Oh dear, I do hope that Sham Shocktober isn’t just turning into a daily dose of me reeling off a film title and saying “OMG! I can’t believe I’ve not seen this!” – because that would be so boring. I had hoped the idea might have a little more depth than that. On the other hand, in respect to The Bad Seed, OMG! I can’t believe I’ve not seen this!
Now, I’m not totally clueless when it comes to the movie – I mean, I know it’s not about gardening or anything – but, considering how synonymous its title is with the notion of devil-children, it’s surprising how little I actually do know about it. I know it stars Patty McCormack as the eponymous pipsqueak, and I assume she gets up to some things that just weren’t socially acceptable in 1956 – like holding her cutlery in the wrong hands or perhaps even shouting “atom bomb!” in math class. I saw 1993’s The Good Son, which everyone compared to The Bad Seed, and that had Macaulay Culkin throwing a mannequin off a motorway bridge and calling Elijah Wood a shithead or something, but I doubt The Bad Seed is as histrionic as that (or as goshdarn funny).
Patty returned to her suburban-psycho roots in a couple of other 90s movies, Mommy and Mommy 2: Mommy’s Day, this time playing a bad seed who’s grown up, germinated and produced seedlings of her own... Uh, yeah, that’s about as far as I can run with that metaphor. I doubt they’re as good as Serial Mom, anyway.