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Preston Tylk is an ordinary guy living in Seattle. When he discovers that his wife, Emily, whom he adores, is having an affair, he is devastated. Storming out of the house, he returns later only to find her brutally murdered. | Add synopsis »
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Luke Wilson ... Preston Tylk

Norman Reedus ... Jonathan Casey

Dennis Farina ... Dick Muller

Mili Avital ... Emily Tylk

Vincent Kartheiser ... Dillon
Tom Kelly ... Randy

T.J. Thyne ... Art Casey
Scott Nath ... Student
Clifford Fetters ... Wally (as Cliff Fetters)
Casi Nicole Wilkerson ... Paramedic
Lyssa Orchid ... Neighbor
Jonah Rodriguez ... Police Officer

Andrew Wilson ... Police Officer
Greg Michaels ... Police Officer
Jonathan Kedj ... Police Officer

Tony Doupe ... Police Officer
Ken Ballenger ... Police Officer
Jessica Sullivan ... Tied-up Woman
Jim Freedom ... Tied-up Man
Larry Boothby ... Truck Driver
Bill Higham ... Dr. Laskey
Lance Orchid ... Chef

Directed by
Jon Bokenkamp 
Writing credits
Jon Bokenkamp (written by)

Produced by
Marty Cohen .... co-producer
Roni Eguia Menendez .... producer (as Roni Eguia)
James Frey .... producer
Daniel Glasser .... producer (as Dan Glasser)
David Glasser .... associate producer (as David C. Glasser)
Randi Hiller .... associate producer
Lisa Hope .... co-producer
Lisa Hope .... line producer
P. Kevin Morris .... executive producer (as Kevin Morris)
Chris Roberts .... associate producer
Adam M. Stone .... associate producer (as Adam Stone)
Brian Sullivan .... executive producer
Estes Shane Whalen .... associate producer
Original Music by
Kurt Kuenne 
Cinematography by
Joey Forsyte 
Film Editing by
Ann Trulove 
Casting by
Randi Hiller 
Production Design by
Chris Eguia 
Art Direction by
Dave Percas 
Set Decoration by
Ingrid Sisson-Dooley  (as Ingrid Sison-Dooley)
Costume Design by
Enid Harris 
Makeup Department
Vedra Murray-Solomon .... makeup intern
Julea Sorrels .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aime Graham .... second second assistant director
Rob Lundsgaard .... first assistant director: second unit
Rob Lundsgaard .... second assistant director
Brad Martin .... second unit director
Brad Martin .... director: second unit
Chris Roberts .... assistant director
Paul Tennis .... second assistant director
Art Department
Becky Barron .... swing gang
Jennifer Newton .... swing gang
Monica Wynveldt .... property master
Sound Department
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ken Burton)
Cary Butler .... foley artist
Brian Callahan .... additional adr
John Edwards-Younger .... sound effects editor
Jason Fawcett .... boom operator
John Green .... dialogue editor
Sonya Henry .... dialogue editor
Mark Kaim .... recordist
Dave Lessel .... adr engineer
Andre Perreault .... sound re-recording mixer
Dale W. Perry .... foley artist (as Dale Perry)
Andy Potvin .... sound consultant: Dolby
Elanor Rimassa .... sound mixer
Jeff Rosen .... supervising sound editor
Frank Smathers .... sound effects editor (as Frank Smothers)
Special Effects by
Russell Thornton .... special effects coordinator
Shane T. Anderson .... stunts
Gary Edelman .... stunts
David Leitch .... stunts
Brad Martin .... stunt coordinator
Ron Otis .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Baird .... operator: 24 frame
Robert Beaumont .... key grip (as Bob Beaumont)
Angela Bernardoni .... camera intern
David Chameides .... steadicam operator (as Dave Chameides)
Steve Crosland .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Steven Crosland)
Michael J. Fowler .... operator: 24 frame (as Michael Fowler)
Stephen Franklin .... first assistant camera
Krist Hager .... gaffer
Willy Hewson .... dolly grip
Leanne Ikeda .... camera intern
Kurt Kuenne .... stills
Christian Loubek .... director of photography: second unit
Albert Malvaez .... first assistant camera
Collen Newberry .... grip
Charles Papert .... steadicam operator (as Charles Paperts)
Jordan Parhad .... electrician
Shannon Rahn .... second assistant camera
Somsy Vejsiri .... best boy electric
Kim Whaley .... loader
Jesse Wine .... electrician
Norbert F. Quiban .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Courtney Gross .... casting associate
Estes Shane Whalen .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Townsend Cannon .... wardrobe supervisor
Rachel L. Medina .... wardrobe assistant (as Rachel Medina)
Síla ÓGrádaigh .... wardrobe assistant (as Sila O'Gradaigh)
Editorial Department
Dan Brazelton .... assistant editor (as Daniel Brazelton)
Ginny Parillo .... negative cutter (as Ginny Parrillo)
Alain J. Romi .... assistant editor (as Alain Romi)
Location Management
Michael Allison .... location manager
David Gonzales .... location assistant
Heather Seedorf .... location manager
Music Department
Marc Dauer .... composer: additional music
Melanie Dimmick .... musician contractor
Damon Intrabartolo .... conductor
Kurt Kuenne .... music editor
Kurt Kuenne .... orchestrator
Gabriel Mann .... musician: vocal solos
Wes Nagy .... musician: synthesizer overdubs (as Wesley Nagy)
Michael Stern .... music engineer (as Mick Stern)
Casey Stone .... music engineer
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Walt Vincent .... music engineer (as R. Walt Vincent)
Pete Yorn .... composer: additional music (as Peter Yorn)
Matthew Barry .... music editor: temp music (uncredited)
Deborah Vukovitz .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Keith Dosher .... transportation coordinator
Virgil S. Dosher .... transportation captain (as Virgil Dosher)
David J. Guppy .... driver (as Dave Guppy)
Chuck Howard .... driver
Ronnie King .... driver (as Ron King)
Glen Walker .... driver
Other crew
Kevin Anderson .... production coordinator
Shane T. Anderson .... fire safety (as Shane Anderson)
Pamela Bender .... intern
Raphael Carlo .... stand-in
Rob Casey .... additional location scout
Dan Cooley .... intern
Mandy Eguia .... intern (as Amanda Eguia)
Norris Fox .... set production assistant (as Norris 'Handsome' Fox)
Norris Fox .... stand-in (as Norris 'Handsome' Fox)
Michelle Gochoco .... assistant production coordinator (as Michelle Gochoco-McQuisten)
James Harrop .... intern
Brittany Klaus .... intern
Ann Marino .... set production assistant
Kathleen McInnis .... unit publicist
Bill McQuaid .... set production assistant
Heather Murphy .... additional location scout
Marko Ogland .... script supervisor (as Marko Johan Ogland)
Aziza S. Petrou .... intern
Michelle Pleny .... intern
Jasmine Riley .... production office assistant
George Shockley .... set production assistant
Scott Stephens .... craft service
Meghan Struxness .... set production assistant
Estes Shane Whalen .... key set production assistant
Stacey Wilson .... craft service
Jane Barthleme .... thanks
Mary Biechler .... thanks
Gregg Hayden Bilson II .... thanks (as Greg Bilson Jr.)
Gregg H. Bilson .... thanks (as Greg Bilson)
Kathy Bokenkamp .... special thanks
Sue Bokenkamp .... special thanks
Thomas J. Bornkamp .... special thanks (as Tom Bokenkamp)
Tracy Brennan .... special thanks (as Tracey Brennan)
Howell Caldwell .... thanks
Mark Canton .... thanks
Tucker Carney .... thanks
Carter Cohn .... special thanks
Craig Coleman .... special thanks (as Craig 'Superchump' Coleman)
Molly Coleman .... special thanks
Willy Daigle .... thanks
John Walker Davies .... thanks
Anna DeRoy .... thanks
Dennis Dion .... thanks
Fred Dryer .... thanks (as Sergeant Fred Dryer)
Ken Du Charme .... thanks
Chris Eguia .... special thanks
Tony Eguia .... special thanks (as Toni Eguia)
Vicky Eguia .... thanks
Linda Elliot .... thanks
Kristina Erickson .... special thanks
Darell Fazekas .... thanks
Nancy Forester .... thanks
Bela Frey .... special thanks (as Bella Frey)
Cassius Frey .... in loving memory of
Laura Frey .... thanks
Lynne Frey .... special thanks
Preacher Frey .... special thanks
Anna Geddes .... special thanks (as Anne Geddes)
Jim Glasser .... special thanks
Louise Glasser .... special thanks
Ed Goldstone .... special thanks
Jeffrey Graup .... special thanks (as Jeff Graup)
Amy Guenther .... special thanks (as Amy Gunther)
Zahir Herz .... thanks
Elnera Hodges .... thanks
Orlin Hodges .... thanks
Veltry Johnson .... thanks
Nathan Kahane .... thanks
Joan Kalhorn .... thanks
Aaron Karejwa .... thanks
Armin Keen .... thanks
Susy Kellett .... special thanks
Audrey Kelly .... thanks
Matt Kenagy .... thanks
Courtney Kivowitz .... special thanks
Jana Kluger .... thanks
David L. Krebs .... thanks
David Krintzman .... special thanks
Scott Kyorsvik .... thanks
Leslie Layson .... thanks
Doug MacLaren .... special thanks
Ken Madalin .... thanks
Noelle McGrath .... thanks
Kathleen McInnis .... thanks
Deidra Miller .... thanks
Lisa Mucci .... thanks
Ross Mueller .... thanks (as Sergeant Ross Mueller)
Dennis Musga .... thanks
Sandy Orkin .... thanks
Conrad E. Palmisano .... thanks (as Conrad Palmesano)
Jerry Perez .... thanks
Charles Raggio .... thanks
Maya Rao .... thanks
Jim Rice .... thanks
Monte Robison .... thanks
Michael Rotgin .... special thanks
Cathy Sander .... special thanks
Brian Schaefer .... thanks
Romy Schneider .... thanks
Jeff Shumway .... special thanks
Monika Skerbelis .... thanks
Sara Stimac .... thanks
Nick Styne .... special thanks
Ben Sulzer .... thanks
Carolyn Susman .... thanks
Molly Susman .... thanks
Chris Svobota .... thanks
Dennis Thaut .... thanks
Maureen Trainotti .... thanks
Amber Trzinski .... thanks
Kevin Yorn .... special thanks
Joel Youngerman .... thanks (as Joel Yunngerman)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Preston Tylk" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for violence and language
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 (video premiere) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (video rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Jonathan Casey:If I have to take away everything that matters to you, I swear to God I will break you. Then I'm gonna kill you.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Phenix City Story (1955)See more »
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Somber thriller, quiet desperation that pays off nicely, 30 May 2002
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

I picked up this film on DVD titled as Bad Seed, because I was in the mood for a mystery and the fact that Luke Wilson and Dennis Farina starred in it.

At first, I found things to be a bit standard as far as "thrillers" go, almost on the level of a basic TV movie. But something really starts to draw the viewer in and by watching through to the end, there is really a nice payoff.

Don't try to compare this to Hitchcock, just sit back and let the story unfold. When Preston (Luke Wilson) hears his wife confess to having an affair, he storms out to a cafe and when he comes back home he finds her dead. By trying to confront her lover Jonathan (Norman Reedus), things get way out of control, even hiring a private detective (Dennis Farina) proves to make a messy situation even worse. It's easy to say these guys do a LOT of stupid, stupid things (like busting up a motel room) and one would think that in reality no one would make such bad decisions, but I took into consideration that people really act in the strangest ways when confronted with a situation that's extraordinary and no time to really think things through. Preston has his flaws, but he's really an okay guy, as is Jonathan. By appreciating the quiet desperation and increasing tension between them, along with the effective rainy locations in Tacoma and Seattle, the film is somber yet tense.

I actually love grey, rainy landscapes -- to me they're calming instead of gloomy. But considering the sadness in Preston's life and both he and Jonathan (as well as the detective) knowing that no matter what they do it's going to end rather messy, the wet greys of the sky and deep greens of the Northwest accent the film in a very melancholic way. The score is beautiful in many scenes, and rather grand for a film of this type made today (particularly one with such a low budget). Actually, the dramatic cues seemed a bit too grand in places, but it reminded me of how mysteries and thrillers back in the 1970s used to have full orchestral scores instead of everything being done on an electronic keyboard. Some very nice piano work, wish I had a soundtrack recording of it.

I know that some would just get fed up with these characters' behavior and think that the film just going to have a typical knock-down, drag-out fight to end it all, but I for one was pleasantly surprised to see the way the story took a turn and threw in a twist here and there. Even the ending seemed just right (even if it gives you a Shawshank Redemption deja vu moment). I felt a little sad yet satisfied by the turn of events, as is how I truly think the ending is supposed to affect you. After listening to the audio commentary on the DVD, you may also appreciate more what writer/director Jon Bokenkamp was trying to accomplish.

Not a perfect film, but by no means a misfire. I found Preston Tylk/Bad Seed to be a nice diversion from the common Hollywood "thriller" and would recommend it for those not wanting grandiose style and wanting a dramatic tale, something just right to watch with some snacks on a night at home, relaxing.

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