Dfordoom's Reviews > The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed
Apr 02, 2008
This was the basis for one of my all-time favourite movies, a delirious and delicious camp classic. The novel differs quite a bit from the film – especially the ending. While the film concentrates on the evil and murderous little girl and her mother, the book goes into considerable detail about the mother’s own childhood and her own mother, and the true significance of the title becomes much plainer. Both movie and novel are wonderful examples of 1950s American paranoia, but this is not paranoia about communists under the bed, this is paranoia that is much more amusing – it’s not communists who must be feared, but America’s own children. Any one of them could be a deadly psychopath, and there’s no way of telling – the most dangerous ones of all look like the sweetest and most innocent little kids you could ever imagine. But who knows what evil lurks behind those dimples and ponytails! And no matter how careful you are about raising your kids, they can still turnout to be homicidal maniacs! If you don’t turn them into killers by bringing them up wrong, there’s always genetic evil to worry about! Outrageous fun.
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April 29, 2007 – Finished Reading
April 2, 2008 – Shelved