The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed

Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones

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This melodramatic thriller about a very, very bad little girl comes to DVD in a presentation which should please the members of its cult following. The Bad Seed has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring actress Patty McCormack and critic Charles Busch, a short documentary in which McCormack talks about the making of the film, and the movie's original trailer.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
UPC: 0085393352424
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 2,151

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Patty McCormack and Charles Busch; New making-of documentary "Enfant Terrible: A Conversation With Patty McCormack"; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nancy Kelly Mrs. Christine Penmark
Patty McCormack Rhoda Penmark
Henry Jones LeRoy, Handyman,Radio Voice
Eileen Heckart Mrs. Daigle
Evelyn Varden Monica Breedlove
William Hopper Col. Kenneth Penmark
Paul Fix Richard Bravo
Jesse White Emory
Gage Clarke Reginald Tasker
Joan Croydon Miss Fern
Frank Cady Mr. Daigle

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director,Producer
John Beckman Art Director
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Warren Low Editor
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Alex North Score Composer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:33]
2. Goodbye, Ladies [3:32]
3. Gifts From Monica [2:02]
4. LeRoy and Miss Uppity [5:32]
5. Does She Fit In? [2:07]
6. Pathological Lunch Talk [5:35]
7. Tragic News [2:38]
8. Behaving Very Well [3:29]
9. Lost in Thought [3:09]
10. Miss Fern's Suspicions [6:22]
11. Somethin' Funny to Mrs. Daigle [7:18]
12. Kenneth's Concern [1:55]
13. The Discovery [1:53]
14. Rhoda Tells the Truth [6:42]
15. "I Wish She Were Mine" [1:38]
16. LeRoy Figures It Out [4:47]
17. Testing for Blood [2:08]
18. Can Children Kill? [3:02]
19. Bad Seeds [5:44]
20. Christine's Old Fear [4:50]
21. Not a Dream [5:13]
22. On Purpose [:03]
23. "I Believe You Did It" [6:20]
24. Playing With Matches [5:54]
25. You Must Sleep [1:26]
26. Drunk and Unfortunate [2:11]
27. Cries for Help [7:00]
28. New Vitamins [5:21]
29. Dream Well [5:02]
30. What Kenneth Still Has [1:50]
31. Specious Theorizing [3:41]
32. "How Long Do Lovebirds Live?" [1:26]
33. Errand in the Night [1:42]
34. Phone Call [1:37]
35. Retribution [1:29]
36. Wonderful Cast: Coda [:54]

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The Bad Seed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Bad Seed is a wonderfully thrilling tale of children, murder and the capacity of the human mind. It is exciting and capitivating from beggining to end. The only thing more suprising than a sweet blonde girl murderer is her history. 'What would you give me for a basket of kisses,' Rhoda would say, expecting in reply, 'I would give you a basket of hugs.' Enchanting and exhilerating, a must see for thrill seekers; this movie is absolutely marvelous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A sweet young girl(patty mcormic)name Rhoda is a girl that acks so nice that something must be wrong and there is something wrong with this child. She has the blood of a famous murderer. And that is exactly what she is. A murderer! I dont want to give anything away to people who have not seen the movie, so I wont go into specifics.
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Nylahtram More than 1 year ago
The scariest film I've ever seen, originally in black and white, and the year was 1965. I was living in Boston at time, alone in my apartment, and late at night, IN THE DARK. Happy Halloween everybody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Bad Seed' is an excellent psychological horror film.It goes through the planned pace from beginning to end on how to solve these mysterious killings of the Daigle boy and Leroy. The one place no one would even think of looking is in the face of Rhoda Penmark.It shows that evil has many faces because evil can manifest in different forms where you would least expect to find it.This is an excellent study of how murderers are born. Perhaps if can spot the signs from birth,like Christine spotted Rhoda's menacing ways and acting like it's not a big deal if she kills someone, we can stop them from harming others. We all have a dark side, including Rhoda;It's the enemy within that stays with us all our human lives. Rhoda on the outside shows the sunny side of herself, in which we all do from time to time.However, on the inside, there is pure evil waiting to lurk at any moment.A chilling,outstanding story that could happen to anyone who is about to go postal.
writtenonthebody More than 1 year ago
If you love classic horror and creepy little kids, you have to own this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even today the mention of the name, Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormick) conjures up disturbing chills. And it¿s no wonder; there is something genuinely unsettling in this ¿The Bad Seed.¿ On the surface Rhoda is a precocious eight year old blonde moppet of considerable charm and alarmingly mature lady-like grace. Under that thin veneer however she is absolute poison, inflicting pain suffering and even death on anything and anyone that gets in the way of her selfish desires. Like Linda Blair¿s Regan from ¿The Exorcist¿, McCormick¿s performance excels at generating mixed feelings of guilt, compassion and reviled disgust for this pint size psychotic masquerading as Doris Day. Nancy Kelly is outstanding as Christine, Rhoda¿s conflicted mother ¿ unable to choose between disciplining her off spring and merely turning a blind eye to her willful deluge of mayhem. Under Mervin LeRoy¿s direction, the story nimbly unleashes its reign of terror, ultimately shocking, confusing and leaving its audience with many nightmares to come. Warner¿s DVD transfer is superb. The image is remarkably clean, with a very solid and beautifully rendered gray scale, deep blacks and excellent contrast levels. Fine details are fully realized. There is a total lack of edge effects and other digital anomalies for an exceptionally smooth visual presentation. The audio is mono but with a considerable punch to it. Extras include a featurette (billed as a documentary) in which present day Patty rambles on about the making of the film and her involvement in the production. Truthfully, McCormick¿s reminiscences boil down to a ¿look at me, wasn¿t I wonderful?¿ diatribe with inserts from the film included as predictable filler. There¿s also an audio commentary with McCormick and Charles Busch that¿s somewhat entertaining to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maxwell Anderson's stage play stunned and shocked Broadway audiences with its frighteningly real portrait of an eight-year-old murderess. How many parents took closer looks at their own children and wondered what they might be capable of? So strong was the impact of the play that the making of the screen version was almost devoid of the normal studio publicity and a synopsis of the story omitted the film's conclusion. The filming of "The Bad Seed" retained all the strength and brilliance of the original play and contains an originality in technique an performance that give it true classic stature. Patty McCormack is excellent as the cute but malevolent Rhoda, whose frilly dresses, devious politeness, and adorable blond pigtails mask her inner monstrousness. Henry Jones is also splendid as the slow witted, but fatefully perceptive handyman. As Rhoda's guilt-ridden mother, Nancy Kelly is excessively weepy, but very effective. And as Mrs. Dagle, the alcoholic mother of the drowned little boy, Eileen Heckhart overacts outrageously and is heartbreaking. Kelly, Heckhart (as well as McCormack) got Oscar nominations for their work, though the awards went to others. Alex North's non-nominated music score is also memorable. A sequel to "The Bad Seed" would have seemed a good bet by Hollywood, though in some respects it's already been made in the form of "Pretty Poison" (1968), with Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins, a stunning film whose theme (and title) bares a strong relationship to this classic chiller. [filmfactsman]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything about this film--the crazed hysterics of Nancy Kelly as Christine Penmark, the elaborate fifties furnishings and trappings, the repressed lesbianism of Joan Croydon as Miss Fern--smacks of my antiquated Fifties childhood. I swear that some of the furniture pieces on the living room set match some that were in my house growing up! As for the story, while I never actually murdered anyone for a penmanship medal or anything else, I won't deny there were not times when I wanted to! The ending has been criticized ad nauseum today it ends an extra degree of camp to what has become a camp classic. Much more detrimental to me is the viewer cheated out of the satisfaction of seeing Rhoda bump off garulous Monica Breedlove, which is exactly what she is planning next, in the dialogue towards the end between she and her father. Camp excess and theatricality aside, the unusual novelty of the story coming at a time when it did, the wonderfully atmospheric lighting, and the juxtaposition of the ordinary with the horrible make "The Bad Seed" still strangely unsettling today--almost half a century later.
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