YMMV / Rosemary's Baby

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Ask anyone who's never seen the movie what they know about it. Chances are the baby's father being Satan (or at least a demon) will be the first thing they come up with.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Most people take the ending at face value, but it's vague enough that there's room for speculation. Is Rosemary paranoid, with delusions brought on by a difficult pregnancy? Is that final scene just another nightmare? Or are the Castevets the delusional ones, spinning coincidental happenings as proof of their powers? Or maybe they're all feeding each other's delusions?
  • Broken Base: The Mini Series remake. The YouTube comments on the trailer are all arguments as to how they changed the setting to Paris, made the Castavets younger, cast an "ethnic" actress as Rosemary (along with arguments as to just what ethnicity Zoe Saldana isnote ), and remade it in the first place...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Minnie's catty sidekick Laura-Louise is only on-screen for about five minutes, but Patsy Kelly (who'd been a minor comedy star during The Golden Age of Hollywood playing Deadpan Snarker characters) gives a great performance in the role and is one of the most memorable things about the film.
    • Judging from Google searches, the Trench sisters have captured some people's imaginations far beyond their brief mention by Hutch in the story.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Rosemary is fed some type of Satanic roofie before getting raped. Roman Polanski would know all about that...
    • Roman Polanski makes a film about a cult targeting a pregnant woman, and the following year the Manson Family kills his wife Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant.
      • And there's the coincidental fact that the fictional cult is led by a man named Roman.
    • The apartment building used in the film is actually the Dakota, now best known as the site of John Lennon's murder. The entryway where Lennon was shot to death is prominently featured. And, tying into the above, what was the name given to that fateful night? "Helter Skelter."
    • The Satanic Panic, a witch-hunt that took place in the '80s and '90s in the US and UK (yes, that's the 1980s-90s) involved innocent people getting jailed for life over some pretty wild accusations that were sometimes awfully close to the story of this film.
      • Ira Levin later expressed regret that his novel partially paved the way for the popularity of similarly satanic-themed films and books, which in turn may have sparked the Satanic Panic.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Maybe it's "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny, but a bunch of senior citizens chanting "Hail Satan!" may not quite have the effect on modern viewers as it did when the movie was released.
  • Sequelitis: Look Whats Happened To Rosemarys Baby, a 1976 Made-for-TV Movie about Rosemary's now-grown son Adrian struggling to adjust to adult life and his role as the Anti Christ. While it had two notable participants from the 1968 film (Ruth Gordon returned as Minnie, and it was directed by Sam O'Steen, who edited the first film) it had little else that made the original film worthwhile.
  • Values Dissonance: Smoking in front of pregnant women is considered perfectly all right!
    • Also, the books Hutch writes are repeatedly referred to as adventure books "for boys".
  • The Woobie: Rosemary. All she wanted was a baby, but she just HAD to live next door to Satanists, and her husband just HAD to be a complete asshole that would sacrifice Rosemary to them just for a freaking part in a play.


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