The Bad Seed


(out of 5)

Horrendously dated film feels like you’re watching the filming of a live stage play.  plays a widowed mother to a seemingly perfect young girl (), going about her life happily enough until she finds out that her little angel might actually be a bit of a demon. A murdering demon, actually, as it turns out that McCormack doesn’t have any sense of moral conflict when it comes to hurting or killing people to get what she wants. Naturally, Kelly wanders around her house wringing her hands and weeping until a wise doctor comes along and solves everything. Director Mervyn Leroy’s unimaginative direction hardly ever captures more than one angle of the main living room set that the film takes place in, awkwardly revealing its stage origins. Kelly is astute in the lead, however, and  lends excellent support as the mother of one of the little girl’s victims.

Warner Bros.

USA, 1956

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy

Screenplay by , based on the play by , from the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1956

Golden Globe Awards 1956

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