The release of Rosemary’s Baby in 1968 unleashed the full force of the audience’s fascination with satanic panic, with such films as The Devil Rides Out, The Omen, The Exorcist, and To The Devil A Daughter being released. These films showed two groups who were perennially at risk: young women and children. In Polanski’s seminal adaptation of Ira Levine’s classic novel, Rosemary is a young, doll like woman (played by a cropped haired Mia Farrow), who is ultimately subsumed by the worship of the Devil through her love for her child.
She is entirely vulnerable because her husband has sold her soul to that infinite evil, and the one friend she had in the world, her previous landlord, is brutally murdered when he tries to save her.
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