October is the month of pumpkin flavored food, apple picking with cider doughnuts, Sam Addam's Octoberfest, and of course the month that contains Halloween. I loved Halloween for several reasons: getting dressed up in costumes has always been fun for me, as a kid who wouldn't love free candy, and getting Halloween is full of good scares! I am not a big fan of scary movies, in fact I think they are my least favorite genre of film. Scary movies are often silly, and poorly written. When it comes to being scared I enjoy a good thriller above the typical type of slasher film or one of the gross torture scary films.
Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist) wrote and directed Rosemary's Baby (1968) a smart thriller that goes beyond traditional standards. Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy (Jon Casavetes) Woodhouse who move into an apartment and they encounter their peculiar neighbors The Castevets (played by Ruth Gordon and Sydey Blackmer). Rosemary and her husband are trying to have a baby; she becomes pregnant and their neighbors step into the picture and interfere with this process in an atypical way.
Without giving too much of the plot away this film is far and away one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever seen. Mia Farrow plays Rosemary with vulnerability and genuine fear Farrow's performance was so nuanced I am shocked she did not earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The film only received two Oscar nominations one for