The Baby (1973)
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Critic Reviews for The Baby
The film [is] a warped mirror on American family life, depicting parenting as an act of grotesque selfishness.
Sadistic horror pic that has achieved classic cult status for being so irreverently camp.
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.
'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.
Exploitation films don't come much stranger than 1973's The Baby.
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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