Graphically Speaking: A Minimalist Take on [[Rosemary's Baby]]


Just in time for Halloween, we're breaking down, via minimalist poster, one of our favorite scary films, Rosemary's Baby, the 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by controversial Jewish director Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by famed Jewish author Ira Levin. 

The film, which earned almost universal acclaim from film critics, won numerous nominations and awards, and is considered one of the greatest American horror films ever made. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film was Roman Polanski's first U.S. picture and was incredibly faithful to its source material. Ira Levin noted that this film was "the single most faithful adaptation of a novel ever to come out of Hollywood". Producer William Castle speculated one of the reasons for that may have been because it was the first time Roman Polanski had ever adapted another writer's work and Polanski may have been unaware he had the freedom to improvise on the book.

The plot of the film is a very simple conceit. A young couple, Rosemary, played by a waifish Mia Farrow and her husband Guy, played by John Cassavetes, move into their new New York City apartment in a building with a dubious reputation and are befriended by an odd older couple, the Castavets, played by Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon. Not long after they move in, Rosemary becomes pregnant. Her joy though, is short lived, as her suspicions about her unborn child soon become a terrifying reality. Veteran actress Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. 

Of his drawing below, Justin Crews said, "I really wanted to illicit the same sense of unease that one feels when viewing the film, and the eeriness of the atmosphere that hovers over the performances of the characters. A rattle is such an innocent icon, and giving it a devilish twist felt right."

See Crews' design below.

Justin Crews is more than a talented artist and M.F.A. Animation candidate at SCAD. He's also an intern at AJFF, and you could be too. Interested? Let us know.