Bad Seed (Blu-Ray)

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Studio Warner
SKU 222395346
UPC 883929189694
UPC 14 00883929189694
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Family Interaction
Murder
Recommended
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note The plot of William March's successful novel was tailor made for Hollywood. Combined with beautiful black-and-white photography and fabulous performances, THE BAD SEED is one of the eeriest films of the 20th century. The scientifically dubious theory behind the title is that an evil disposition can be an inherited trait. Patty McCormack plays Rhoda Penmark, a seemingly sweet, beautiful, smart grade school girl who is in attendance at a school picnic in which a classmate dies. No one suspects that the accident was the result of murder except for Rhoda's apartment building janitor, a simpleton named LeRoy (Henry Jones). But when Rhoda's mother, Christine Penmark (Nancy Kelly), finds out that her real mother is a cold-blooded killer, she begins to suspect her own daughter. Her fears of what Rhoda might do conflict with her protective instincts as a mother, forcing Christina to make terrible decisions--decisions that themselves might be too late.
Plot Summary
Summary THE BAD SEED is a suspenseful thriller about a mother who slowly comes to the incredible conclusion that her 8-year-old daughter might just be responsible for a string of brutal murders. Based on Maxwell Anderson's play, this picture was the inspiration for 1994's THE GOOD SON, as well as the 1985 TV movie of the same name.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he real fun lies in the goofy mix of chills and wildly emotional hokum..." 08/13/2004 p.73
Premiere "[The film] offers a classy dose of macabre melodrama..." 07/01/2004 p.119
Los Angeles Times "[C]hilling..." 08/08/2004 p.E14
Directors
Mervyn LeRoy
Actors
Nancy Kelly
Cast & Crew
Nancy Kelly - Star
Patty McCormack - Star
Jesse White - Star
Evelyn Varden - Star
William Hopper - Star
Eileen Heckart - Star
Henry Jones - Star
Paul Fix - Star
Alex North - Composer
Maxwell Anderson - Source Writer
William March - Source Writer
Harold Rosson - Director of Photography
John Lee Mahin - Screenwriter
Mervyn LeRoy - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1956
UPC 00883929189694
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color B&W
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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