This story of a supernatural serial killer is reminiscent of Stephen King s finest horror films. Prison guards fail to exorcise the evil in a murderer and inadvertently unleash a malevolent monster. The resulting reign of... more » violence, with its extreme gore and torture, set a new standard for the horror genre.« less
Jasmine K. (jazztastic) from SCRANTON, PA Reviewed on 3/23/2009...
This movie is awful! I couldn't even get past the first 6 or 7 minutes. The brutality against animals and babies is not even cool. Do not watch this film if you can't handle animal abuse or child abuse.
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WARNING! THIS FILM IS EXTREMELY DISTURBING AND GRAPHIC !!! D
Ewokgal13 | california | 10/08/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"PLEASE READ THIS! I collect horror movies. It is my hobby. I have seen 279 horror films in the last years. I have seen everything and can sit through anything. I am never phased by anything. As a hard-core horror fan I write the following review. The movie Seed left me shocked, disturbed, nauseous, terrified, screaming and crying hysterically, in a state of pain and panic beyond anything I have ever experienced before. THIS FILM IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING!!! The first 5 minutes of the film show REAL FOOTAGE OF ANIMAL TORTURE that was provided for the film by PETA. A man violently bashes a live raccoon on the ground and throws the limp, shivering body on the floor and violently kicks it over to a few other raccoons that have had the same fate. There is long graphic footage of a dog that has been completely skinned. The dog is bloody and gory in in horrible, visible pain. The dog is crying as his captors kick and hit his exposed body while he simply and visibly struggles to breath. There is a shot of a live mink having it's fur removed. After the fur has been ripped off it's body it's head is smashed on the ground. ALL THIS FOOTAGE IS REAL AND DISTURBING!!! That is just the first 5 minutes of the film. The film has many gory, graphic deaths including the murders of two babies. One baby is taken away from it's mother on a bus and its skull is bashed in against a pole. The other is shown starving to death. A reel time film shows the baby, locked in a basement, as it slowly starves to death with no food or water, and is crying painfully the entire time. Later in the film a woman is tied to a chair and her head is smashed in with a hammer. This sequence shows everything and lasts over 8 minutes. PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AN DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! IT IS SICK AND DEMENTED AND IS NOT ENTERTAINING IN ANY WAY. I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO BE ABLE TO UNWATCH THIS MOVIE SO AS TO REMOVE ALL THESE HORRIBLE IMAGES FROM MY MIND. It isn't worth it."
Let's hope this seed doesn't grow...
M. S. Skidmore | Kinver, United Kingdom | 02/02/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Hey everybody! Director Uwe Boll is back with another in his production line of ''how the hell do these movies get made?'' and boy, does he deliver a doozy this time. If you have had the misfortune to sit through any of Mr Boll's other movies (obviously, like me - you can't find other things to fill up your time) - then you will already be familiar with his back catalogue of duds that have cluttered video stores and diverted my attention time after time with such lurid titles as 'Bloodrayne' (I still have dreams about how bad that was), 'Alone in the Dark' (Christian Slater? Why?) and 'House of the Dead' (Matrix zombies. Nuff said). His trademark double whammy of good production values and (nearly) A- list actors lead everybody into a false sense of security until the dawning realisation that the movie you are watching will most probably be the worst you have seen since . . . well, his last.
Which rather long windedly brings us to ''Seed'' - his latest waste of time. The story? Okay then... Set in the 1970s (I knew that because everybody had flaired trousers and long hair), the story invites us to meet Sam Seed, a sadistic serial killer who has taken to wearing a big sack on his head for no obvious reason other than he has seen 'Friday the 13th part 2'. After surviving his own execution (don't ask), Seed returns to butcher the people who had a hand in putting him away in the first place. Enter hard edged cop on the edge Michael Pare who is hauled in to hunt Seed down, but all that goes wrong when Seed makes things personal leading Pare to make a life shattering decision that will change him forever...
Wow, reading that back - it sounded quite good. Which it isn't. Director Boll misses the mark by about a mile at every turn. For a horror movie, it isn't really horrifying and the awful CGI effects are truly laughable and dull. The acting is forced and no tension or feeling of dread is ever represented by either the lacklustre script or Boll's uneven direction. Which is unfortunate, as he did both.
The much talked about animal cruelty sequence is yes, truly shocking and simply made me angry that this was even in the film in the first place. Even though it is used to suggest man is evil, etc. - its just the worst kind of exploitation I have seen in recent memory (even in a movie like this) and I am surprised that it flew past the BBFC in the state it did. Perhaps, they were that bored by the 70 minutes that came after those scenes that they simply forgot... It struck me that someone had checked Seed over and said, ''hey, this film is really boring. What can we do to spice it up?'' and bright spark Boll must have come up with the animal cruelty idea... which is a shame as it is both distasteful and also highlights that the rest of his film is simply a generic and dull time waster with terrible effects, weak direction and so so acting...
The DVD presentation is sharp and the audio excellent. Boll cannot seem to direct in a coherent manner, but his movies always look good and his technical crew are very adept (especially his cinematographer). I don't hate Boll like most and would welcome if he produced a decent film, its just that everyone I see is either mental or boring - he doesn't seem to know how to create something memorable (or watchable). If you have the impulse to watch Seed, please be warned. The first 5 minutes are quite upsetting and unnecessary and the remaining 70 are boring. Except whenever the bloke with the sack on his head is onscreen..."
Slip into something very dark and very nasty.
Susannah St Clair Foxy Loxy | North Bend Washington | 02/24/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I have gotten to an age where I don't want to watch horror movies in general. I make exceptions where Michael Pare` is concerned. BUT... whit this movie - I see no reason for its existence. If your into vile and disgusting and lots of blood, then this is for you. Uwe Boll can be so far out that if, as I said, it were not for liking Pare`, I would stay away from most of his movies. So to finish up, most of you should stay away from this particular movie. Foxy Loxy"
Uwe Boll...I wasn't expecting much.
New York Horror Reader | New York USA | 12/09/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps because I came in with low expectations...I was pleasently surprised. Having seen some of Mr. Boll's directions..I thought I was in for Cheese fest 3008. Though this movie will not win any awards ( infact non of this directors films will) it was entertaining and considering his body of work...the best film of his to date...you see the saying about the sun and a dogs behind is true!"
Seed of Destruction
AMP | Somewhere on Earth | 10/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"(3.5 stars out of 5)
The Good Things *Includes the PC game "Advent Rising." Don't really know why, but it is a nice bonus (and it is a game I always wanted to check out). *Video/sound quality are great. *Includes a few special features; deleted scenes, some making-of footage, and trailers. *The movie is downright disturbing, both graphically and brutally. Expect lots of blood, gore, and torment. *Production design is not bad. Includes some interesting costumes, make-up effects, and some really wicked footage of living things decaying really fast. *Cameramanship is interesting. It is a little shaky and jittery, but also very fluid at other parts. *Acting is not bad. Writing is not bad, and utilizes one or two interesting ideas. Has a few good lines. *Music is not bad, as I recall.
The Bad Things *Definately not for the squeamish, especially since the brutality is so strong.
The Questionable Things *The storyline is rather thin, offering very little development in the events or the characters. But, it is simple, straightforward, and moves along at an immersive rate. *Includes some segments at the very beginning that appears to be actual PETA footage of animals being tortured. It is very sick and disturbing. But, it is very successful at invoking an emotional response. *Very abrupt ending that leaves everything wide open (and may also leave you wondering what will happen next). *The cover is kind of misleading, because the character you see there doesn't really appear anywhere in the film. This, combined with the free PC game, makes the whole thing feel a little gimmicky.
It's an Uwe Boll film, so get ready for some screaming. Fortunately, it won't be screams of anguish over the quality of the film; it will be genuine terror, because this film is extremely wicked, brutal, and somewhat invoking. Granted, it still has a very weak story with a cast of weak characters. But in the same league as "Saw" or one of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films, this film is simple, straightforward, and incredibly disturbing. If you can stomach it, it is worthwhile seeing at least once. At the very least, it will make you feel bitter and violated (which is good, because it invokes an emotional response, and brings up some good questions about humanity. This is more than what can be said about most movies)."