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BSD Movie Log: Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary’s Baby (1968, d. Roman Polanski)

A young couple moves into a new apartment and find themselves overwhelmed by peculiar neighbors and unsettling coincidences. When the wife becomes pregnant, she also becomes paranoid that the neighbors are witches and that the coincidences are parts of a plot to kidnap her unborn child for use in Satanic rituals.

Considered by many to be a horror classic, and even a cinema classic, I like the movie but find it disappointing on two levels.  The first is a fault in the construction of the film in that it seems to have no middle part.  It’s more than 2 hours of anxious build-up with a rather silly payoff in the last few minutes.  The second disappointment I suspect stems from being sui generous and controversial in its time.  But it’s been imitated so much that now that it comes off as trite.  I suspect people at the time of the movie’s release found it an indicting treatment of the upper-middle class and bourgeois professionals.  It just doesn’t seem shocking now.

BSD Movie Log: The Covenant

The Covenant (2006, d. Renny Harlin)

Four young men at a prestigious New England boarding school are scions of a powerful witchcraft legacy.  They are forced into battle with clandestine fifth power long thought to have died.  This movie looks like actors from the Ambercrombie & Fitch catalog were cast to star in a 90 minute Mustang commercial.  But a Mustang commercial has more substance.