The Redford Theater presents The Bad Seed (1956) Saturday, October 29, 2 p.m.

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As we close in on Halloween, the Redford Theatre wants you to know that it’s not just adults responsible for all that scary stuff. On Saturday, October 29, at 2 p.m., we’ll demonstrate that with our presentation of The Bad Seed.

It’s the story of an innocent looking sweet young girl who turns out to be the source of evil mischief in this chilling twist on family life. When her rival at school dies in mysterious circumstances at the school picnic, her mother starts to suspect that her daughter was responsible—and things go downhill from there.

Take a look:

There were no PG or R ratings back in 1956, but suffice it to say, to appease the censors, Warner Bros. added an “adults only” tag to the film’s advertising.

Patty McCormack played the role of the eight-year-old psychopath and fledgling serial killer (Rhoda Penmark) in the original stage play and reprised the role on film two years later. (She later confessed that it was fun for her to play a killer child.) Nancy Kelly played her role in both productions as Rhoda’s tormented mother, Christine. (Note: Christine’s mother, Bessie Denker, was invented, but all the other female killers mentioned in the film were factual.)  Kelly’s award-winning performance was her last in films as she turned her focus to TV projects.

Watch for William Hopper as Rhoda’s dad. He’s chiefly remembered as TV’s “Paul Drake,” right-hand man to Raymond Burr’s “Perry Mason.” Then there’s Jesse White (Emory). He appeared in 60 films and was a regular on TV, but oddly you might remember him best as the “Maytag Repairman” in a series of commercials that ran from 1968 until 1989. (He made several hundred thousand dollars a year for just a few days of filming.)

Be sure to stay to the end for the unusual closing credits, but also arrive 30 minutes early so you don’t miss the Organ Overture on Redford’s magnificent Barton Theatre pipe organ.

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** Coming Soon

October 28: Suspiria ( (R) (1977)
October 29 Matinee: The Bad Seed ( (NR) (1956)
October 29 Evening: Poltergeist ( (PG) (1982)

For tickets to this weekend’s presentation of The Bad Seed

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