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The Bad Seed

(DVD - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Bad Seed
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A mother makes the tortuous discovery that her cherubic eight year old daughter harbors an innate desire to kill.
Title: The bad seed
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video Inc., [c2004]
Edition: Standard version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; a Mervyn LeRoy production ; screen play by John Lee Mahin ; directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: commentary by Patty McCormack and Charles Busch; new making-of documentary Einfant Terrible: a conversation with Patty McCormack; theatrical trailer
Originally released in 1956
Based upon the play by Maxwell Anderson and the novel by William March
Summary: A mother makes the tortuous discovery that her cherubic eight year old daughter harbors an innate desire to kill.
ISBN: 0790792109
Branch Call Number: DVD Horror BAD
Credits: Director of photography, Hal Rosson ; editor, Warren Low ; music, Alex North.
Performers: Eileen Heckart, Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Evelyn Varden.
System Details: DVD, region 1, standard version; Dolby Digital mono; dual-layer format
Other Language: English dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Mothers and daughters Drama Juvenile homicide Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Horror films
Feature films
Topical Term: Mothers and daughters
Juvenile homicide
Publisher No: 33524 Warner Home Video
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Sep 03, 2013
  • Froster rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

Apr 30, 2013
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 20, 2013
  • Bookworm39 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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