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CURSED MOVIE #6 - Rosemary's Baby
This Roman Polanski film was voted by Entertainment Weekly the 10th scariest film of all time, and with good reason. The plot features a pregnant woman named Rosemary Woodhouse who uncovers that her kind neighbors are actually members of a satanic cult enlisted by her struggling husband, who let the devil knock her up in exchange for a career boost. And no matter how hard she tries to convince anyone of what is happening to her no one will believe or help her.
A steady stream of death threats and hate mail sent to producer William Castle eventually led to a urinary tract infection that resulted in being hospitalized with kidney failure. Castle insisted the movie was cursed. Legend has it that he cried out "Rosemary, for God's sake drop that knife" at one point while being treated. Meanwhile Komeda, the Polish composer who wrote the score for the film, was in the same hospital being treated for a brain clot that would ultimately kill him before the month was over, just like Rosemary's friend Hutch in the film.
"The story of Rosemary's Baby was happening in life," producer Castle later confided. "Witches, all of them, were casting their spell, and I was becoming one of the principal players."
But what he suffered was nothing compared to the horrifying fate that befell director Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, along with her unborn child. Tate was entertaining friends when they were famously murdered by Charles Manson's followers, who drew Satanic symbols reminiscent of the movie all over the walls in their victim's blood before fleeing the scene of the crime. Manson's grudge with music producer Terry Melcher, who had previously refused to record Manson's music, turned Polanski into a target when he unknowingly bought the posh pad.
Polanski, who was in London at the time, survived but his life was forever altered. Some years later he was charged with and plead guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor, a 13 year old girl at a party in Hollywood. Polanski fled the country on the eve of his sentencing to live in exile in Europe as a wanted man where he remains to this day. Prosecutors have made repeated requests over the years to have the lauded auteur extradited back to America to face the music but are still waiting for an official ruling. A Polish court is set to deliberate on whether the Oscar winning director will be forced to serve time in the United States on October 30, 2015.