JUNE 2, 2014

I know this is blasphemy, but I’ve never been a huge fan of Roman Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968). I can’t put my finger on it, but it always rubbed me the wrong way even though the rest of the world considers it a masterpiece and one of the greatest horror films of all time. 

With that said, I had no feelings either way for the brand new TV mini-series remake. As a matter of fact, I would have skipped it altogether if it hadn’t been for my wife insisting we watch it. 

For what it’s worth, the TV movie is well made from a technical aspect. It moves at a swift pace and held my attention. But that’s really the best I can say about it as it just kind of hung there and afterwards I had the feeling of “Well…that just happened.” 

For those not familiar with the adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana) and her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams) move to Paris for a fresh start. Having met Roman (Jason Isaacs) and Margaux Castevet (Carole Bouquet), Rosemary and Guy’s lives take a turn for the best and due to a series of unusual happenstances, they wind up with a posh apartment in the Castevet’s complex that’s way above their pay grade. 

Soon Rosemary is pregnant and everything looks like it’s falling into place. But looks can be deceiving. Rosemary becomes increasingly paranoid about their new friends and about the safety of her unborn child as people start dropping like flies around her. Little does she know the horrific chain of events that are to follow as her due date quickly approaches. 

The plotting is pretty straightforward and fairly predictable whether you know the story or not and given that they must compete with the likes of THE WALKING DEAD, GAME OF THRONES and HANNIBAL, the deaths in ROASEMARY’S BABY are more gruesome and graphic with a lot more blood spilt. 

I would still recommend the original Polanski film over this one just because of it’s place in horror history, but if you fancy a “then & now” approach watch both and follow it up with a CARRIE triple feature (There’s a TV remake AND a new film).