Book vs. Movie: Rosemary’s Baby (1968+2004)

Hey guys!
It’s time for a very special book vs. movie post. I’m sure most of you will know Roman Polanski’s iconic film Rosemary’s Baby. In 2014, a remake was shot, consisting of two parts with Zoe Saldana as Rosemary instead of Mia Farrow. I had never realized that the story is actually based on Ira Levin’s book, so I quickly went to the library to catch up…Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

 

The Plot:
Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are a happy young couple. Recently one of their biggest wishes came true. They got an apartment in a famous old building. It all seems to be perfect, even the somewhat irritating elderly neighbors are nice.
Soon Rosemary gets pregnant and Guys starts to change. Ro starts to wonder whether everybody is a bit too nice. Is she just paranoid or onto something?

 

The Rating:

First of all the novel. Ira Levin certainly created a classic in terms of horror literature. I can see how groundbreaking and shocking it must haven been when it was published in 1967. Today almost everybody knows the story, so there’s not that much a plot twist left to discover, but back in the day it surely was unexpected. I enjoyed the way he builds up the characters, making their every move feel relatable. Despite the many years that have passed and a few things simply not being familiar, I could still lose myself in the story. Moreover, Levin is very subtle about all the horror, that’s what makes it even creepier. Instead of being very in your face all the time, the little hints, the not knowing is what makes your skin crawl.
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