Oren Peli on

Rosemary’s Baby

Released 1968
Distributor Paramount Pictures

Roman Polanski’s sinister and sophisticated adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel is also one of the most darkly comic films ever made, in this case personified by Ruth Gordon as the busybody neighbor of poor, paranoid Rosemary who finds out too late that the funny, kaffeeklatsching blue-hair next door is a dyed-in-the-wool satanist. Polanski insisted on keeping the supernatural trappings ambiguous, which keeps the film firmly in the psychological-surreal horror mode of other films in his resume including The Tenant and Repulsion. Gordon not only revitalized her career but won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to boot.

About Oren Peli

A native of Israel, Oren Peli came to the U.S. at the age of 19. Back home, he had dropped out of high school at age 16 to write a highly successful paint and animation software, then became a full-time software designer, using his skills to create animation programs and, ultimately, game software. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, which he wrote, directed and produced, was his first film. Since then, he produced the hit sequels PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, 3, and 4, and INSIDIOUS 1 and 2. He is also the producer of the horror film THE BAY, from director Barry Levinson, and LORDS OF SALEM by writer/director Rob Zombie. He was the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Show THE RIVER, from executive producer Steven Spielberg, and producer/writer of the movie CHERNOBYL DIARIES.