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->''"He chose you, honey! From all the women in the world to be the mother of his only living son!"''
-->'''Minnie Castevet'''

A novel by Ira Levin, '''''Rosemary's Baby''''' became better known as a 1968 film by Creator/RomanPolanski. It starred Mia Farrow as the eponymous Rosemary, who moves in with her husband Guy into a New York apartment. Their neighbors are the Castevets, an elderly couple who seem nice enough at first. She has a dream, and then things get very weird for her.

The film was shot at the Dakota Apartments in New York City, where JohnLennon lived and where he was murdered in 1980.

The film received a [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV]] sequel, ''Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby'', in 1976, while Ira Levin wrote a sequel to the book, ''Son of Rosemary'', in 1997. It also received a MiniSeries remake on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2014 [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/27/nbc-announces-remakes-of-rosemarys-baby-and-the-tommyknockers written by Scott Abbott]] and starring Creator/ZoeSaldana as Rosemary. Unlike the made-for-TV sequel, it is based on both books by Ira Levin.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation / PragmaticAdaptation: both averted. Ira Levin has stated that he was amazed by how faithful the film was to the novel; Creator/StephenKing described is as so faithful that you really only needed one or the other.
** At one point Polanski even rang Levin to inquire exactly which issue of a magazine one of the characters was reading when they noticed a shirt advert. Ira Levin replied that he just made this up.
* AdultFear: The real horror comes from not the supernatural themes -- which are rather subdued by today's standards -- but from Rosemary's predicament: [[spoiler:she is manipulated and conspired against by everyone around her, and even when she realizes this and fights back, she is powerless to stop them.]]
* AffablyEvil: The Castavets, particularly Roman.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Subverted.]]
** [[spoiler:Though in the sequel novel, it turns out the first book really was a dream. A prophetic dream. DUN! DUN! DUN!]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Younger viewers may be a little surprised to see that Rosemary has to see if she's pregnant by [[TechnologyMarchesOn visiting the doctor and getting her blood drawn, and then wait to find out the results later]].
* TheAntiChrist: They hope so, at least.
** [[spoiler:AntiAntiChrist: What Rosemary hopes to raise her child as.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The cultists succeed in their plan to spawn the Antichrist -- and it seems that they've drawn Rosemary herself into their ranks.]]
** [[spoiler:The novel subverts it a little. While Rosemary does agree to raise her baby, it's because she hopes that she can influence him to reject his destiny and embrace his human side. This is shown when she demands that the baby be named Andrew (instead of "Adrian", after the cult's founder) and not wear black all of the time.]]
* BigApplesauce
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Pretty much anyone who's in the cult.
* CallBack: plenty, the film really makes use of horrible little moments or elements that come back later, for instance:
** Dr. Shand: [[spoiler:briefly mentioned before as another Castevet friend, introduced to Rosemary at New Year's, and showing up to drive them from Dr. Hill's.]]
** The paintings in the Castevet's home: [[spoiler:the spaces on their walls are noted by Rosemary when they first have dinner there. Later, a burning building and a sinister bearded man overlooking the ritual are elements of Rosemary's "dream"; and later we see, in the final scene, the picture of the burning church in the hallway, and the painting of the man in the living room, which is actually a portrait of Adrian Marcato, Roman's father.]]
** The very first scene: [[spoiler:When Nicklas is showing Miss Gardenia's apartment, there are plenty of herbs everywhere, which is confirmed that she grew things with Minnie. Then Nicklas notices the dresser in the hallway blocking the closet for some strange reason, revealed that the closet has a secret door between the apartment and the Castevets' next door. And before any of that: Rosemary noticing a strange note made (presumably) by Miss Gardenia ("...i can no longer associate myself") alluding to the Castevet's evil influence.]] And plenty more...
* TheCameo: Elisha Cook, Jr! Hooray!
** Wait a second... is that William Castle outside the phone booth?
** That's Tony Curtis [[TheVoice on the phone]] as the actor who's blinded and replaced by Guy in a play.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Inverted with Rosemary. She was raised Catholic but has drifted away from the church, and the Castevets find her a ripe target. Meanwhile, her stolidly Catholic sister can sense that Rosemary is in danger but Rosemary doesn't get anything of the sort.
* ChekhovsGun: The Scrabbleboard pieces.
** Hutch's missing glove.
** The knife rack in the kitchen.
* ChekhovsGunman: Dr. Hill.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Roman criticizes the Catholic Church, but not a word is said about any other one.
* ComatoseCanary: Rosemary fills this role in the time between ''Rosemary's Baby'' and ''Son of Rosemary''.
* ComicallySmallBribe: A non-comedic example. Guy allows his wife to be raped and impregnated by Satan, so she can bear the Antichrist. Does he get power? Riches? Fame? Nope. He gets a part in a play.
** A small but important play, the kind of thing that gets noticed and ''leads'' to power, riches, and fame. "He's suddenly very hot."
* {{Cult}}: A Satanic one, at that.
* DeadpanSnarker: Guy.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: This movie has a ''very'' slow start. But once it gets going...
* DownerEnding
* EvilOldFolks: [[spoiler:Although, despite being Satanists, they're kind of nice people.]]
* ExtremeDoormat: Rosemary. Everything about Guy under {{jerkass}}? She basically goes along with it.
* FetusTerrible: Although aside from causing her several months of unusually extreme pain, the fetus itself doesn't have that much influence while it's in Rosemary's womb.
** EnfantTerrible: When it's finally born.
* FriendsRentControl: A struggling actor and his non-working wife living in a prewar apartment in an exclusive Upper West Side building that, even in the '60s, a hedge fund manager could barely afford in real life. Justified in that New York rent control prevents the landowner from raising rent above a certain percentage of what the previous tenant (an elderly woman who had been there for decades) was charged. The superintendent even comments on this, saying that they would charge a great deal more if they could.
** Justified in the remake, where the original apartment Guy and Rosemary live in catches fire, and the Castevets offer them a spare apartment in their building, telling them they can live there for the rent they were paying at their old apartment.
* GodIsDead: In a doctor's waiting room, Rosemary reads a magazine with a cover asking, "Is God Dead?" (an actual ''Time'' issue from 1966).
* HellishPupils: The devil mating with Rosemary has these.
** The baby is suggested to have inherited them as well.
* HollywoodSatanism: Subverted. The Satanic coven is probably the closest you'll ever come to actual Satanists in a Hollywood film. The only ritual we see doesn't feature big black robes or child sacrifice, but rather a bunch of old people singing naked.
* {{Incubus}}
* {{Jerkass}}: From the beginning Guy was more than a bit of a jackass. Seriously, what man repeatedly states to his wife's face that he thinks her haircut makes her look hideous and that it's the worst decision she's ever made?
** The night after [[spoiler:Satan impregnates her]], Rosemary notices some scratches on her. Guy tells her he got too excited last night and then handwaves it as "Baby Night." Outside of the fact that [[spoiler:Guy is covering for the fact that he let ''Satan rape his wife'', he covers by saying ''he'' basically raped her unconscious body, scratching her in the process, and thinks ''that's'' an acceptable cover story. To top it off, he says "it was kind of fun, in a necrophiliac way"]].
* LargeHam: Ruth Gordon, and it earns her an AcademyAward.
* MeaningfulEcho: "To 1966! The year one!"
* NumberOfTheBeast: Present throughout, right down to Rosemary's due date: 6/66.
* NightmareFace: In the final scene when Rosemary discovers her baby. While not disfigured, the look on Rosemary's face when she first sees her child, and her eyes go INCREDIBLY WIDE...you don't even have to see what the baby looks like, her horrified expression tells it all.
** Also Satan, though (thankfully) we don't see too much of it.
* NosyNeighbor: Minnie and Roman.
* PeopleInRubberSuits: {{Satan}}. It's not a very convincing suit, which is probably why they avoid showing you too much.
* PhoneBooth
* ProductPlacement: Rosemary makes a big deal about the fact that her new haircut is Vidal Sassoon. All of the characters then say it doesn't look good on her.
* PutOnABus: In the made-for-tv sequel, Rosemary is literally put on a ([[AutomatedAutomobiles driverless]]) bus in the beginning of the movie and is never seen again.
* ReligiousHorror
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Terry Gionoffrio.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Hutch.]]
* {{Satan}}
* {{Sequel}}: ''Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby'' for the film, and ''Son of Rosemary'' for the book.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Rosemary becomes suspicious of her husband and the neighbors he's befriended. [[spoiler:She discovers her suspicions are all too horribly true. She tries to escape. She fails. It wouldn't have made any difference if she'd succeeded. In the end, she just gives up.]] What was at stake? [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Everything.]]
** [[spoiler:She doesn't give up in the book, though. She first plans to grab the baby and jump out the window with it to kill it, then plans to agree to raise it, with the intent of guiding it to be a good person and not evil.]]
* ShoutOut: Rosemary mentions in passing that she and Guy enjoyed watching a production of ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' the other day.
* SignificantAnagram: Steven Marcato the warlock. Roman Castevet the neighbor. [[spoiler:They're one and the same.]]
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Hinted at, [[spoiler: though ultimately subverted.]]
* TitleDrop: In-universe example. Rosemary reads a book titled "All them witches". When she starts growing more and more paranoid she starts rambling "Witches... witches... all of them, witches... All them witches!" and then seems to laugh to herself.
* TraumaticHaircut: Kind of applies to Rosemary.
* TheUnreveal: We never see Rosemary's baby's face, we're only told [[spoiler:it has the eyes and feet of Satan.]]
* UrbanLegends: Church of Satan founder Anton [=LaVey=] wasn't actually involved in this film, and that isn't him in the demon costume.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Rosemary thinks that the Castevets are going to [[spoiler:sacrifice her baby. She's wrong. After all, why would they kill TheAntichrist, the one who they hope will bring Satan's reign on Earth?]]
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