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The Baby (1973)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | March 1973 (USA)
A social worker, still reeling from the loss of her architect husband, investigates the eccentric, psychedelic Wadsworth Family, consisting of a mother, two daughters, and an adult son with the apparent mental capacity of an infant.

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Ann Gentry
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Germaine Wadsworth
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Alba Wadsworth (as Suzanne Zenor)
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Baby (as David Manzy)
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A social worker who recently lost her husband investigates the strange Wadsworth family. The Wadsworths might not seem too unusual to hear about them at first - consisting of the mother, two grown daughters and the diaper-clad, bottle-sucking baby. The problem is, the baby is twenty-one years old. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Pray you don't learn the secret of... The Baby See more »

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Jaula sin techo  »

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It took about a year for writer Abe Polsky to convince Ted Post to direct the film; Post was reluctant to make the movie because he found the dark premise to be too negative. See more »

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Ann Gentry: I notice you call him Baby. And the case history doesn't show any other name; what is his real name?
Germaine Wadsworth: Just Baby.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Oh Baby!
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Worthwhile,off beat, modern Gothic tale centering on a dysfunctional family that emasculates the only male in the family by keeping him a baby:even though he is fully grown. And lucky "Baby", all the women in the film want him for their own reasons. An unusual premise, with effective performances, efficient direction, and good use of location makes for an enjoyably twisted B movie. The movie drags a bit toward the end, and begins to seem a bit thin but, it remains compelling. A real find on budget DVD.

Comer is well-cast in the lead and Roman's performance is classic. As Roman's daughters, cult figure Marianna Hill (Red Line 7000,Medium Cool, High Plains Drifter,Dead People) and Suzanne Zenor are convincingly creepy. And did I mention Beatrice Manley Blau as Comer's mother-in-law? Now, she's scary!

Slick and sick little film that ends with a nice twist. Shelved by the studio;than given a limited theatrical release. A bit difficult to categorize but, definitely worth seeking out. The DVD, regrettably, has no extras but, the transfer looks good.


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