Is Rosemary's Baby really a horror movie

Rosemary's baby

After their wedding, the unsuccessful but ambitious actor Guy Woodhouse and his wife Rosemarie move into an old house on New York's Central Park West. After a short time, Guy visits the neighbors more and more frequently, the elderly couple Minnie and Roman Castevet. Both of them seem a bit strange to Rosemary. After Guy surprisingly gets the lead role in a Broadway play through the inexplicable blindness of a competitor, he suggests that Rosemarie have a child. On the planned night of love, Rosemary is dazed - perhaps from alcohol, but possibly also from the chocolate mousse Minnie made it. In a terrible nightmare, she is surrounded by Guy, the Castevets and their friends, while she is raped by the devil herself. In fact, the next morning she finds numerous scratch marks on her body ...

The best film in terms of horror and devil occultism. Based on the template by Ira Levin, Roman Polanski developed a superlative film: incredibly skilful structure (alternation between reality and possible dream, constant doubt and finally certainty), very well played, absolutely grippingly told and darkly staged, a super soundtrack. Incidentally, the film was produced by William Castle, who first tried his hand at acting at the end of the 1930s before moving behind the camera as director and producer. As such, he mostly made B-films (e.g. also the "Whistler" films) of various genres, but always maintained his predilection for horror stories and created his most remarkable works in this genre. Even when stars like Robert Mitchum, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Vincent Price, Glenn Ford and Robert Taylor worked with him, he was denied great success and he only made a name for himself with clever advertising propaganda (such as a high heartbeat insurance for the audience) attentive. Only the production of Polanski's "Rosmarie's Baby" brought him belated fame.

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