'Rosemary's Baby' is without doubt Roman Polanski's best movie.
Still after fourty years this film scares me. Not in the kind of gruesome (torture-porn) kind of way that the Saw franchise do, but in a deeply psychological way, in the spirit of all the great twentieth century horror films. Rosemary (Mia Farrow) is the young married woman who's just moving into an upstate New York appartment block with her husband, actor Guy (John Cassavetes). The pair soon get to know their neighbours (mainly) Minnie Castevet & her husband Roman Castevet (Sidney Blackmer).
Rosemary's baby is a very scary film, not gruesome (sometimes mildly explicit) but it has that claustrophobic eery feeling & after the first half of the film the feeling that no one can be trusted & that the world is conspring against Rosemary is very apparent.
The story is set into motion when Guy announces to a broody Rosemary that he wishes to have a baby. Which leads to probably the only prorper 'horror' scene in the film.
The performances in the movie are phenomenal, particularly that of Ruth Gordon, who plays the nosy meddling neighbour (she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance). Mia Farrow is also very convincing as Rosemary, the trapped individual whose intentions are always good.
A stupendous film that will give the viewer a taste of a good horror movie, before the directors of this genre got lazy & decided to just give B list actors a vague & undeveloped plot line, just to accomodate 'torture-porn' (which I do like, but it doesn't compare to the creepiness & subtlety of a horror movie like this.)
I would recommend this movie to all fans of Alfred Hitchcock, other works of Roman Polanski & Stanley Kubrick.
In conclusion a great film, everything is right about this, a true horror great that would be in at least the top five best horror pictures of all time.