Nightmare? Passionate dream? Real? How could it be real? It can’t possibly be real.
Rosemary Woodhouse wants a baby. She is married to an actor named Guy. They have recently broken another lease to take an apartment in the exclusive Bramford Building. Guy, who glibly uses his acting skills to spin stories, has no difficulty ...more
This one really stays in mind because of the end nobody would suspect and an accelerating thrill and feeling of discomfort I´ve hardly ever seen performed this way. It starts friendly, does a bit of creepy exposition, and gets more and more disturbing for the lead protagonist, culminating in a great wtf moment. Really, why can´t it always ...more
Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 horror novel by American writer Ira Levin, his second published book.
The book centers on Rosemary Woodhouse, a young woman who has just moved into the Bramford, an old Gothic Revival style New York City apartment building, with her husband, Guy, a struggling actor.
The pair is warned that the Bramford has a disturbing history involving witchcraft and murder, but they choose to overlook this. Rosemary has wanted children f ...more
Disclaimer 2: This is probably going to be a long review because I have a lot of thoughts. If you don't want to read a long review, th ...more
Well, this classic horror novel certainly hit the spot this month! You simply can’t go wrong with pure and ‘simple,’ subtle fright for some pre-Halloween entertainment. This is a book very firmly set in the period of 1966 New York City, yet it never feels outdated on the creepiness scale! It has such a nightmarish quality that seeps into your psyche and makes you wonder on whom you can truly rely. Are people something other than what they appe ...more
Thanks, Mr. Levin. I hate it.
I had so many problems with this book. Because I feel the need to vent about said problems, there will be an abundance of spoilers in the review below. I’ll try to keep things as vague as possible, but yeah. Spoilers. If you’re unfamiliar with the story and have any desire to read it without prior knowledge, please skip reading this review.
You have been warned.
I feel like one of the very few people in my part of th ...more
I truly had no intention of reading this novel until I realized Ira Levin was the author. He sure could write creepy-scary too, and as with his other novels, he moves right along in the telling describing a 1966 New York City setting, young newlyweds Rosemary and Guy, and their new place of residence in the 'old' Bramford apartment building with a very dark history.
If you've only seen the scary as HELL movie, you'll find the book very similar, if not exactly the...more
The horror of this book is not the devil, nor his baby-demon. The horror of this book is represented by the corrupt, deranged mortals who surround Rosemary, all of them led by Guy, her husband. He sold his wife's body for success. He drugged her, stood there and watched his wife being rapped by the devil.
He stood there and watched her conceive the devil's child... and getting tortured by the creature inside her for months.
And he stood there and watched while Rosemary was being used as a cow to ...more
4.75 This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. stars.
Rosemary and her husband Guy are moving, looking for an apartment to have their children. When a place opens up at Bramford, they do all they can to get it, but it may have been the worst decision of their lives...
Rosemary and Guy have been married for several years, Guy is a failing actor, he just can't find any jobs. Rosemary is a housewife and only thinks about having chil ...more
My takeaways from the book (and film) – beware of kindly old busybody neighbors who are overbearing with their gifts. Never accept a smelly good-luck charm from said busybody neighbors. If your hus ...more
This is a renowned title I had heard a lot about without ever having been aware of the details. I think my lack of prior knowledge benefited my reading expe ...more
You know Rosemary’s Baby is a great horror book because you’re in shock about that ending and you’re still thinking about it hours later!
Newsflash: (view spoiler)[Horror usually does not have a happy ending. Go read romance if you’re looking for that!
It took serious initiative to go with that ending and I did not have any issues with it. Kudos to Ira Levin on that! (hide spoiler)]
This is the first book that I’ve read by Ira Levin and I was impressed.
Rosemary’s Baby is wrote i ...more
If you've seen the movie, you've basically read the book. I never realized what a faithful adaptation Polanski made, down to entire passages of dialogue and what clothes the characters wore. That said, both the book and the movie are fantastic.
I have to give the movie the slight edge due to Mia Farrow's outstanding performance, but I had a great time reading this. ...more
Note to self and others: beware of overly friendly neighbours.
This is amazing. At just over 200 pages, this novel takes you on a hell (excuse the pun) of a journey that you won’t forget anytime soon. Levin has managed to make a novel so witty, and at the same time, so terrifying. In a way, the tone of this book is reminiscent of American Psycho (or rather American Psycho is reminiscent of this as it came out afterwards), but rath ...more
All right, I don't want to be mean to senior citizens, but I do have my suspicions, OK?
Other than that I definitely enjoyed the book, it didn't feel much dated, on the opposite - it felt quite on time in times when we still have to debate if the woma ...more
If we compare this drivel to The Exorcist, we are in certain need of an exorcism...
After having read the book, I can say that Polansky has done a pretty good job in his film!!
The film still remains one of my all time favorites..
I have devoured the novel, and was hooked from the first page on!!
The plot of the story is widely known, Satanists managed to lure and manipulate a young and fresh married couple for their sinister purposes..
Witchcraft, Satanism, witches and the dark power they can ...more
This review is going to contain some minor spoilers, because I just assumed that the majority of people has seen the movie anyway (like I did), or at least knows what the story is about.
I must admit that, if I wouldn't know how the plot of Rosemary's Baby was going to progress, I would have stopped reading this book after the first few chapters. The tension is definitely slowly built in this one, maybe a little too slowly; but when it fi ...more
The horror that author Ira Levin unleashes is so awful because what precedes it is the story of a young couple leading a very ordinary life.
This is the third time I've read the novel, with quite a few years gap between each reading. When you already know how it ends seeing ...more
The story progresses to include witchcraft and ...more
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After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.
Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int ...more