The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed

DVD - 2004
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A mother makes the tortuous discovery that her cherubic eight year old daughter harbors an innate desire to kill.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video Inc., [c2004]
ISBN: 9780790792101
0790792109
Branch Call Number: DVD HORROR Bad
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Sep 23, 2016

Great movie! I don't want to give any spoilers because this movie is an adventure in it's own! So good! However, it does have some murder involved so it should be for ages 13 and up.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Sep 12, 2016

You know what??.... Had this 1956 "psycho-brat-noir-thriller" not been so bad.... It actually might have been good.

But - With that said - When it came to the (completely unbelievable) murderous determination of Rhoda, a mere 8-year-old (unconvincingly played by Patty McCormack) - Along with the outrageously over-the-top scenery-chewing of actresses Nancy Kelly and Eileen Heckart - The Bad Seed (whose demented, little story actually did have some potential) quickly deteriorated into one of the most laughable misfires of 1950's horror imaginable.

Had The Bad Seed been skillfully edited down to just 90 minutes, then, yes, perhaps, that might have actually helped to save its undeniably ludicrous story-line from becoming a total write-off.

But - When I seriously considered (into The Bad Seed's already-nutty mix) the Leroy Jessup character (as the absurdly antagonistic caretaker) - Along with the preposterous "lightning strikes" scene - Then I'd have to say that this film, pretty much, amounted to being nothing but absolute rot. (Yep. Right to its very core.)

*Trivia note* - The Bad Seed was directed by Mervyn LeRoy, who 18 years earlier had (believe it, or not) co-directed "The Wizard of Oz".

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hesselugano
May 02, 2016

Once again, VPL gives Veronica Cartwright no credit for being in this movie. (She got no credit for her role as Cathy Brenner in Hitchcock's "The Birds" either).

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voisjoe1_0
Apr 23, 2016

The filming of a stage play that was adapted from a novel. The story takes place in an age during which people popularly discuss the advances being made in the field of psychiatry. When a child turns bad, is it nature or nurture? Is the personality warped by treatment of a bad or an imperfect mother? Or is the badness carried by the genes? Watch for the whimsical music that plays during the deus ex machina in the last seconds of the film.

Froster Jul 28, 2013

Truly awe-inspiring. A kind of night depository of terrible 1950s acting, writing and direction. Nancy Kelley almost literally sings every one of her lines, Eileen Heckart is the most overdrawn drunk since Crazy Guggenheim, and Patty McCormack was clearly the inspiration for the Chucky movies. It's very, very hard to imagine any of this was taken seriously, but evidently, it was. (What propelled it? The Red Menace? A backlash against psychoanalysis? The siren song of conformity? WHO KNOWS, god bless 'em). Nowadays it succeeds as a kind of Bizzarro World version of The Miracle Worker. And, between the longish stretches of Nancy Kelley's overdrawn angst , there are some HILARIOUS moments. Do see it. Of its kind (is there another?) it is a classic. But please don't reveal the unusual climax of this picture....HA!

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Janice21383
Apr 30, 2013

Put on your tap shoes, tighten your braids, and stock up on gin to prepare for this camp classic. Patty McCormack stars as the bitchtastic Rhoda; she fully deserves a medal.

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Bookworm39
Feb 20, 2013

Brilliant movie. I have watched this movie many times over the years and still enjoy it very much.

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Sep 23, 2016

ANABELLE H. PORTER thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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