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The Bad Seed (1985)

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

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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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"Thou shalt not covet...bear false witness...steal...dishonor thy parent...murder..." ...Or suffer a witch to live! See more »


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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 »

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Remake of The Bad Seed (1956) See more »

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1985 MFTV version vs 1956 theatrical version.
24 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 1956 version of The Bad Seed the Hayes Office got the ending changed so Rhoda died when struck by lightning while trying to retrieve the penmanship medal at the dock while her mom survived a suicide attempt. However the 1985 MFTV version ended the way the novel ended with the mom dying and Rhoda surviving, with her dad still wrongly believing her to be a perfect little angel. Still the original 1956 version had a wonderful cast and great acting. Also that curtain call scene after the ending where all the cast members came out to take bows and then the mom gave Rhoda a spanking was brilliant, a happy comedic addition to an otherwise shocking tragic movie. ♣


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