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Plot: A social worker who recently lost her husband investigates the strange Wadsworth family. The Wadsworths might not seem too unusual to hear about them at first - consisting of the mother, ... Runtime: 84 mins Release Date: 01 Mar 1973
A forgotten Classic of cult 70's Film making (by ashwetherall1)
They just don't make them like this any more.And to be honest, I don't think they'd be allowed to. The Baby is one of the strangest most warped, politically incorrect movies ever made. But strangely its made like a TV movie, so it catches the viewer off guard. The plot concerns a social worker Anne Gentry played by Anjanette Corner and her encounter with the Wadsworth family and they're 21 year old Baby,with whom she become obsessed.Anne believes that Baby is being abused and plans to save baby from the Wadsworth clan. But in this film nothing is what it seems.The family <more>
consists Ma, Played with relish by Ruth Roman. She's a female version of George C Scott, big with a whiskey rasping voice. Her oldest daughter Germaine played by Marianna Hill in a very complex performance. You almost feel sorry for her sadly unhinged character. Then you have Alba, sadistically played by Susanne Zenor, blonde with crazed eyes. The last member of the family is Baby Played by David Mooney who puts in a very carefully measured performance that never becomes parody or comical.As I said earlier the movie starts out like your usual 1970s TV thriller, even the score by Gerald Fried is slightly sad and melancholy.But as the film progresses it becomes darker , more twisted even during the lighter moments. The subject matter is twisted, but because the cast plays it straight you find that the film gets under your skin, you have to see it though to the end, and what an end.There are lots of twists, the last of which is truly jaw dropping. I found myself watching this film many times over the years and I found that none of the twists were their for convenience sake. When the end credits roll you may find your these questions.1. Why don't they make movies like this anymore. 2. Why didn't the director writer and actors in this movie go on to bigger things instead of making dodgy 70s television shows. 3. I hope they never remake The Baby.And finally 4. I wish they would bring out a re-mastered edition with special features on DVD. Because when it comes to 70s Thrillers. The Baby is in a class of its own.
One of the easiest paths to originality is through total obscurity, and a perfect example of this is through "cult" movies. Sometimes the obscure factors are played off through comedy, in films like DR. STRANGELOVE and BAD TASTE, and other times they are played seriously, often to a quite disturbing effect, such as in THE BABY.The film wastes no time introducing us to the title character, Baby, a grown man who never mentally advanced past infant state. His mother is an overbearing alcoholic who refuses to let him grow up, and his two older, perverse sisters share the abuse; Alba is <more>
a sado-masochist who loves to shock Baby against her mother's wishes with a cattle prod, and Germaine sneaks into Baby's nursery at night, and the film implies an incestuous sexual relationship with him. This sick family is challenged by Ann Gentry, a social worker who believes that Baby is capable of intellectual and psychological development but has been reinforced to stay in a regressed state by the abuse of his mother and sisters. The film is an intense battle between the two parties, both of whom will go to any lengths to "win" Baby.Anjanette Comer, who plays Ann, is a very subtle actor. She portrays Ann such that it is clear she is fighting for Baby's best interests, while at the same time it is apparent she wants him for her own mysterious reasons as well. The most interesting acting job, however, is done by David Manzy, who as Baby does an incredible job, appearing to be in a mental haze and even moving slowly and simply at all times throughout the film; unfortunately, noises of a real baby gurgling and crying were dubbed in over him in a soundtrack, making his character strange and comical particularly since oftentimes he makes no effort to mouth such noises - perhaps he was unaware? .Besides the acting, this film is driven by its odd use of bright colors that make all scenes, even those with beatings and intense stand-offs, seem bright and happy, like a '70s family-sitcom. This, along with the nondescript atmosphere throughout the film adds an even more disturbing quality since, on the outside, Baby and his family are totally normal people, and are even praised for keeping such a positive attitude through all these years of Baby's condition; none of their neighbors, guests, or public government suspects the sick truth. It's even hard for the audience to believe that such horrible people can exist in such a bright, happy place.Amazingly enough, THE BABY was released with a PG rating, and has become relatively obscure since its release. The film is unforgettable, and more than troubling, from its initial nonchalant presentation of its subject matter to a shocking twist ending.
What can I say...to know this film is to love it!!!There is nothing like The Baby, and it could never be duplicated!!! The unintentional humor of this film is beyond words. It is a MUST-SEE!!
This is the creepiest and most disturbing thing i ever saw in my life. (by atinder)
The first time I saw this movie, My jaw it hit the floor. The baby is one of the most out of this world movie i have EVER seen, it's just , while you are watching this you will being saying what the hell am i watching! It a must see as it so bloody crazy! This movie not about a small baby that goes on killing people it nothing like it's Alive The baby is 21 year old man, who sleep in big cot, overprotected Mother and Dauggter won't let anyone get very friendly with baby, when they walk in on The babysitter breast feeding the baby, The sister attack the babysitter. Soon Ann Gentry <more>
social worker who is hired to provide service for the Wadsworth family soon her and family in have few arguments, which go though out the movie.I not going tell you anymore but there is shocking twist at the end of this movie that you will never Guss and never forget.Acting is great 10/10
Loses its potential about halfway through (by Casey-52)
When I started watching "The Baby", I gained interest fairly quickly in the storyline of a grown man living as a baby and his bizarre family of women. All of the characters were created intelligently and were acted out beautifully except perhaps Baby , so I thought, this movie is going somewhere! But it didn't... There were many cool plot turns and twists, but eventually the story's energy died out, the movie lost sight of who it wanted to build sympathy for, and what could have been an effectively chilling climax between Mrs. Wadsworth and Ann was flat and uninspired. <more>
While some think the surprise ending is shocking, to me, it was a disappointment and left me confused as to the movie's motives and style. It was certainly original, but all in all, not a classic. All of the acting is superb, I especially love Ruth Roman's bitchy turn and the evil sisters played by Marianna Hill and Susanne Zenor. Another character with little screentime, but a scary presence is the mother-in-law Judith, who proves to be the scariest part of the limp climax, wielding a meat cleaver wildly. For a PG-rated movie, there are surprising amounts of sadism, incest, sex, and foul language! In summary, good for a look, but don't expect anything particularly memorable.
Just ... too demented for words, really! (by Coventry)
What arguments do you use to recommend "The Baby" to any fan of peculiar cult & horror cinema who's convinced that she/he has already seen everything before? Well, let's try this: "The Baby" is horrific without reverting to gory massacres or nauseating make-up effects, it's extremely disturbing even though the premise is far-fetched and totally implausible and last but definitely not least there's an unpredictable twist at the end that you simply have to see in order to believe it! This is one of the most original low-budget exploitation movies of <more>
the 70's, and it's truly remarkable how writer/director Ted Post managed to make such a fascinating film out of such a demented basic premise! "The Baby" starts out as the portrait of a dysfunctional family, but it gradually transforms into an atypical and thematic horror film with an uncanny atmosphere and frighteningly insane characters. Ann Gentry, a professional social worker in her mid-30's, takes an interest in the odd family situation of the Wadsworths. The mother lives alone with her two adult daughters and Baby! Baby is a fully-grown 21-year-old male, but his mother and sisters treat him as an infant and claim that he's mentally unable to function as a mature human being. Ann is convinced that the crazy women deliberately prevent Baby from developing normally, presumably because they don't want him to grow like the careless and obnoxious men who abandoned them in the past. She quickly reverts to unorthodox methods in her attempts to rescue Baby and risks losing both her job and her life. Especially considering the cinematic era "The Baby" was made, and also the low-budget production values, the basic concept of the film easily could have resulted in a trashy and ultimately perverted B-movie. Imagine; a grown man in a diaper surrounded by overly protective and deranged women! In the hands of certain other directors, say, Doris Wishman or Russ Meyer, "The Baby" unquestionably would have been a non-stop series of sleazy images and shocking sex-rites, but Ted Post approaches the unusual subject matter very professionally and tasteful. There are only two controversially uncomfortable sequences, one involving a teenage babysitter and the other one being the fabulous climax. Ted Post maintains an ominous atmosphere, the Wadsworth women are downright creepy characters and the whole thing is just delightfully man-unfriendly! Fans of graphic bloodshed and gore may be a bit disappointed, but the horrific themes of the film are definitely unique enough to compensate. Literally ALL the acting performances are splendid, but David Mooney deserves extra praise for his credible and undoubtedly complex depiction of Baby. It may not be Citizen Kane, but I guarantee that The Baby will be one of the most unforgettable and curiously engaging films you'll ever see.
They could never make a film like this today. If they did, it would have an all-star cast, a loud, obtrusive score, and dizzying, roller-coaster camera effects. Back in the 70s they had to get by on talent, imagination and audacity alone. Luckily, they had plenty of that back then. This is not a 'twisted" film, at least anywhere nearly as twisted as say, "Bad Boy Bubby" or "Sonny Boy" now those movies are reeeeally twisted! , but then what can one expect from Hollywood? This movie is like Diabolique made as a 1970s TV movie-of-the-week with a drive-in sleaze <more>
chaser. There's definitely a lack of credibility in this movie's plot - not that a woman couldn't keep her grown son in the mental state of a six-month infant. That's plausible and has happened before, but it's extremely unlikely that the authorities who knew about this kid all those years wouldn't have insisted on special schooling and therapy from day one. But who cares? Here we've got a film with two wicked Barbie Doll sisters who have venom in their veins and just looove to tease men. There's some great bad seventies fashion and a 'wild party' scene well, wild for the suburbs. Ahh, Hollywood so out of touch! . And what can you say about Ruth Roman? She's Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine all rolled into one. They just don't make broads like that anymore! As mentioned by others, there are lots of twists and turns in the plot, but most anyone can figure them out very early on. But again, who cares? This movie works because of its audacity in the face of its conventionality and well, there is an intelligence at work somewhere in the midst of its drive-in movie formula. Take that whole scene with the babysitter for instance for those who haven't seen this, you'll just have to see for yourself . I knew what was going to happen, but the way it built up so naturally seemed very honest and real. Which is why it freaked me out so much. Every now and then the film slips that comfort rug out from under you. Freak city! Then it relaxes safely in the realms of convention, but that's okay too because the whole movie has such charming camp appeal. Let's make that clear: this is a camp movie, NOT a horror movie! It's stupidly being marketed as horror, so it's understandable that the kiddies who are looking for lots of gore and boobies are feeling disappointed. Stick with Argento, kids! Oh yeah huge kudos to David Mooney Manzy whatever who played 'Baby'. He should have become a star.
A movie sure to have you staring at the screen in shock, The Baby is guaranteed to turn out to be one of the stranger things you will ever see. Here's the deal: Ann is a social worker who stops by the house of a Mrs. Wadsworth, played by Ruth Roman who was also in one of my favorite little movies, The Killing Kind, though I don't remember who she was there . Mrs. Wadsworth lives with her two daughters, Germaine and Alba, and her son, whom they all refer to as Baby. Baby is a 21-year-old man who has been in an infantile state apparently since birth. He can neither walk nor speak, or <more>
really concentrate on anything. His sisters are also, uh, quite something: Germaine, played with wonderful zest by Marianna Hill, is an extremely strange woman with this massive mane of hair, and tiny, evil eyes. If anyone ever had to cast a woman who is revealed to be a real, evil witch at the end, here's your woman. I actually want to see a lot more of her. She was awesome, and she can preen and glare like nobody's business. Which obviously wins her big points with me.So Ann the social worker shows up for a case visit, and makes it clear that she is "quite intrigued" by the case. The mother and sisters don't want to let her see Baby, but she insists, and we see him for the first time. He is a fairly cute 21-year-old looked a little younger to me guy. Ann the social worker continues to visit, and one is surprised how quickly she adjusts to the fact of this adult acting like a baby, and we start to feel a little freaky when she is almost immediately saying things like "That's my baby! He's a good baby!" It soon becomes apparent that Ann is a little more than just interested in this case, and is actually quite obsessed with Baby. This point is driven home by a scene with her supervisor asking her why she is spending so much time at the Wadsworth home and so little time with her other cases. There is a little discussion about some terrible accident that befell Ann's husband, implying that she's all lonely and sexually frustrated now, and one begins to wonder if her obsession with Baby had somewhat of a sexual edge to it. This is further reinforced when we see Germaine take off her clothes and climb in bed with her infantile brother! The sexual thing gets a further boost from a scene in which one of the babysitters is having a bit of trouble with Baby, and soon enough he is sucking her breast! The movie continues to pile on some disturbing suggestions about female sexuality as the woman is clearly aroused by this and lets it go on-until the mother comes home and beats the living crapout of her! I tell you, this one's a shock a minute! One of the big strengths of this movie is that you REALLY don't know direction it's going to take. There is tension from every direction. On the one hand you know that this is a horror movie and bad things are going to happen. You have this domineering mother and her creepy and violent daughters-are they going to start killing everyone who threatens to come between them and Baby? And Baby himself is a grown man-is he going to get angry and really hurt someone? And that Ann, too, does not seem to have all her screws in place, and seem really, REALLY obsessed with Baby-is she going to try to kidnap him, or what? It keeps you guessing, and that successfully delivers a lot of tension throughout its running time. I truly did not know what was going to happenand did not expect what DID happen. And how many movies can you say that for nowadays? In the middle of the film, things progress without really going anywhere, and we have somewhat repetitive scenes in which Ann visits and is obviously not welcome, she plays with Baby in a creepy way, and Mrs. Wadsworth gets ever more bitchy. Still, it's all so interesting that it never gets boring or feels like it's wasting your time. There are quite a few good bitchy lines, like when Ann threatens to turn Mrs. Wadsworth in, and she says "You're a damn bitch!" Also, consider this exchage between Ann and a guy who's coming on to her: "Don't tell me you're a dermatologist?" "No, just a skin freak." This takes place during an awesome 70s party, footage of which, as surely you know, is always welcome.The other strength of this film is the complicated relationships of power and intricate series of compromises each character makes in order to stay close to baby or not get thrown in jail. Also, the score by Gerald Freed is, if not great, at least unusual. It contains a great deal of unusual instrumentation, including a lot of cello and acoustic guitar, and one long stalking scene seems to contain up to 10 minutes of pure music with no dialogue.There's no way I would even reveal part of the ending to you, but suffice to say that after the one hour mark there are twists and turns that will take you completely by surprise. As I said, it's unusual just for what the story itself is, and it's very unusual to really have no idea where the story is going to end up. If you like it weird, it's waiting right here for you.Hey, there are lot of other reviews of bad and cheesy movies on my website, Cinema de Merde, which you can find through the URL in my email address.