The Bad Seed | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | November 22, 2011
entertainment value
A chilling account of an amoral & manipulative child. Doesn't need a high-body count to be an effective horror film. Adapted from the stage.
genre Horror
synopsis Grade-schooler Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack) is sweet, smart … and inherently evil! After a school chum dies during a picnic, no one suspects Rhoda, except the janitor (Henry Jones) of her apartment building. But when Rhoda's mother, Christine (Nancy Kelly), finds out that her own mother is a cold-blooded killer, she begins to suspect Rhoda might be the victim of some faulty genetic wiring. Based on Maxwell Anderson's play.
lead actors Patty McCormack | Eileen Heckart | Henry Jones | Nancy Kelly
director Mervyn LeRoy