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Garden of LOVE... Garden of DEATH, He Plants the Seeds of Evil
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A sinister landscaper turns into a tree and learns to communicate with his fellow plants. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Weightless hippie-horror pipedream, mostly just seeds and shake. See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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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Also Known As:
"The Gardener" - USA (original title)
"Seeds of Evil" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Color (TVC)
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Certification:
Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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According to director James H. Kay, at one point the people who owned the house the film was being shot at wanted to evict the production from their property when shooting was only half complete. The production brought in lawyers to work out a deal, but while this was going on director Kay prepared to quickly return the crew to the house and not leave until filming was complete. Fortunately, the lawyers came through and the crew was allowed to continue shooting at the location.See more »

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Weightless hippie-horror pipedream, mostly just seeds and shake., 14 August 2011
Author: EyeAskance from fabulous Las Vega$!

Warhol entourage beefcake Joe Dallessandro portrays Karl, a gardener in the employment of a wealthy but neglected housewife(Katharine Houghton, miles downstream from her earlier success in GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER). His command of the botanical arts is impressive, but his references are tough to check considering most of his previous employers have died. Suspiciously.

Houghton's garden is soon the envy of her upper-crust clique, and her reserved and perpetually bare-chested gardener becomes the object of much lustful flutter among her female friends. The rest of the household staff(natives to the South American environs where this is set and filmed) are less enthusiastic about Karl's presence, and they warn their housemistress of his evil wizardry. Shrugging off this superstitious cautioning, she becomes increasingly drawn to Karl...but when people around her begin to die mysteriously, she comes to suspect a tenebrous connection to the flora cultivated by her brooding and sexually Svengali-like greenskeeper. The bizarre eventuality of this mystery is the manifestation of Karl's true nature. It seems he is...quite literally...a tree.

While THE GARDENER is a semi-creditable example of an under-the-radar horror film ethos, it's not likely to have strong appeal to the mainstream viewing integer. Sluggishly paced and lacking 'comme il faut' shocks and bloodshed, it does otherwise manage to build an obfuscous atmosphere of weblike mystique.

A mellow horror high for some, probably a harsh toke for others...5/10

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