Film / The Baby
is a 1973 B-movie directed by Ted Post. The film is usually classified "Horror", but it is actually more a psychological drama.
Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer) is a social worker whose husband has recently been injured in an accident. She gets assigned to the Wadsworth family which consists of Mrs. Wadsworth (Ruth Roman), her two adult daughters Germaine (Marianna Hill) and Alba (Suzanne Zenor), and "Baby" (David Manzy), a grown man who acts and is treated like a baby
. Ann takes on the case because she thinks the Wadsworths have been mistreating Baby, but there is also another reason she is interested in him.
This film provides examples of:
- False Widow: Ann, at first we assume her husband died, but it turns out he survived. He's just brain damaged and acts like a baby
- Mind Screw: It's a pretty serious work, aside from the "baby" part.
- Surprisingly Happy Ending: Ann, Ann's mother-in-law, and the two "babies" (Baby and Ann's husband) are all happily playing in their new pool, which was built on top of the dead bodies of Baby's old family!
- You're Insane!: Ann and her mother-in-law got nothing on the Wadsworths