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The Baby (1973)




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An insane, alcoholic woman redirects her hatred for the husband who abandoned her onto their teenage son, forcing him to dress and act like an infant. A social worker discovers this atrocity and attempts to rescue the boy, but the mother reacts violently in this horrific drama.

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Ruth Roman
as Mrs. Wadsworth
Anjanette Comer
as Ann Gentry
Marianna Hill
as Germaine
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Critic Reviews for The Baby

All Critics (9)

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

... the film has the look and feel of a TV cop drama, and a politically incorrect, outlandish storyline that couldn't be filmed today.

Full Review… | September 6, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Baby

very creepy cult fave it's a treat 2c ruth roman (strangers on a train) go all evil like bette davis in 'hush hush sweet charlotte'

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

He's a pretty special baby. A social worker who recently lost her husband requests a special case, the Wadsworth Family. The Wadsworth Family consists of a mother and her two daughters raising a full grown man as a baby. The baby's name is, Baby. The social worker believes the baby can grow and evolve but the family is unusually reluctant to let her test her theories. It is obvious the family is possessive and slightly crazy, but how far will that crazy extend and will the social worker's life be at risk? "What's his real name?" "Just baby." Ted Post, director of Good Guys Wear Black, Magnum Force, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Peyton Place, Stagecoach, and Gunsmoke, delivers The Baby. The storyline for this picture is very unique and well done. I found the content uniquely done and a nice delivery of an original plot, a little like Spider Baby. The acting was also better than I anticipated and the cast includes Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Mariana Hill, and Michael Pataki. "He's your brother, not an animal." I found this on Netflix and thought it would be an interesting 1970s grindhouse thriller...I was 100% right. I thought this film was very clever and original. It was weird and eerie but also unique. This is a must see for fans of the horror classics and/or cult films. "Wifey loves her big baby." Grade: B+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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

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