“He has his father’s eyes.”
As classic as Night of the Living Dead (1968) or Psycho (1960), Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby has also become one of the quintessential films to deal with satanic panic. In this way it behaves much like The Omen as it attempts to frighten its audience by exploiting their belief in the devil. It was a precursor to the paranoia of satanic cults that spread through the states after events like Jonestown and the Charles Manson murders (which directly affected Polanski as his wife, the actress Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson clan).
In the film, Rosemary seems to have the perfect life. A wonderful, successful husband, thoughtful neighbours, and a beautiful apartment to call home. Soon, the perfect picture becomes even more perfect when she announces she’s pregnant. Only the child wasn’t fathered by her loving husband, but rather, by Satan himself! Yes, another child of Satan movie. Soon they’ll be enough for a drinking game. But, the truly unsettling shock comes when she discovers that not only were the seemingly kind neighbours conspiring behind her back to impregnate her with their dark lord, but her husband was in on it too.
When talking about religion, one must open up the discussion to include all its variations, even the deviant ones. Cults act like a microcosm. On a basic level, they too are organized religion, they just don’t have the critical mass of followers to compete with the likes of Christianity, Islam or Judaism. So, they scratch around the edges of the spiritual feeding trough until someone makes some room. Or, as this film suggests, simply impregnate women with devil babies.