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
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A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life, until she learns that her husband and neighbors are members of a satanic cult that drugged her so she could be raped by the devil and bear the antichrist in exchange for her husband getting a part in a play.
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Associated Mythos Elements
- Rosemary Woodhouse-Pickman enlists the help of investigators because she is in fear for her life: she believes that her husband and neighbors are members of a cult that want to sacrifice her baby to [insert random Lovecraftian "deity" here]! What she doesn't know, but will soon discover, is that the cult don't want to hurt the baby, and the baby's father is actually The Tentacle Monster!