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The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed
  • UR
  • 2h 7m
  • 1956
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A single mother, adopted herself as a small child, discovers the horrifying truth that within her seemingly angelic young daughter beats the heart of a cold-blooded serial murderer ... even as she learns that her own mother killed everyone else in her family. Now as more people die, one woman must make a terrible decision about the daughter she loves and desperately wants to protect in this classic thriller.
© 1956 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Evil little girl hides her murderous ways in dated classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Bad Seed is a 1956 black-and-white film based on a successful play that took its plot from a novel about a bright but evil 8-year-old girl. Younger kids will probably be bored by the over-long, melodramatic storytelling style. Three murders, by staircase, arson, and drowning, occur offscreen. Young children may find the suspicious janitor's talk about murderous children going to the electric chair creepy and frightening. Also offscreen, a burning man runs screaming from a fire and dies. Out of love, a parent tries to put a merciful stop to a child's violence. A gun suicide attempt is described but not shown. Murder by poison is discussed. A prescription drug overdose is administered. The mother of a murdered child starts drinking steadily.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:September 29, 1956
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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