WRITTEN HORROR RECOMMENDATION WEDNESDAYS – MARCH 15, 2017

Book – Rosemary’s Baby (1967)
Author – Ira Levin

Rosemary’s Baby is a 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin, his second published book. It sold over 4 million copies, “making it the top bestselling horror novel of the 1960s.”  The commercial success of the novel helped launch a “horror boom”, where horror fiction would achieve enormous commercial success.

The book centers on Rosemary Woodhouse, a young woman who has just moved into the Bramford, an old Gothic Revival style New York City apartment building with her husband, Guy, a struggling actor. The pair is warned that the Bramford has a disturbing history involving witchcraft and murder, but they choose to overlook this. Rosemary has wanted children for some time, but Guy wants to wait until he is more established.

Rosemary and Guy are quickly welcomed to the Bramford by neighbors Minnie and Roman Castevet, an eccentric elderly couple. Rosemary finds them meddlesome and absurd, but Guy begins paying them frequent visits.

After a theatrical rival suddenly goes blind, Guy is given an important part in a stage play. Immediately afterward, Guy unexpectedly agrees with Rosemary that it is time to conceive their first child.

Guy’s performance in the stage play brings him favorable notice and he is subsequently cast in other, increasingly important roles; he soon begins to talk about a career in Hollywood.

After receiving a warning from a friend, who also becomes mysteriously ill, Rosemary discovers that her neighbors are the leaders of a Satanic coven, and she suspects they intend to steal her child and use it as a sacrifice to the Devil. Despite her growing conviction, she is unable to convince anyone else and soon becomes certain that there is no one actually on her side, least of all her own husband. Ultimately, Rosemary finds that she is wrong about the coven’s reason for wanting the baby — the baby that she delivers is the Antichrist, and Guy is not actually the father. Satan is.

(from Wikipedia.com)

 

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HORROR TRIVIA TUESDAYS – JANUARY 24, 2017

THE EXORCIST WAS THE FIRST HORROR FILM TO BE NOMINATED FOR A BEST PICTURE OSCAR.

The horror genre has never gotten much love from the Academy. Though there still seems to be a bias against scary movies during awards season, The Exorcist earned 10 Oscar nominations in 1974, including a Best Supporting Actress nod for Linda Blair, who was just 15 years old at the time.

(from Mentalfloss.com)

Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles. The Exorcist received a theatrical re-release in 2000, in a special edition that added 11 minutes of footage trimmed from the film’s original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman’s Oscar-winning sound work.

(Synopsis by Hal Erickson from Allmovie.com)

 

I love bringing these bits of trivia to you all because I always learn something too. It’s absolutely true that the Academy has pissed on horror movies over the years, deeming them not worthy many awards by their biased clique. The Exorcist deserved every single one of those nominations, and Linda Blair killed it as the possessed ingénue, Regan. Keep in mind that Rosemary’s Baby was nominated for two Oscars years before for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. It won for Best Supporting Actress. But The Exorcist retains the title of being first nominated for Best Picture.
— Erik

 

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