Rosemary’s Baby was a blockbuster when it was released in the late 60’s, and its brilliant conceit of putting gothic horror themes of Satan and his followers in the environment of the bright NYC apartment of a young couple was groundbreaking for the time. It paved the way for other urban horror hits like The Exorcist and The Omen, and was a profound influence on writers like Stephen King. The movie culminates in this scene when Rosemary, played by fragile waif Mia Farrow, discovers the true nature of her newborn child. Her plaintive question at the end reveals the horror of her progeny more than any make-up job could.
Any kid coming of age in the 70’s was permanently scarred by the ending of this flick, based on the first published novel by Stephen King. Director Brian DePalma lulls you into a sense of calm with a tinkling soundtrack and a diffuse lens… and then gives you one hell of a jolt.
Speaking of Stephen King, I complained in Nerdstalking Podcast IT Review that that movie had too many jump scares. You can probably trace the lineage of the cheapest of all film frights to this moment in Carrie. Still, it’s fun to look back on a time when it wasn’t the overused trope it is today.
When it comes to great film moments, this one has an edge. As a fan of the original Alien (1979), I was wondering a couple of things when I was in the theatre watching this scene from the 1986 sequel. First, since the crew has woken up from cryogenic sleep and they’re gathered in mess eating a meal, is someone gonna start convulsing and you-know-what pop out? You have to wait for a full chest-bursting scene later (and they already kind of pulled the trigger on that earlier in the film, as well).
The other question they answer here is, as with Ash in the first film, is there a shady android among them? The answer comes in this great scene, where Bishop (Lance Henriksen) exhibits an otherworldly skill with a knife, at the expense of eternal whipping-boy Hudson (Bill Paxton).
You’d expect a TV series to deviate from a novella and movie, fill things out and whatnot, but this series from Spike TV really seems to be doing its own thing with King’s ‘The Mist’. It would be interesting though to get a deeper glimpse into the military Arrowhead Project, from whence sprang the evil fog that quietly rampages across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. I guess all things will become clear when the series premieres on June 22, on Spike TV.
For an uncloudy look at the works of Stephen King, including ‘The Mist’ novella and the movie by Frank Darabont, you can listen to the Nerdstalking episode on King here on Podomatic and here on iTunes.
I went to a Chinese buffet yesterday, and in the washroom they had one of those Dyson Airblade hand dryers, you know, the ones that actually DO dry your hands. Sure, they really work, but I always have something else on my mind as I slide my defenseless hands into these things. I made a …
One of the signature features of the titular creature(s) from the Alien franchise, besides their elongated heads, sharp teeth and lethally telescoping tongues, are their ability to grow quickly into a menace for those unfortunates that come across them. The design of these dangerous beings morphed in a similar manner.
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