Seed – Review

Going deeper into Uwe Boll psyche brings upon dark and disturbing
things, but too far into obscurity that it shies away from the mainstream. This brings us to Seed. Shot in 2007 and not released until 2008, Seed is one of the greatest (if not under appreciated horror films) of all time. But this film is far from anything you’ve ever seen and guarantee nothing quite like this will ever be made again. Since the subject matter is so graphic and disturbing, I am surprised that this movie was ever released.

The thinned out story line involves Max Seed, a serial killer who is facing the electric chair for killing 666 people. State law says that if a criminal survives three jolts of electricity from the chair and survives, he must be set free since he has been punished enough. When Seed lives through the shocks, instead of being set free he is buried alive (but unconscious) outside the prison. He awakens and seeks revenge on the men responsible.

Like I said, the story is sub par and doesn’t feature any real character development. The actors deliver watered down performances, but most of the lines are improvised. I don’t care about any of that since the movie contains some of the most impressive and controversial death scenes in movies today, which made me stand up and applaud Boll for his daring approach to the horror genre.

The movie opens with Seed, sitting in a chair watching television — a video of REAL footage of dogs being killed. Stomped to death and skinned alive, this is shocking and nauseating — but it brilliantly sets up the mad man we would spend the next 90 minutes with. He is clearly deranged and perverted.

What follows is a series of scenes that breaks every taboo that censors have deemed “tasteless”. Seed would take living things and place them in a room, he then proceeds to video tape each victim starve to death. The police watch the videos, it goes from a roach to a dog, a baby and an adult. These shots are long and drawn out, almost becoming too much at times and causes you to look away.

One particular scene involves the psychopath and a bound woman, he takes a hammer and beats her. From life to death it is in one continuous shot, never cutting and we watch her head become a bloody stump. Boll’s insane mind is awesome and has crafted a modern day masterpiece, but this film is overlooked and frowned upon for it’s content. For most critics and fans, this movie received poor reception. At the same time, it’s hard to respect a film that literally makes you sick and is an ordeal to get through.

But I loved it, since my film Kill Day received the same views. I feel that it is a refreshing change of pace, competing against Korean re-makes and generic spook show films that liter the cinemas. Like I said though, this is not for the squeamish or an advocate of good taste.

I does suffer from poor acting and a lacking storyline, character development tarnishes the film. At the same time I never really expect spectacular acting from a low budget horror film, I’m here for the red stuff!

Film makers today are petrified of pushing the boundaries and branching out to create something original and fresh. I go to the movies to see something I’ve never seen, not see a rehash of the same old crap that Hollywood vomits onto the screen. The MPAA restricts the true creative vision of film makers and this results in some of the most angry, outspoken movies to be created.

Most of these said movies are released UNRATED and this limits theatrical distribution, they find their audience through DVD and Blu-ray but they still fly under the radar and into obscurity. These gems must be uncovered and made aware to the public, for all the horror hounds and midnight movie buffs — BUY “SEED” TODAY!