The Baby

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A social worker (Anjanette Comer) tries to save a teen from his mother (Ruth Roman), who keeps him in diapers and a crib.

Cast & Crew

Ruth Roman
Mrs. Wadsworth
Marianna Hill
Germaine Wadsworth
Susanne Zenor
Alba Wadsworth
Ted Post
Director
Abe Polsky
Screenwriter
Gerald Fried
Original Music
Bob Crawford Sr.
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Dick Wormell
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Critic Reviews for The Baby

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (1)

  • The Baby, though marketed as horror, plays out as a deranged women's picture, its melodrama modulated to the rhythms of errant maternity.

    September 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • One of the most surreal black comedies of the 1970s, The Baby is must-see cult film cinema for anyone who truly loves such things.

    October 29, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • At the risk of sounding cliche, they just don't make 'em like this anymore--there's no way a concept this controversial and outlandish would get green-lit let alone be given a competent director.

    November 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • All in all, The Baby is a movie that all genre fans should watch at least once. Even if it will leave you feeling a tad uncomfortable when all is said and done.

    October 3, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • A terrific twist ending is what puts this one over the top.

    September 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The discomfort of The Baby is what makes it seem surprisingly subversive, thanks mostly to the rigorous physicality of David Mooney's (here credited as David Manzey) performance as a developmentally disabled adult.

    September 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Baby

  • Jan 27, 2014
    What was that?! Dumb early 70's horror film that is only worth seeing for Ruth Roman's performance.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2012
    This is sort of an analogue to the Stepford Wives w/ Kate Ross. Another tribute to the originality of the '70's macabre genre.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2012
    At last, a movie that delivers a strong Christian message, love thy brother, and keep him in a near infantile state so as to control him. That is what Christians do, isn't it?
    Shane D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2012
    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

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