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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (247 votes)

Released: 2011-10-11

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The Bad Seed [Blu-ray] by Warner Home Video

The Bad Seed [Blu-ray]

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Mervyn Leroy
Warner Home Video
NR (Not Rated)

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A single mother discovers that within her seemingly angelic daughter beats the heart of a cold-blooded serial murderer. One woman must make a terrible decision about the daughter she loves and desperately wants to protect in this classic thriller.


  • Eileen Heckart
  • Nancy Kelly
  • Patty McCormack
  • Henry Jones


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Editorial Review

“A basket full of kisses for a basket full of hugs.” Those are chilling words, at least when uttered by that ice princess, Patty McCormack. As Rhoda Penmark, she is as pretty as a porcelain doll but drips venom with each curtsey and polite response. Little Rhoda's mother is terrified she has passed on her own mother's corruption. Oops, turns out she's right. This passes the test of time, as it still gets under your skin. The character development is tight and the story very involving. Not even Freddy Krueger had the ability to scare like tiny McCormack, looking just like a little adult while she literally beats out the competition for a penmanship award. However, director Mervyn LeRoy's hands were tied over the ending, which was changed from the source material–Maxwell Anderson's hit Broadway play. A supposedly more appropriate, and moral, ending was demanded by the studio. This was remade (badly) in 1985. –Rochelle O'Gorman

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