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Garden of Death -- A strange man grows odd plants for a wealthy American woman in South America. The plants begin to emit deadly fumes! It seems that all of his previous employers have died mysteriously. What happens to him in the end is very bizarre. Color, 35mm.


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Garden of LOVE... Garden of DEATH, He Plants the Seeds of Evil
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I went looking for a movie too bad to be believed, and I found it. It broke my heart... See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Katharine Houghton ... Ellen Bennett

Joe Dallesandro ... Carl, the Gardener
Rita Gam ... Helena Boardman
James Congdon ... John Bennett
Anne Meacham ... Mrs. García
Teodorina Bello ... Liza, the Maid
Ivan Rodriguez ... Max
Esther Mari ... Rosa
Roberto Negron ... Ralph
Hal Lasky ... Fred Burrows
Cass Fry ... Jinny
Robert Yoh ... Robby
Tanny McDonald ... Mrs. Burrows
Katherine De Beer ... Gladys Stone
Orlando Rodriguez ... Mr. Von Wohl
Baron De Beer ... Wayne
Janet Gomez ... Mrs. Von Wohl
Louis Vigoroux ... Mr. García
Jorge Vasquez ... Salvador
Yeyita Cervoni ... Maria
Irma Torres ... Domenica
Angel Rivera ... Doctor
Maggie Benson ... Nurse

Directed by
James H. Kay  (as Jim Kay)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James H. Kay  (as Jim Kay)

Produced by
Tony Belletier .... producer
Chalmer G. Kirkbride Jr. .... associate producer
Chalmer Kirkbride .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marc Fredericks 
Cinematography by
Michael Zingale (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cal Schultz 
Casting by
Vic Ramos 
Production Design by
Don Gilman 
Makeup Department
Enrico Cortese .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Production Management
Bob Plone .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julián Ibáñez .... assistant director (as Julian Ibanez)
Art Department
Richard Nelson .... property master
Sound Department
Orlando Cordero .... sound recordist
Al Mian .... sound
John Quinn .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Leslie Colombani .... gaffer
Kenneth Goss .... chief grip
Miguel Antonia Lauente .... camera operator
Pat Tarzini .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sivia Aulette .... principal wardrobe
Music Department
Marc Fredericks .... conductor
Other crew
Fay Dattner .... script supervisor
Kenneth Lane .... jewellery
Eva Montalvo .... production secretary
Mateu Sherko .... additional clothes
Bill Tice .... additional clothes
Robert Yoh .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Gardener" - USA (original title)
"Seeds of Evil" - USA (alternative title)
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86 min
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Director James H. Kay wanted the film to be entitled 'The Gardener' and only went along with re-naming it 'Seeds of Evil' at the insistence of the distributors who thought it would be more marketable under that title.See more »
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Featured in Planting the Seeds of Evil (2006) (V)See more »


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I went looking for a movie too bad to be believed, and I found it. It broke my heart..., 1 June 1999
Author: Jonathan Tanner from Mannahawkin, NJ

So you are in this movie-rental place with a horror section that is just miles wide and furlongs in length, and you are, just imagine, scanning the rows for anything that catches your rather jaded (maybe from too many low-budget or low-brow horror flicks, too much mockery, or stilted dialogue, too many effects or musical stings) eye in that special way that only a truly mongoloid flick can do--and what do you see? of course, a really chintzy colored pencil and pastel picture of this tree/man graft that has women trapped (mayhaps metaphorically) in his "roots," but the really bad part is the complete physiological inaccuracy of the picture (witness, in your mind's eye, the nipples of this bare-chested "evil" tree/man placed in the exact (okay, semi-exact) orthocenter of his pectoral muscles--just plain zaniness from look one!), and it has this tag on it that reads, "He does bad things to the Garden!!" and what can you do or say (except fall in love with it on the spot and say "I love you," respectively associated, right there in the orchard of neon horror that is the movie rental place)--and then so imagine your heartbreak when you get home, undress it from its plastic case and discover to yourself the fact that it is completely: affectless, toneless, actionless, heartless, penniless, paceless, plotless, heartless, and, perhaps most horribly, humorless--you and your best bud cannot, for the glory that the world holds, come up with a single joke to combat the ceaseless waves of offense to your senses and sensibilities that this offers--not to mention devoid of a) evil and b)seeds of said evil...there are no effects: it features untold minutes of floral footage, which cause the actors to expire at completely surreal and random moments--with which occasional happening you can utterly sympathize...I went looking for a movie too bad to be believed, and I found it. It broke my heart. It has the power to tear yours out and lay it bleeding on the table before you, and it won't even give you a maniacal chuckle to which to expire. This is the worst movie I have ever seen with maybe the sole exception of "'Manos':The Hands of Fate." But, hey, you're the one in the horror section--you roll the dice.

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