By Tom Andrew
So okay, Halloween is still a week and a half away and you’ve been seeing pumpkins and Jason masks since August, but if you really want to get into the spirit catch Rosemary’s Baby on Halloween Eve.
Rosemary’s Baby stars Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes as Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse a young married couple that move into a new apartment against the wishes of their friend, and current landlord, Hutch (Maurice Evans). He explains that strange things have gone on in the building since the late 1890’s, but they move in anyway.
When newfound friend, Terry (Victoria Vetri), is found dead, elderly and eccentric couple Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon), console the young couple and invite them to dinner, quickly becoming a part of the young couples life. While Guy seems fine with it, Rosemary becomes increasingly concerned, but when he says he wants a baby her concerns take a back seat, until the night she becomes pregnant, and that’s when things begin to get a little weird.
Mia Farrow is great as the sweet and innocent Rosemary who starts to see her life fall apart and can’t do anything to stop it. Ruth Gordon, who won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her supporting role as Minnie Castevet, all but steals the picture and director Roman Polanski keeps the tension so taut you may want to scream out in the theatre hoping that Rosemary may actually hear you.
Creepy, heart pounding, occasionally humorous and thoroughly macabre Rosemary’s Baby is a perfect way to spend your Halloween.
Rosemary’s Baby is being presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA at 7 PM on Thursday October 30. For more information call (858) 454-3541.
If something sexier, campier, and interactive is what you crave, then grab your fishnet stockings, water guns, rice, a newspaper and some toast (just to mention a few) and head over to the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show showing Fridays at midnight and twice on Halloween at 9 and midnight.
Rocky Horror is the story of college couple, Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon), who are newly engaged and get a flat tire during a rainstorm on their way out to the countryside. While looking for a phone they come upon the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), who is a transsexual from the planet of Transsexual. Soon these fresh-faced college kids are introduced to people, and things, they never thought existed and their relationship and morals are put to the test.
To say this is a movie that every college student should see may sound ridiculous, but what can I say. College wouldn’t be the same without a midnight showing of Rocky Horror. It definitely is an experience everyone in college should, well, experience.
So, I say go to www.rockyhorror.com, find what you need to bring, and grab a few buddies and GO! The La Paloma Theatre is located at 471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA. For more information call (760) 436-7469
Halloween may be three weeks away, and Corporate America may be tricking us into celebrating it early, but these two films will definitely get this guy in the Halloween spirit, three weeks early or not.
(Tom Andrew is a City Times staff writer)