Rosemary’s Baby (novel) Rosemary’s Baby (film) Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby (TV film) Son of Rosemary (novel)

1967-RosemarysBabyBook ROSEMARY’S BABY (novel by Ira Levin)
Published March 12, 1967
Rosemary’s Baby is a horror novel by American writer Ira Levin (A Kiss Before Dying, The Stepford Wives) his second published book. It became the top bestselling horror novel of the 1960s. The commercial success of the novel helped launch a “horror boom”, where horror fiction would achieve enormous commercial success.

ROSEMARY AND GUY WOODHOUSE were delighted at the chance to move into the Bramford, one of Manhattan’s oldest and most celebrated apartment houses. Their friend Hutch urged them not to; he knew of too many shadows in the Bramford’s past – unsavoury tenants like Adrian Marcato, who had practised witchcraft, and the monstrous Trench sisters. But Rosemary and Guy were clear-thinking and not at all superstitious; they dismissed Hutch’s warnings and moved in.

At first they were completely happy. Rosemary hung curtains and planned a nursery for the baby she hoped to have one day. Guy pursued his career as a stage and television actor. They met their neighbours, who were friendly and unintrusive.

And then, one day when Rosemary was down in the basement laundry room, a girl her own age came in…

In 1968, the novel was adapted into a movie of the same name.

Levin published a sequel to the novel, titled Son of Rosemary in 1997. A made-for-TV movie sequel to the Polanski film, Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby, was produced in 1976 but is unrelated to the book’s sequel.

In 2014, the novel was adapted as an NBC television mini-series with Zoe Saldana as Rosemary. The two-part miniseries aired on Mother’s Day of that year.

1968-Rosemarys_baby_poster ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968 film)
Released June 12, 1968 (US); January 24, 1969 (UK)

Pray for Rosemary’s Baby.

Rosemary’s Baby is an American psychological horror film with supernatural horror elements written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin.

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an apartment in an opulent but gothic building in Manhattan. Their landlord Edward “Hutch” Hutchins attempts to dissuade them from doing so: the building has an unsavoury history. They discover that their neighbours are a very friendly elderly couple named Roman and Minnie Castevet, and Guy begins to spend a great deal of time with them. Strange things begin to happen: a young woman Rosemary meets in the laundry commits suicide, Rosemary has strange dreams and hears strange noises and Guy becomes remote and distant. Then Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect that her neighbours have special plans for her child. [IMDb.com]

Rosemary’s Baby earned almost universal acclaim from film critics and won numerous nominations and awards. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Notable Cast

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Roman Polanski, writer/director

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Mia Farrow, Rosemary Woodhouse

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John Cassavetes, Guy Woodhouse

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Ruth Gordon, Minnie Castevet

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Maurice Evans, Hutch

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Ralph Bellamy, Dr Abraham Sapirstein

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Charles Grodin, Dr Hill

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Elisha Cook Jr, Mr Nicklas

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Tony Curtis, Donald Baumgart (voice, uncredited)
 Soundtrack by Krzysztof Komeda

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LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY’S BABY (1976 TV film)
Broadcast October 29, 1976 (US)
Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby is an American made-for-television horror film and a sequel to Roman Polanski‘s 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby.

It has little connection to the novel by Ira Levin, on which the first film was based. It is not based on Levin’s sequel novel, Son of Rosemary, which was published later, although there are some similarities (e.g. the child in both stories is called Andrew/Andy).

The only actor to return from the first film is Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castevet. Sam O’Steen, an editor on the first film, directed this sequel. Patty Duke, who plays Rosemary, was considered for the role in the 1968 film; it went to Mia Farrow.

The film is split into three sections, The Book of Rosemary, The Book of Adrian, and The Book of Andrew.

The Book of Rosemary

The coven preparing for a ritual, only to discover that Adrian (Rosemary’s baby), now eight years old, is missing from his room. Knowing Rosemary must be responsible for this, the coven members use her personal possessions to enable the forces of evil to locate her. Rosemary and Adrian are hiding in a synagogue for shelter. While hiding there, supernatural events begin to affect the rabbis. However, as they are seeking sanctuary in a house of God, the coven is unable to affect them.

Rosemary later boards a bus and the doors slam shut behind her before Adrian can get on. Rosemary turns to the driver, only to discover that bus is empty and is driving itself. Marjean, a prostitute who witnessed Adrian knock unconscious some local children who were bullying him, holds Adrian in her arms as he sees his mother for the last time, being taken away by the possessed bus.

The Book of Adrian

Over twenty years later, an adult Adrian and his best friend, Peter, are detained by police for speeding. When Adrian arrives at his home, which is his “Aunt” Marjean’s cheap casino, she confronts him about his reckless behaviour. She tells him that she’s always worried about him ever since his parents were “killed in an automobile accident”.

Later that night, Roman and Minnie Castevet arrive at the casino pretending to be Adrian’s aunt and uncle. Minnie drugs Adrian and dresses him up in a devil’s costume and makeup. When Adrian’s father, movie star Guy Woodhouse arrives, he and Roman join the coven, begin to chant, invoking Satan. Adrian is possessed and runs out on the casino’s dance floor. Peter intercepts Guy and attempts to make him help save Adrian. Guy panics when Peter struggles with him, so he electrocutes Peter with a broken power cord.

The Book of Andrew

Adrian regains consciousness with amnesia in a hospital. His fingerprints match the set police found on the broken power cord used to kill Peter. A nurse named Ellen tells him his name is “Adrian”; however, he insists his name is “Andrew”, because he remembers his mother calling him “Andrew”. Ellen helps him escape. Guy fears Andrew may try to kill him.

Andrew and Ellen stop at a motel, where she seduces him, admits she is a cult member, and then drugs and rapes him. When Andrew later wakes up and goes outside looking for Ellen, a speeding car tries to run him down but Ellen is hit. The car crashes, killing the driver, who Andrew discovers was Guy. Confused and scared, Andrew runs away into the night.

The film ends with Roman and Minnie sitting in the waiting room of a hospital to visit their pregnant granddaughter, Ellen, who survived her injuries. During the end credits, Ellen is seen giving birth to Andrew’s baby, Rosemary’s grandchild.

Notable Cast

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Stephen McHattie, Adrian/Andrew

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Patty Duke, Rosemary Woodhouse

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Ruth Gordon, Minnie Castevet

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David Huffman, Peter Simon

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Tina Louise, Marjean Dorn

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Ray Milland, Roman Castevet

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Donna Mills, Ellen

1997-SonOfRosemary SON OF ROSEMARY (novel by Ira Levin)
Published March 12, 1967
Son of Rosemary is a horror novel by American writer Ira Levin. It is the sequel to Rosemary’s Baby.

The novel begins in 1999 with Rosemary Woodhouse waking up in a long-term care facility, where she has lain in a coma since 1973. Rosemary soon learns that her coma was the result of a spell cast on her by the coven when they discovered that she planned to run away with young Andy. In her absence, Andy was raised by Minnie and Roman Castevet, the leaders of the coven.

Rosemary finds that her son Andy, now thirty-three years old, is the popular and charismatic leader of an international charitable organization. Mother and son are reunited, and Rosemary instantly becomes world-famous both for her remarkable recovery and as Andy’s long-lost mother. Rosemary is also struck and puzzled by a repeated reference to “roast mules,” an anagram that many people keep bringing up.

Andy assures that he now uses his powers to achieve world peace, but a long chain of deadly events leads Rosemary to believe that her son has unwittingly become the Antichrist and is ushering in the end of the world. Her fears are proven correct when a candle-lighting event Andy has organised unleashes a deadly virus that destroys all human life. In the wake of the destruction, Satan returns to earth and drags Rosemary to Hell.

Rosemary abruptly wakes to find that it is 1965 again and she is still married to Guy Woodhouse. The events of the entire first book and that of the sequel have been a vivid dream of Rosemary’s. Rosemary and Guy receive a call from Rosemary’s friend Edward Hutchins, who offers the couple a rent-free apartment in the Dakota Apartments (the model for the Bramford, their building in the first book) for a year. The couple are delighted at the offer until Hutchins makes a remark about lighting candles and “roast mules” that causes Rosemary to regard her dream as a warning.

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