Haunted Movie Sets: Rosemary's Baby (1968)

3

The next thriller on the spotlight for the Haunted Movie Sets series is another popular horror flick with its own share of freaky coincidences: Roman Polanski's controversial 1968 film, Rosemary's Baby.

Rosemary’s Baby movie poster. Photo via SilverScreenPhile

Some of the most popular horror movies explored not only the presence of evil spirits, but also the idea of “spawns of Satan.” Among the earliest and most popular is a 1968 film by Roman Polanski entitled Rosemary’s Baby, the cinematic adaptation of a 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin.

The movie, which stars Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, tells the story of an expectant mother who suspects of a grim agreement between her actor husband and their bizarre neighbors, fearing that her child was promised as a human sacrifice for cult rituals in exchange for a fruitful acting career.

While the idea of spawning the devil’s child is freaky enough, the film was also surrounded by some horrifying unfortunate events:

1. A year after the movie was released, Sharon Tate, Polanski’s wife, was killed by the group led by notorious American criminal Charles Manson. She was eight months pregnant with their first child, posthumously named Paul Richard after the couple’s fathers.

2. The same year, the film’s producer William Castle was taken to the hospital due to kidney failure. Stories tell of Castle yelling out “Rosemary, for God’s sake, drop the knife!” as he was being admitted.

3. Krzysztof Komeda, who created the musical score for the movie, also happened to be admitted in the same hospital as Castle’s. He later passed away due to blood clot (reportedly due to an accidental fall), which was, by spooky coincidence, also what killed Rosemary’s friend Hutch in the movie.

Forgotten about this movie? Allow us to refresh your memory with a trailer of the vintage thriller:

Stay tuned for the next installments in this month’s Haunted Movie Sets series!

So, what do you think, were those simply unfortunate coincidences, or was the movie truly cursed? Tell us with a comment below!

Sources and additional readings:
Rosemary's Baby (film) -- Wikipedia
Famous Movie Curses -- Canada.com
Rosemary's Baby -- Turner Classic Movies

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-10-11 in #lifestyle #scary #horror #horror-movies #vintage #lomography #roman-polanski #analogue-lifestyle #haunted-movie-sets #halloween

3 Comments

  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    this movie made ​​me shit in my pants, fear and anxiety a gogo!

  2. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    Unfortunate coincidences. I suspect that many people associated with this film are dead. Does that mean it is cursed? Or is it just a matter of the passage of time?

    Is Chaplin's City Lights cursed? Ben Hur? Gone with the Wind? Disney's Snow White?

  3. domo-guy
    domo-guy ·

    WOO! I LOVE MOVIE CURSES!

More Interesting Articles

  • August 2014 Workshops and Events in Lomography Embassy Singapore

    written by lomographysg on 2014-07-30 in #events
    August 2014 Workshops and Events in Lomography Embassy Singapore

    This August, we bring you back to your roots and explore the wonders of nature! First, we cook up a storm with a film soup experiment. Followed by nature photowalks at beautiful scenic parks in Singapore to unearth the tips & tricks of trouble exposure, as well as the unique methods to perfect our macro shots. To cap off the learning month, we'll gather on a cozy Friday night for a new special sharing series by the Lomography Community -- with Sharing Session #1: Nature.

  • LomoAmigos Yougofirst Shoot With The LomoKino In Their New Snowboard Movie

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-10-09 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigos Yougofirst Shoot With The LomoKino In Their New Snowboard Movie

    Are you ready for an adrenaline rush? A little while ago, we teamed up with the snowboard and film-making collective Yougofirst and gave them a LomoKino and some film rolls to play with. After a season of crazy riding, jumps and tricks, they have finished their latest movie HETEROTOPIA which features footage shot with our 35mm movie-maker. We had the chance to catch up with Vid and Matic from the collective about the new movie and their experiences shooting analogue on the slopes. It's also our pleasure to showcase the movie here!

  • So here’s what we’ve been working on: an all new lomography.com

    written by recurving on 2015-02-03 in #world #news
    So here’s what we’ve been working on: an all new lomography.com

    For the last year we've been working on the next version of Lomography. We based our work on the feedback you’ve given us over the years and we wanted to share it as early as possible with you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Just one warning first: it is still in development and things can break. All the photos, comments, likes, homes and everything else were transferred as of October 16th, 2014. So anything you do on next.lomography.com won't be reflected on www.lomography.com and vice versa. Once we are done with testing, everything you did here will be deleted again. So this is a big playground for you to explore.

    216
  • Shop News

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply without hurting your budget. At 30% off you can now experiment with 8 sequential shots in one 35mm print! Tell stories in 2.5 seconds with 8 scenes in one shot!

  • Brigette Bloom Talks 'Float On,' Film Soaking

    written by chooolss on 2014-08-07 in #lifestyle
    Brigette Bloom Talks 'Float On,' Film Soaking

    Her choice of soak for her photographic series "Float On" may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it can't be denied that something so unique deserves a spot in the limelight. During a recent chat with Brigette Bloom, the outlandishly experimental film photographer eagerly shared her inspiration for the series, process (a tipster!), and what she thought of people's reactions over her work, among other things. Check out the exclusive interview after the cut!

    5
  • Introducing The Brand New LC-A 120 - The Most Compact & Magical Fully Automatic 120 Film Camera Ever!

    written by shhquiet on 2014-09-08 in #news
    Introducing The Brand New LC-A 120 - The Most Compact & Magical Fully Automatic 120 Film Camera Ever!

    Get ready to think fast and shoot faster! Today, we are thrilled share with you news of the brand new LC-A 120 Camera. Load it with any 120 film roll and experience the thrill of medium format photography. You’re sure to soak up all the action in every square shot with its fantastic 38mm f/4.5 wide-angle lens (equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm film camera). It's available for Pre-Order: Extremely limited first batch stock of only 500 cameras!

    35
  • Perfect Panoramas Captured with the Sprocket Rocket Winners

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-30 in #world #news #competitions
    Perfect Panoramas Captured with the Sprocket Rocket Winners

    Marvel at these retro panoramas taken with the Sprocket Rocket!

  • Shop News

    Last Day: Free Camera Deal

    Last Day: Free Camera Deal

    Last day of the free camera deal today! Grab films now worth 99 EUR/USD/GBP and get your free Diana Mini or Diana F+ Love Letters for free!

  • Photo of the Day by robertofiuza

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-30 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by robertofiuza

    Left your splitzer at home? Make use of your surroundings to create a perfect symmetrical image. Take a cue from our winning Photo of the Day!

    2
  • What Art Can Learn from the Banal

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-03-30 in #world #lifestyle
    What Art Can Learn from the Banal

    Stephen Shore introduced to the 70s art world an unadorned image of American life. He captured littered restaurant tables as other photographers would immaculate vistas. For the opening of “American Surfaces”, he even taped unframed snapshots on gallery walls. In these videos, Shore talks about objects that have “no pretention to art” and the things he learned from Andy Warhol.

  • Object of My Affection: Subbuteo

    written by sirio174 on 2015-03-30 in #world #lifestyle
    Object of My Affection: Subbuteo

    In my early adolescence, I liked to play table football. For my 12th birthday, my parents gifted me with a wonderful Subbuteo table soccer game set that I had wished for many months! This was my favorite toy until I discovered other interesting hobbies, like ham radio and electronics. So after some years, I gave away this game to other kids. I always remembered this game with pleasure and a hint of nostalgia.

  • Shop News

    Petzval Buddies

    Petzval Buddies

    Petzval lens are designed for a Canon or Nikon SLR mounts and a selection of brass or black for each camera brand is available in our stores. And start shooting with images full of sharpness, crispness and bokeh effects!

  • Proofbook is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-30 in #world #news
    Proofbook is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to proofbook for winning Home of the Day!

    1
  • Wacky Panoramas Shot with the Spinner Motorizer

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-30 in #gear #lifestyle
    Wacky Panoramas Shot with the Spinner Motorizer

    Gather all your friends for a fun panoramic portrait with Spinner 360 and Motorizer!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Kevin Law

    written by candilsw on 2015-03-30 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Kevin Law

    Kevin Law, a young photographer from Hong Kong specializing in shooting portraits, wedding events, and street snaps, likes to utilize natural lighting and colors to tell the story. Most importantly, he fell in love with the Petzval Art Lens immediately after his first try!