The Baby (1973)


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An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, 70s fashions and 'sick love'. The result remains one of the most disturbing movies in Hollywood history: Anjanette Comer (The Loved One) stars as an idealistic L.A. County social worker who investigates the case of Mrs. Wadsworth (former '50s starlet Ruth Roman of Strangers On a Train fame), her two buxom daughters, and son 'Baby', a mentally-disabled man who sleeps in a crib, eats in a high-chair, … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Horror, Classics, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Abe Polsky
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2005
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as Ann Gentry

as Mrs. Wadsworth

as Germaine
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Critic Reviews for The Baby

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film [is] a warped mirror on American family life, depicting parenting as an act of grotesque selfishness.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
The Dissolve

Sadistic horror pic that has achieved classic cult status for being so irreverently camp.

Full Review… | January 28, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's a master's thesis on The Baby waiting to be written and I'll be first in line to read it, but not because I expect to find the film's provocations tamed or its utter bizarreness gently folded into the seething swamp of things that make us go hmm.

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

'The Baby' is absolutely gaga. Or should that be goo-goo-gaga? It's a multiple-personality disorder of a film that vacillates among the extremes of weirdo exploitation, psychological horror and social-reform drama.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Exploitation films don't come much stranger than 1973's The Baby.

Full Review… | July 22, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Baby


What was that?! Dumb early 70's horror film that is only worth seeing for Ruth Roman's performance.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A social worker becomes obsessed with a family who keeps their mentally retarded adult son in a crib wearing a diaper; his mother and two sisters are willing to do ANYTHING to assure that "baby" is not taken away from them. The only things that stand out in this acceptable thriller are Ruth Roman's campy performance (a bit like a nastier "Mommie Dearest" with Suzanne Pleshette's voice) and the twist ending.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Okay, so this is a movie that I actually really regret putting off seeing for so long, as it's just so damned weird from start to finish that I kind of wanted to re-watch it almost as soon as it finished. I'm particularly impressed that something so damned strange was made back in the '70s, as it feels like the sort of thing you'd be hard pressed to get people to work on today.

Well worth a look, give it a rental.

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