When I do these lists each year, people inevitably ask me, “You’ve missed some obvious and amazing horror movies. Why haven’t you put (insert film here) in yet?” Well dear friends, as any good horror writer/filmmaker knows, it’s just as important how much you hold back as it is how much you deliver. And as difficult as it is to hold back on listing some of my absolute favorites, I must so that every Halloween, I have a super special film for you. Rosemary’s Baby is this year’s super special film. I’ve been DYING to put this on my list for a few years now, but I’ve been waiting… and waiting… till just the right moment. And this leads right into why Rosemary’s Baby itself is so utterly perfect. It is the ultimate slow burn horror film. Roman Polanski’s masterpiece waits… and waits… and peels back layer… by layer… It unfolds its mysteries at such an ideal pace, that you find yourself practically leaning forward waiting for more. For those of you who have never seen this movie, it’s about a young couple that moves into an old NY building with a dark past. As the couple meets their elderly neighbors and are “welcomed” into the community, well, a mystery begins to unfold. And yes, as the title implies, it mainly circles around Rosemary’s pregnancy. The connection you feel with Rosemary is so ideal, that it’s almost like the situations that happen to her, are happening to you as the viewer as well. From the initial stages of her pregnancy, where she loses weight instead of gains it (and she had almost none to lose in the first place), to the constant pains she must live with, to the later scenes of pure and utter helplessness, you are right there with her, feeling everything she does. And speaking of Rosemary, this is definitely Mia Farrow’s movie. She’s just so lovely in every way, that you truly feel for her. To think that this movie is almost 50 years old just blows me away. It’s just gorgeous, deep, emotional, and an ideal portrait of NY in the late 60’s. Rosemary’s Baby is an almost perfect movie. Please do yourself a favor and either revisit it, or watch it for the first time. Get drawn in again, and witness the birth… of a great film.
And thus concludes this season’s October Horror Movie Recommendations. As always, it’s been amazing everyone. Hopefully these (and the past years’ lists) will tide you over until 2014!
NEVER stop watching horror.