THE BAD SEED: Oh, Rhoda…
The Bad Seed was a Novel, then a stage play, and finally brought to screen in 1956. There’s even a 1985 Remake, which does not do the original story justice at all. Anyway, The Bad Seed is about a sociopathic/psychopathic little girl named Rhoda. She is very charming, says the sweetest things, cute as a button with her wide smile and blonde pigtails. She’s as proper and prim as they come but, get in her way and you may be pushed down a flight of stairs, beaten to death, or even burned alive.
When her husband is called away on business, Rhonda’s mother soon comes to realize that her perfect little girl isn’t as sweet as she looks and acts. She is faced with a heartbreaking dilemma of protecting her child from the world or protecting the world from her child.
This is a great movie and one of my all-time favorites. I first saw it as a youngster myself, my mother had it on VHS. (VHS? What?) Even back then I was taken in by the film. It was so chilling and I loved seeing the dual personalities of little Rhoda and how she played on the naivety of the adults around her. Also, what struck me was seeing the destructive after effects of Rhoda’s handy work through the desperate and drunken pleas of a heart-broken mother whose child was found dead during a school trip.
The movie is really good with a deep storyline, I suggest it to all. Below is a clip of one of my family’s favorite scenes featuring Rhoda and Leroy, the grounds keeper/handy man. My brother and I would crack for hours at the way Leroy laughs at Rhonda while he’s teasing her. Unfortunately for Leroy, Rhoda ultimately sets sets him straight…on FIRE that is, lol. Not in this clip though he burns later on in the film, ha!.