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The Bad Seed (1985)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 7 February 1985
Fatal freak accidents force a widow to realize her precocious 9-year-old daughter was born to kill.



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Cast overview:
Carrie Wells ...
Rachel Penmark
Mark Daigler
Weldon Bleiler ...
Fred Daigler
Christa Denton ...
Rita Daigler
Eve Smith ...
Mrs. Post
Katharine Tobin ...


Rachel is a 9-year-old girl who is perfection itself - unless she's crossed or challenged. Several disturbing recent incidents have led Rachel's mother Christine to suspect that her child is a latent murderess. Upon discovering that she herself is the daughter of a convicted killer, Christine becomes convinced that sweet little Rachel is a "bad seed" - an inherent killer who feels no remorse because she doesn't know any better. Written by Ørnås

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Rachel Penmark is such a *different* little girl. So calm, so well-mannered...so deadly. See more »






Release Date:

7 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mala semilla  »

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Did You Know?


Patty McCormack, star of the 1956 film, was offered the role of Monica Breedlove, but after reading the script, she promptly turned down the part. See more »


Remake of The Bad Seed (1956) See more »

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Pretty bad
19 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I never saw the original "The Bad Seed", but I recall my mother telling me about it and how chilling Patty McCormack's performance was. It is possible that just hearing about the original clouded my judgment, but here's my opinion.

In this version, Carrie Wells was anything but chilling, she was just plain whiny, spoiled, and annoying. I never felt disturbed while watching her, I just felt irritated. She never came across as "evil", just bratty. I just kept wanting to slap the you know what out of her.

I didn't find any of the other actors to be all that impressive in their roles, either.

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