Haunted Movie Sets: Rosemary's Baby (1968)

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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 #vintage #horror-movies #halloween #scary #horror #roman-polanski #analogue-lifestyle #haunted-movie-sets #lomography

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!

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