Rosemary's Baby (1968) is one of the most terrifying horror classics of all time both on and off set. While viewers were happily reprogramming their nightmares after watching this brilliant piece of morbid artwork, the movie's main creators were experiencing a horror movie of their own.
The movie's story surrounds a young married couple who move into an infamous New York City apartment, only to be greeted by peculiarly eerie neighbors. When the wife, waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) becomes pregnant, she is consumed with paranoia for the safety and nature of her unborn child. Only its birth can provide the satanical answer Rosemary so desperately seeks.
What Happened To Producer William Castle?
William Castle directed many second-rate movies that had a major touch of marketing flare, such as buzzing seats and dressed-up nurses. He decided to increase the quality of his films along with his level of respect in the industry. That's what persuaded him to adapt Ira Levin's novel, Rosemary's Baby (1967).
Castle produced the movie, but he also appeared in a cameo role as the impatient man waiting for the phone booth during Rosemary's calls of help. While he was extremely proud of the movie's success, as well as his own, he started to receive mass amounts of death threat letters (sometimes up to 50 per day).
At first, he didn't really care, but it got to the point where he started to worry, as people accused him of being a satanist and blamed him for unleashing such evil onto the world. In his autobiography, Step Right Up!: I’m Gonna Scare The Pants Off America, he claimed:
The story of 'Rosemary's Baby' was happening in life. Witches, all of them, were casting their spell, and I was becoming one of the principal players. [. . .] All my life I had yearned for the applause, approval and recognition of my peers. And when the awards were being passed out, I no longer cared. I was at home, very frightened of 'Rosemary's Baby.'
While possessed by the fear of his own production, Castle started becoming a regular at the Emergency Room due to repeated cases of kidney stones. While he lived until 1977, he did so in constant terror till his last breath.
What Happened To Composer Krzysztof Komeda?
Komeda was the director's go-to guy, who composed the soundtrack to Rosemary's baby. Most importantly, he composed "Rosemary's Lullaby," which you can never unhear.
Only months after the horror movie was released, Komeda suddenly died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 38. This is a creepy coincidence given that this is the exact cause of death of Rosemary's friend Hutch. Some claim the blood clot that brought Komeda to his death was a direct act of the unknown, punishing him for bringing such demonic music to life.
What Happened To Director Roman Polanski?
Polanski bathed in the tremendous success of his creation while happily married to actress Sharon Tate, who was expecting a son. During a night when Polanski was visiting Europe, a true horror event happened to his family, which would surpass any twisted movie he could ever direct.
Tate hosted a dinner party in the summer of '69 that would lead them to the couple's Benedict Canyon house. The eight-and-a-half months pregnant actress invited three high-class friends, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Katie Folger, and screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski.
Following the orders of the infamous Charles Manson, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Linda Kasabian broke into the Polanski-Tate home after cutting off the phone lines, with the most inhumane intentions imaginable.
They proceeded to create one of the most epically gruesome murders in modern history, with 102 stab wounds among the four victims, as well as bullet wounds and other battery-related injuries. This is certainly a macabre story that will remain etched in people's memories, in particular Polanski's.
What Happened To Mia Farrow?
Although Mia Farrow did get handed her divorce papers from Frank Sinatra while on set, the 71-year-old actress has managed to escape thus far the terrible fate of the Rosemary's Baby curse. Her career continued to flourish years after the haunted horror movie was released.
Was Rosemary's Baby Alone?
It appears that the consequences were solely reserved for the creators, not the cast. While we expect movies to be made based on real-life horrific events such as the Manson murders, it is even more shocking when it's the other way around.
Rosemary's Baby isn't the only instance in which a movie plot's curse found it's way to real life.
Do you believe in the Rosemary's Baby curse?
Sources: Blum House