Monstervision's Joe Bob Briggs Looks At
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
This is no dream…this is really happening!
Review By Joe Bob Briggs
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, Texas
Roman Polanski's chilling adaptation of the Ira Levin bestseller
tells the story of a couple--John Cassavetes and Mia Farrow--who move into
a Central Park West apartment (the building is actually the famous Dakota) and
make friends with a weirdbeard old couple next door. Cassavetes doesn't
like them at first, but is soon spending all his time in their apartment.
Suddenly his acting career takes off, helped along by his rival getting
struck blind. Farrow dreams that she's raped by a demon (Polanski uses the
eyes of real-life satanist Szandor La Vey, who essentially played himself in the MonsterVision flick The Devils Rain), and when her pregnancy turns
painful and difficult, she is given a foul-smelling tannis-root cocktail
by the eccentric neighbors, causing her to suspect something is terribly
wrong. It is--she's about to give birth to Satan's son. Yet even after she
finds out, she can't bring herself to destroy it. Produced by William
Castle, the king of exploitation gimmickry, who appears in a cameo as the
man in the phone booth. Minnie: Ruth Gordon.
© 2000 Joe Bob Briggs All Rights
For more of Joe Bob's non-TNT reviews from Grapevine, Texas, go to his Archive over yonder at www.Joe Bob Briggs.com
"Rosemary’s Baby" is available on video and on DVD
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Gordon (who also won an Oscar for it). Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay
Ira Levin also wrote The Stepford Wives
Saturday 8/2/97 on MonsterVision:
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1986) at 11:30 p.m.
After several gruesome attacks, a brood of mutant babies are considered a threat to society and exiled to a deserted island. The third in the popular It's Alive series, Island of the Alive stars Michael Moriarty of Troll as a paranoid nutcase who thinks the killer tykes have been unfairly exploited by the media and organizes a good will mission to the island. Talk about a bad idea! Written and directed by the prolific Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, The Stuff, etc.).
Following It's Alive: Island of the Alive is Joe Bob's Last Call Flick:
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976) at 1:45 a.m.
The son of Satan grows up, goes off to school, and becomes a successful businessman....well, almost, in this made-for-television sequel to the 1968 horror favorite. Ruth Gordon repeats her role as the busybody neighbor and head of a coven of devil worshippers.
Despite the nutty title, this is not a parody. Ah, who are we kidding, anyway? Directed by Sam O'Steen who worked as co-editor on the original ROSEMARY'S BABY.
Elvis has left the building, and he took Joe Bob with him.