Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Dir- Roman Polanski
What price is someone willing to pay for fame and glory in the film industry. Well, it seems that Guy Woodhouse is ready to give up the soul of his firstborn. A young and pre-Woody Mia Farrow plays a lovely homemaker who finds her hubby hanging around a spooky collection of people who are awaiting her baby's arrival. Rosemary does a little research and is shocked to discover that her unborn child is desired for purposes too sinister to consider. Gimmick filmmaker William Castle produced this film based on the novel by Ira Levin and directed by Roman Polanski. Polanski had sought actresses Tuesday Weld and Sharon Tate for the role of Rosemary before selecting Mia Farrow when her fame rested on being married to Frank Sinatra. John Cassavetes beat out Jack Nicholson for the part of Guy Woodhouse and Ruth Gordon who won an Oscar for her role as one of the members of the coven. For a movie lacking violence Polanski evoked a feeling of dread and menace that builds slowly making this one of the most effective thrillers ever made. A classic that predates the more gore infested Omen and Exorcist in the demonic possession genre.