Friday, October 21, 2011

The Bad Seed

Why is it children in horror movies are always creepy? Anyone that has seen The Omen or The Shining can agree with me on that.

Probably one of the first "creepy kid" horror movies was 1956's The Bad Seed. Most kids in horror movies are possessed or taken over by some sort of spirit. Patty McCormack's Rhoda Penmark is just downright evil. Seriously, wouldn't you be freaked out by a kid like her?

With most other people in movies that have killed, they worry if they'll get caught. Not Rhoda. All the worrying is done by her mother Christine (Nancy Kelly). Rhoda could barely care if she gets caught. She just goes on with her day like any normal eight-year-old (or sociopath) would.

The Bad Seed has to be one of the more underrated horror movies out there, though it does get a little schlocky in some scenes. McCormack is probably the most horrifying kid in any movie. Hey, you try finding a kid creepier than Rhoda Penmark. (Trust me, there isn't.)

My Rating: ****1/2


  1. this is by far one of the craziest kids i've ever seen onscreen. something was seriously wrong with her. i love this movie.

  2. This is one of my favorites. Patty McCormack was so terrifying.


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