The Baby (1973)
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Critic Reviews for The Baby
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.
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.
A terrific twist ending is what puts this one over the top.
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.
The Baby, though marketed as horror, plays out as a deranged women's picture, its melodrama modulated to the rhythms of errant maternity.
Audience Reviews for The Baby
What was that?! Dumb early 70's horror film that is only worth seeing for Ruth Roman's performance.
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.
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