Seed is a 2007 slasher movie from critically bashed German director Uwe Boll. It stars Michael Pare (The Philadelphia Experiment, Streets Of Fire, Bloodrayne 1,2&3, Rampage),
Ralf Moeller (Cyborg, Gladiator, Alone In The Dark 2),
Michael Eklund (House Of The Dead,The Divide,The Call,Nurse 3D), Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill,The Messengers, Case 39, The Tall Man) and Will Sanderson (Blackwoods, House Of The Dead,
Alone In The Dark, Bloodrayne)
Seed tells the story of Max Seed, an infamous serial killer who supposedly in the space of six years killed 666 people. He gets off on holding his victims captive in a cage for weeks with no food or water, until they eventually die and rot away into maggot food, disintegrating before his very eyes as he records every second for his pleasure. He starts off small with rats, then dogs, and then works his way up to babies and then full grown women. Detective Matt Bishop (Pare) sits and watches some of these recordings with the team of cops he's assembled to capture Seed, then a tip-off brings them to a secluded farm house where Seed is hiding out. After Bishop finally captures him and brings him to an island prison to be executed, his time finally arrives and the families of his victims sit waiting to watch him fry. The prison executioner ( Eklund ) wants to wait until they get a new electric chair as the one they have is old and faulty but Warden Calgrove (Moeller) is impatient and wants to get it over and done with. After two failed attempts the warden tells the executioner that by law after a third failed attempt the prisoner must be let live so they agree to lie and tell the families of his victims that he's dead. They tie him up in his coffin and bury him alive but shortly afterwards he escapes from his grave and goes on a murderous rampage killing all those who made him suffer....
Uwe Boll gets a lot of shit from critics, and moviegoers and probably everyone else for some of the cinematic disaster pieces that he churned out earlier in his career. His movie adaptations of cherished video games such as House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, Bloodrayne and Far Cry were slaughtered by critics and despised by gamers and he quickly became known as "the Ed Wood of the 21st century" among other things. Do I think those films were that bad? Yes they're fairly bad but I’ve seen a lot worse. Seed was the first film from Uwe Boll that proved to me that he's not a terrible director, after that I saw Rampage which I really enjoyed and more recently I watched Assault On Wall Street which I thought was great.
Besides those three there are a few others of his that I really want to see as they've gotten a lot of good reviews -Postal, Stoic and a few war films that he made, and I can't wait for Rampage 2! So, back to Seed...
In my opinion Seed is one of the best, most underrated slasher flicks to come out in the 2000-2010 era, overshadowed by the likes of the Saw franchise, Hatchet, The Collector , The Tripper and a few of the big studio slasher remakes. I loved the way it was set in the 70s, the hairstyles, clothes and cars really give it an authentic look of that era. Michael Pare is one of the most underrated actors to hale from the 80s that’s still around today and he seems to be a regular in Boll's movies. Pare is great here as usual and gives it his all as a troubled cop on a mission. Pre-teen scream queen Jodelle Ferland has a brief but memorable performance as Bishop's daughter Emily. (Those who haven't a clue who I’m talking about will know as soon as they see her and will no doubt be saying "oh yeah, that’s the little girl from such and such a film...", either that or you'll be straight onto IMDB to quench your curiosity.)
The film opens with some disturbing real footage of animal abuse that even I had to look away from, the kind of acquired real footage that Fema shows just to show us how shitty humanity really is. I'm sure Boll had a similar message in mind; either that or he's just taking a few pages from Ruggero Deodato's book. Some of the effects were great, some not so great in what seems to be a mix of practical and CGI. The infamous five minutes hammer scene comes to mind, starts off great but gets a little too CGI looking towards the end. Still a great scene though and you feel every blow! Check out that scene below. The film's ending is fucked up, one of the most bleak and depressing endings I’ve seen in a film, well it was until I saw A Serbian Film but that’s another story... Why am I reviewing a movie from seven years ago you ask? Well I got my hands on the sequel Seed 2: The New Breed and I thought since it's been so long since I'd seen the original I needed a refresher. I'm glad I did because I forgot how cool and underrated it was. And it reminded me that Uwe Boll should just stay away from game adaptations and do, well just about anything else, especially horror and revenge films though, he seems to have a knack for those. Check out my review for the sequel coming soon.
The hammer scene: