The Bad Seed Movie Poster
  • Released
  • September 12, 1956
  • 2 hr 9 min
  • Horror
  • 9 Fan Ratings

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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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  • Drinking & drugs
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