The Bad Seed (1956)

Mervyn LeRoy directs Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack and Henry Jones in this psychological thriller where a mother begins to suspect her angelic daughter of murder.

Dated and unimaginative filming of a stage play. Some of the reams of cod psychology spouted off resemble that penultimate scene in Psycho on a loop. The acting styles are all over the shop, ranging from shouting ham to mannered mania. The sickly sweet killer kid is at least deployed well but this only really works now as a camp artefact.


Perfect Double Bill: Orphan (2009)

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