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Mervyn LeRoy United States, 1956

Calhoun Kersten's rating of the film The Bad Seed

The melodrama of this 1956 film could easily date the film, but instead it just makes it more delightfully wicked fun. Patty McCormack is sickeningly sweet as the titular sociopath but it is the performance of Eileen Heckart as the grief-stricken mother of one of Rhoda's victims that makes The Bad Seed terrifying and touching at the same time.