Directed by Ted Post
Starring Anjanette Comer
David Mooney Marianna Hill
Highly entertaining early '70s horror movie from the director of "Magnum Force" and "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "The Baby" is a must for fans of TV movie style terrors from the era. Like "The Candy Snatchers," the film has the look and feel of a TV cop drama, and a politically incorrect, outlandish storyline that couldn't be filmed today.
David Mooney is great in the title role as "Baby" -- a 30-something man who somehow has the mind of an infant. Comer plays a social worker who takes a unique interest in the case of the man with the mind of a baby. Baby lives with his mother (Ruth Roman) and two, sexy adult sisters (Germaine Wadsworth and Susanne Zenor) who survive off of government welfare.
The scenes with Baby are pretty hilarious, reminiscent of a John Waters movie, and there plenty of absurd exploitation elements thrown in to keep the movie going as the story slowly unfolds. The social worker's interest in the case seems a little extreme, with her attempting to devote as much of her schedule as possible with the baby/man. Meanwhile, Baby's mother and sisters grow suspicious of her motives. And, we learn that another social worker "disappeared" while working on the same case.
Things start getting confrontational as our social worker heroine begins insisting that Baby can be rehabilitated by her -- and finally all out war breaks out with the family kidnapping the nosy gal during Baby's birthday party (at which a bunch of Hell's Angels types are smoking and whoring at the family home).
With a big twist ending payoff, hammy performances, and a surprisingly good '70s score by Gerald Fried, the film is a great slice of the early '70s horror era.
-- Review by Lucius Gore
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