The Bad Seed (1956)

Young Rhoda Penmark is sweet, smart … and inherently evil! After a school chum dies during a picnic, no one suspects Rhoda, except the janitor of her apartment building....
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The Bad Seed

A WOMAN'S SHAME...Out in the Open!

19562 h 09 min
Overview

Young Rhoda Penmark is sweet, smart … and inherently evil! After a school chum dies during a picnic, no one suspects Rhoda, except the janitor of her apartment building. But when Rhoda's mother finds out that her own mother was a cold-blooded killer, she begins to suspect Rhoda might be the victim of some faulty genetics.

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Director Mervyn LeRoy
Runtime 2 h 09 min
Release Date 12 September 1956
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Movie Media DVD
Blu-ray
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Good

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The ‘Bad Seed’ delivers as one of the most disturbing films of it’s time.

I’ve probably seen this movie about four or five times and each viewing was like watching it for the first time. ‘The Bad Seed’ is a horror/thriller that is unorthodox for it’s time. An original script that caters to the adult audience leaving the impression of shock and uneasiness. Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack couldn’t have played their roles any better.

So many films throughout the years have imitated this script, but all were incomparable. ‘The Bad Seed’ leaves a distasteful taste in your mouth that you instantly want to continuously wash out. That comment could be very misleading, but it’s a positive one to be clear. Nancy Kelly plays a fine role as Christine Penmark, the mother to the devil’s child, Rhoda Penmark (McCormack) . It is unclear on what caused Rhoda to become so evil, but sources will point that it happened right when she was born. We are briefly introduced to the father in the beginning and later returns in the latter half of the film whom is played by William Hopper. The story centralizes around ruthless Rhoda and tags you along with her on her evil schemes. The story builds up to an unravelling climax that will leave you shocked.

A film as original as this doesn’t come very often. As I stated before, the movies that do try to mimic this film are incomparable and dry. This film should not be overlooked and I highly recommend this film on a dark rainy night, isolating yourself from anyone who may be able to comfort you. If you hear a girl singing somewhere in your house, it’s probably just Rhoda.

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