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An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, 70s fashions and sick love. The result remains one of the most disturbing movies in Hollywood history.
Anjanette Comer (The Loved One) stars as an idealistic L.A. County social worker who investigates the case of Mrs. Wadsworth (former 50s starlet Ruth Roman of Strangers On A Train fame), her two buxom daughters, and son Baby, a mentally-disabled man who sleeps in a crib, eats in a high-chair, crawls, bawls and wears diapers.
But what secrets of unnatural attachment and sexual obsession are all of these women hiding?
Marianna Hill (The Godfather Part II) and Michael Pataki (Grave Of The Vampire) co-star in this psychotic stunner from director Ted Post (Magnum Force, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes), now fully restored from the original film negative for the first time ever on Blu-ray.
Cancel your appointments, tell your folks you can't make it for dinner, tell the band you can't practice today, and find this movie. ---Dread Central
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Ruth Roman is an indomitable force as Mrs. Wadsworth, a bitter, chain-smoking harridan who lives with her two grown daughters Germaine (Mariana Hill) and Alba (Suzanne Zenor). Together these three partake in the care and feeding of Baby--a twenty-something man who exists in an infantilized state, his world consisting of diapers, bottles and life in a playpen. Concerned social worker Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer) arrives on the scene to investigate and quickly becomes obsessed with giving Baby a chance to live up to his potential. Things escalate until the story becomes a struggle of wills between Ann and the Wadsworths over Baby's welfare, which results in kidnapping and murder!
The story may be somewhat slow-moving for those born after 1980 who are used to non-stop action and excessive editing in their films, but for those who appreciate "old-school" technique and character development, stick it out because the payoff is HUGE. I am somewhat jaded but even I didn't see the twist coming (I won't reveal it here and spoil it for first-timers).
The two lead actresses really play well off each other (the interview with director Ted Post found among the bonus features hints that Roman may have purposely caused some friction so that the tension between Ann and Mrs. W would be amplified onscreen) and the film transcends its limited budget. The sorrowful cello score is wonderful throughout, especially heartbreaking during the scene when Comer looks at old vacation slides of she and her husband.
The best scenes involve over-the-top abuse as when Alba uses a cattle prod to discipline Baby, and when the women return home to find the babysitter suckling Baby in the nursery (Roman is scary as all-out brandishing that whipping-rope).
Five stars for the movie itself based on originality, entertainment value, and performances.
The new 2011 release from Severin Films however is a whole other story. I already owned a discontinued full-frame release from Image Entertainment that was put out about 10 years ago and was eager to own a remastered version so I purchased the new release. While the specks and blemishes have all been removed from the picture, the entire film looks desaturated. It's as though they used a beige filter on everything and the colors are not strong or vibrant at all. I immediately compared the two and the colors are much brighter and vivid on the old release. **NOTE** I posted two comparative screen grabs in the images section of this product. Judge for yourself. Also, since the film wasn't originally created in widescreen, they have cropped off part of the picture for this release. I am glad I didn't sell my old copy because if I had to choose, I'd rather watch it in fullscreen with some dirt and specks rather than a faded, washed out print.
There are two short audio interviews with director Ted Post and with David Manzy Mooney (who played Baby).
If you have never seen this before and love weird, offbeat '70s flicks, by all means get it. If you already own the Image version, be warned this one looks washed out.
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