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''Rosemary's Baby'' made our countdown of the 13 scariest movies of all time

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Mia Farrow, Rosemary's Baby
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”Rosemary’s Baby” made our countdown of the 13 scariest movies of all time

More conspiracy thriller than horror movie, Baby nurses a mother lode of phobias. As Rosemary (Mia Farrow) slowly intuits she’s been raped by Satan, she wrestles a myriad of believable demons: uncaring doctors, intrusive neighbors (primarily Ruth Gordon, who copped an Oscar), and a monstrously self-centered husband (John Cassavetes). Farrow’s alarming enactment of emaciated desperation got a spur from then husband Frank Sinatra’s offscreen behavior: She was devastated when he initiated a divorce in mid-production. Meanwhile, Charles Grodin’s turn as a chilly obstetrician made him an unpopular dinner guest. ”When I sat, women moved,” he recalls. ”I had to go on ‘Johnny Carson’ to show people I’m a nice guy.”