Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby – USA, 1976 – reviews

 

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Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby is a 1976 American made-for-television supernatural horror film directed by Sam O’Steen. It is a belated sequel to the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby (which O’Steen edited) but has little connection to the novel by Ira Levin, on which the first film was based.

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The movie stars Stephen McHattie, Patty Duke Austin, George Maharis, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Gordon, Ray Milland and Tina Louise.

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A coven is preparing for a ritual, only to discover that Adrian (Rosemary’s baby), who is now eight years old, is missing from his room. Knowing Rosemary must be responsible for this, the coven members use her personal possessions to enable the forces of evil to locate her. Rosemary and Adrian are hiding in a synagogue for shelter. While hiding there, supernatural events begin to affect the rabbis. However, as they are seeking sanctuary in a house of God, the coven is unable to affect them.

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The next morning, Guy (George Maharis), who is now a famous movie star, gets a call from Roman Castevet. Roman informs Guy that both Rosemary and Adrian are missing and that Rosemary may attempt to contact him. Later that night, Rosemary and Adrian are sheltering in a bus stop. Rosemary makes a phone call to Guy, while Adrian plays with his toy car nearby. As soon as Guy answers the phone, Rosemary immediately issues instructions on how to send her money.

Outside, some local children start teasing Adrian and bullying him by stealing his toy car. Suddenly, in a fit of rage, Adrian knocks the children unconscious to the ground. Attempting to flee, the pair is accosted by Marjean, a prostitute who was witness to the incident. Marjean offers them to hide the pair in her trailer…

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Review:

Coming off as little more than a forward-looking quickie rip on The Omen, which had been released four months previously in June, this TV movie is at turns wild, disturbing, laughable, incomprehensible, and ludicrously fun.

As Minnie Castevet, Ruth Gordon staggers through her part, seemingly unconcerned that she’s on camera, while Ray Milland as her husband, Roman, tries to grouse and grumble her back into the scenes.

Stephen McHattie as Adrian/Andrew, Rosemary’s matured titular baby, delivers an over-the-top method performance that is uncomfortably out of sync with all the other cast members, except Gordon.

Ben Spurling, MOVIES & MANIA

Other reviews:

“Everything involving Duke and her young child on the run from evil Satanists is cheaply done but automatically fun. Flash-forwarding the “action” years into the future is a mistake that the film should never have attempted in the first place. Lizard-faced Stephen McHattie is well cast as the adult demon seed Andrew/Adrien, but has little to do but act confused.” Kindertrauma

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“Suffering from such maladies as a psychotic script, some stilted acting, and sub-par special effects (whenever such things are attempted) you may correctly assume that this sequel to Roman Polanski’s 1968 suspense film does not live up to its heritage. What a pleasant surprise, then, to find that this ultra-obscure sequel to a horror classic is a wacky 70s Doom film full of hallucinogenic images and a constantly downbeat tone.” Groovy Doom

“The acting, directing, writing, pacing, and climax where all horrendously bad. There is not one redeeming thing going for the film (and for a laugh, it tries to recreate the famous rape scene from the first film). It’s just sad to watch. Stick with the original, and count your blessings if you haven’t seen this.” Karmic Cop

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