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.
"Thou shalt not covet...bear false witness...steal...dishonor thy parent...murder..." ...Or suffer a witch to live!
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An early draft of the teleplay has Christine reading Rachel a "different bedtime story", in order to test her for a reaction, prior to giving the girl Monica's sleeping pills. This new story chronicles how King Ahab of Israel had Naboth of Jezreel stoned to death for the latter's vineyard, after Naboth refused to sell (he was appalled by Ahab's plan to turn it into a vegetable garden). When asked what she thinks of Naboth's being murdered by Ahab - who already owned many vineyards, most of which were far greater than the one Naboth prized - Rachel callously replies that Naboth should have just sold the vineyard...and that it's a wonder Ahab didn't just kill him for it, being king and all. This steels Christine for the sad task which lies ahead of her. See more
[caption written for closing angle on Rachel, never used; left on cutting room-floor] THE BEGINNING See more
Remade as The Bad Seed