Based on the novel by Ira Levin, a young couple experiences a series of strange occurrences involving their unusual neighbors after moving into a new apartment building. Things take a frightening turn when the wife ends up pregnant.
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One of the all time great horror films. Polanski took a pulp novel by Ira Levin and turned it into something sublime. A finely crafted and suspenceful experience anchored by some great performances from Gordon, Blackmer, Bellamy and especially Mia Farrow. The stories of how Polanski basically tortured this performance out of Farrow are legendary. A film that proves you don't need to expose to elicit horror.
Claustrophobic slow-burner, meticulously designed. You slowly begin to make sense of things but are forced to keep staring as everything comes together. My mind was blown when I realized every single detail was building up to the climax.
"To 1966, the Year One"