The Baby Reviews
A young woman social worker is assigned to their case. She comes by for a visit and keeps showing up. She's showing up too much and dom-mom is beginning to feel threatened.
The sisters are sort of what might in the 70s be considered sexy LA hot, the type of look that has faded toward yucky.. The social worker is more subdued attractive as played by second string star of those days Anjanette Comer. The mom is played by second string star of a previous day, Ruth Roman. She is a hefty muumuu clad late middle ager (at 50) with kind of the Liz Taylor boozy bloat look about her, and stiff spray flip hair-style. She looks great for the role, but unfortunately isn't so good acting wise and doesn't really convince in the probably rather limited number of takes allotted her in this cheapo production.
Anyway, the first half hour is really quite amusing and they explore some interesting stuff. Like a scene with hot young babysitter and hungry baby. Had they continued on in this manner this could have been a real oddball kink classic.
The mama throws a big birthday party for baby. The woman apparently has actual friends and they show up, admire baby, and nobody seems to think it's odd that he is rather adult.
They back off, chicken out, on all the possible fun stuff in the concept and turn it into more of a horror melodrama. There is even a twist toward the very end, that while surprising and unexpected is cheap and stupid in my opinion. It would have been better had they dug deeper in the semi- Freudian stuff rather than the cop out on the screen that it ultimately is.
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?"
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."
(1973) The Baby
PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMA/ THRILLER
Before the internet also became a valuable source to look up rare films, one of my all time favorite magazines to look up hard-to-find Asian movies is a magazine called "Asian Trash Cinema", and they would showcase 'trashy' movies- "trashy movies" as in comedy action, gore and violence with second rate acting. Much of it's attention is usually centered on shocking and surprising it's audience, since it's not a reflection of what happens on real life, but the possibility about what can happen. Anyways, this movie is the perfect example of what 'trashy American cinema' might've looked like, since it's intention is to surprise and shock it's viewers made with a low string budget. The movie has to be looked at for it's 'idea' than for it's acting, which the movie's message overshadows the amount of money put into it. "The Baby" as the movie is referring to, is really a 21 year old, blonde-haired young man who acts like a baby, who lives with his two adult sisters Germaine (Marianna Hill) and Alba (Susanne Zenor) Wadsworth and a mother, Mrs. Wadsworth (Ruth Roman). When this particular family, get investigated by a social worker, Ann (Anjanette Comer) who has just lost her husband, the movie then asks, 'Is this grown up a baby by choice' or 'Was he brought up that way'. There's a little twist at the end, which some viewers may have figured out before the movie is over. And although, the movie kept me interested until the very end, it still left me with more questions than the movie was willing to give me any answers.
2 stars out of 4