Claris Manning is an alcoholic invalid who tyrannizes her children when her youngest daughter, Carol, invites her family to spend a Christmas week together. They include Matthew, a crackpot clergyman; Michael, a misogynist businessman whom is sexually attracted to Carol, but abusive to his wife Susan; Margaret, the eldest daughter, whom is currently dating a local tough named Jonathan; and Buster, the youngest son from a military school whom brings over his gay lover Drew. Meanwhile, the two live-in servants, Peter and Jessica, plot to kill Mrs. Manning to gain her money for themselves. But an unseen killer soon begins killing off all the characters present for their debauched lifestyles they have led to since leaving the household.Written by
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What time did the police leave?
A little after three this morning.
Why didn't you wake me when they left?
I tried to, but you'd passed out from drinking too much.
What was the final decision? Hmm?
Well, Inspector Blaugh said Miss Cole was electricuted and drowned when the radio fell into the tub.
And the other?
Well, he wasn't too sure. He said it looked like suicide but he couldn't understand how anyone could take their own life with such strength. Haven't ruled out murder though. Said he's gonna ...
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Originally released as Seeds in 1968 by Harrington Film Distributing Corporation and Aquarius Productions, Inc., Seeds was later re-issued in the 1970's as Seeds of Sin by Aquarius. Some sequences were edited out of the re-issue version and had porno footage added in. The original negative of Seeds is now considered to be lost. Something Weird Video has issued the Seeds of Sin re-issue version on video that was restored from a 35mm negative. However, Something Weird Video has the unfinished trailer of Seeds that has some of the sequences that were edited out of the Seeds of Sin re-issue. See more »
Andy Milligan co-wrote, directed, shot, and did the costumes for this grimly effective exploitation feature. It stars Maggie Rogers as Claris Manning, a vile and hateful bitch if ever there was one. Now her grown-up children are all putrid and hateful in their own ways, and she's convinced (probably not incorrectly) that they're waiting and waiting for her to drop dead so her fortune will become available to them. The old lady's daughter Carol (Candy Hammond, whom Milligan married during filming) invites the ugly brood over for a Christmas dinner, and things turn ugly in more ways than one. Some of the family members start dying off in various ways.
"Seeds" is one of those trash flicks that makes up for in spirit what it may lack in technical polish. It may indeed be "rough around the edges", but Milligan and his co-writer John Borske concocted a wonderfully sordid story and wonderfully sordid characters here. It's all compelling in a really twisted way, especially since incest is a theme that recurs throughout. And because so many of the characters are despicable (including house staff that have their own scheme in the works), we're only too happy to see these people bumped off.
There isn't that much in the way of graphic violence, but exploitation devotees will be delighted to note the abundant nudity and sex. The lack of a big budget helps to create a truly depraved and, well, seedy atmosphere. There are very few settings used, with most of the action confined to the house.
The dialogue is often very amusing, and better than one might expect, and the same goes for the performances. Rogers, in particular, is memorably hideous as one of the nastiest mothers in screen history.
As some people likely already know, this is also available in an alternate cut, "Seeds of Sin", which trims out a lot of Milligans' original material and adds new sex scenes with different actors, in an attempt to increase the pictures' possible revenue.
This could make for interesting alternative Christmas time viewing for more adventuresome movie lovers.
Eight out of 10.
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