The Bad Seed

The bestselling novel that inspired Mervyn LeRoy’s classic horror film about the little girl who can get away with anything—even murder.

Author: William March

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101872667

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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The bestselling novel that inspired Mervyn LeRoy’s classic horror film about the little girl who can get away with anything—even murder. There’s something special about eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark. With her carefully plaited hair and her sweet cotton dresses, she’s the very picture of old-fashioned innocence. But when their neighborhood suffers a series of terrible accidents, her mother begins to wonder: Why do bad things seem to happen when little Rhoda is around? Originally published in 1954, William March’s final novel was an instant bestseller and National Book Award finalist before it was adapted for the stage and made into a 1956 film. The Bad Seed is an indelible portrait of an evil that wears an innocent face, one which still resonates in popular culture today. With a new foreword by Anna Holmes. Vintage Movie Classics spotlights classic films that have stood the test of time, now rediscovered through the publication of the novels on which they were based.

The Big Shocker

As an extension of this discussion of duplicity, I highlight the aspects of Rhoda's character across the novel, play, and film that conform to midcentury expectations of cuteness and girlhood and those that defy them.

Author: Renee Kuklenski

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Art and society

Page: 96

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This thesis focuses on the 1956 film The Bad Seed and reframes its self-proclaimed identity as a shocking motion picture in the context of its advertising, the role censorship played in the film's creation, and the two versions that preceded it: the original 1954 novel by William March and Maxwell Anderson's 1956 Broadway play. In particular, I focus on child murderess Rhoda Penmark's punishments in the film--electrocution and spanking-as evidence of and as responses to midcentury regulatory pressures on the film industry. Through an investigation of censorship and the Motion Picture Production Code, I consider why the circumstances of Rhoda's death were worth showing to audiences in a time when there were explicit regulations on visual representations of violence-particularly violence against children. I argue that Rhoda's unique demise in the film is evidence of the Production Code Administration's willingness to shape and mold The Bad Seed around the Code. Due to this close relationship with the regulatory agency, this "shocking" motion picture is anything but that. As an extension of this discussion of duplicity, I highlight the aspects of Rhoda's character across the novel, play, and film that conform to midcentury expectations of cuteness and girlhood and those that defy them. Ultimately, I use The Bad Seed to explore ideas of representation and identity, both through the film's plot and character development and as these themes pertain to the film's larger identity in a cultural context.

Bad Seed

Author: Maxwell Anderson

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Behavior genetics

Page: 96

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Coronet Theatre, The Playwrights' Company presents Nancy Kelly in Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed," adapted from the novel by William March, staged by Reginald Denham, setting and lighting by George Jenkins, costumes by Sal Anthony.

The Bad Seed

With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you.

Author: Jory John

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062881868

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 211

A New York Times bestseller! Amazon Prime's Most Read Title of 2019! An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Month from the New York Times bestselling author of the Goodnight Already! series This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be—happy? With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

The Case of the Bad Seed Detective

These stories deal with mature themes involving culturally diverse characters. Written specifically for the struggling reader, these fast-paced books maintain student interest until the last page.

Author: Anne Schraff

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1602912440

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

View: 695

Even struggling readers will find it hard to resist our exciting series of eBooks in a variety of popular genres. These stories deal with mature themes involving culturally diverse characters. Written specifically for the struggling reader, these fast-paced books maintain student interest until the last page. Questions at the end of each title test students' strategy skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. Millionaire Dempsey believes that his son, Colin, is up to no good. He wants his new employee, Nikki, to investigate. But the feeble and pathetic man Nikki meets couldn't possibly be responsible for the crimes his father accuses him of. Maybe his half-brother Dylan is setting him up?

The Bad Seed

"This volume collects Colder: the bad seed #1-#5"--Title page verso.

Author: Paul Tobin

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

ISBN: 1616556471

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 144

View: 734

"This volume collects Colder: the bad seed #1-#5"--Title page verso.

The Bad Seed Presents The Good the Bad and the Spooky

Based on the New York Times bestselling picture book sensation The Bad Seed, Jory John and Pete Oswald present: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky!

Author: Jory John

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0063089378

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 696

Based on the New York Times bestselling picture book sensation The Bad Seed, Jory John and Pete Oswald present: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky! Halloween is the Bad Seed’s favorite holiday of the year. But what’s a seed to do when he can’t find a show-stopping costume for the big night? Postpone trick-or-treating for everyone, of course! Can he get a costume together in time? Or will this seed return to his baaaaaaaaad ways? Find out in this hilarious, charming, and thought-provoking continuation of Jory John and Pete Oswald’s bestselling series.

Bad Seed

Author: Maxwell Anderson

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Behavior genetics

Page: 96

View: 151

Coronet Theatre, The Playwrights' Company presents Nancy Kelly in Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed," adapted from the novel by William March, staged by Reginald Denham, setting and lighting by George Jenkins, costumes by Sal Anthony.

The Bad Seed

Lee Hayes, the critically acclaimed author of Passion Marks, A Deeper Blue, and The Messiah, returns with a delightfully wicked spin on what constitutes a “bad seed.” The wildly entertaining duo of novellas are sure to intrigue and ...

Author: Lee Hayes

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439127919

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 933

Some people can make being bad seem so very good. Lee Hayes, the critically acclaimed author of Passion Marks, A Deeper Blue: Passion Marks 2, and The Messiah, returns with a delightfully wicked spin on what constitutes a “bad seed.” The wildly entertaining duo of novellas are sure to intrigue and titillate readers with their exploration of risqué themes. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” is about a cosmetically beautiful but emotionally damaged young man who marries a wealthy older man to go from rags to riches. After beginning an illicit affair with his husband’s attorney, he decides that he would rather enjoy the amenities of limitless money minus the husband. He will stop at nothing to see his husband six feet under so that he can dance on his grave, toasting with expensive champagne. In “Crazy in Love,” a hyper-sexual seventeen-year-old high school boy develops a fatalistic crush on his reclusive high school English teacher. When the teacher rebuffs the boy’s advances, all hell breaks loose—and the upstanding teacher’s life is put on the line. Hell hath no fury…


The Bad Seed

A strange new lover and mysterious visitors from half a world away will not allow Agatha's own ghosts to rest...and her garden produces dark honey and poison as Maurilia Meehan's tale builds to a chilling climax.

Author: Maurilia Meehan

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781497497450

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

View: 116

Her young daughter has disappeared, sparking a massive murder hunt, and now her husband has gone bush with no plans to return. Nothing is coming up roses for small-time gardening correspondent, Agatha. So she plants the seeds of a new life in an isolated village...in the delapidated former home of a witch. A strange new lover and mysterious visitors from half a world away will not allow Agatha's own ghosts to rest...and her garden produces dark honey and poison as Maurilia Meehan's tale builds to a chilling climax. Sinister flora and phantoms flourish in this rich and unforgettable work. 'A fairy story with teeth, about blood, birth, the waxing and waning of the life force, maternal possession and loss.' Cath Kenneally, Sydney Morning Herald. 'The subtle mental torture, teamed with Meehan's elegant prose, is captivating.' Tony Maniaty, The Australian. 'A whiff of Angela Carter's fairy tales.' Michelle Griffin, The Age.


Fruit of the Bad Seed

Fruit of the Bad Seed is Ron Caruso's story of a teacher who finds himself thrust into a new society fraught with newfound ethics; a society vastly different, eager to challenge the world and unafraid to venture into areas of promiscuity ...

Author: Russell M. Cera

Publisher: Libra Books, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780984825011

Category:

Page: 278

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At no time during the history of modern education in America was there more turmoil than in the decade of the 1960s. And no teacher found the tumult more challenging than Ronald Caruso. In the 1960s the offspring of the baby boomers burgeoned school populations beyond capacities and districts struggled to fill teacher vacancies resulting in an influx of newly graduated, naive educators. The new teachers were book trained, but many were no more psychologically advanced than the students they came to teach and Nessaponic High School had her share. Growing up with a in the '50s, Caruso found himself embroiled in the seductive allure of the sexual revolution. The ethics of the new age were so drastically contrasted to the domestic mother image of his upbringing, that Caruso felt he had been in a cultural cocoon for his entire college years. Though he ultimately found himself indulging in the liberties of the time more as a result of accident than design, it did not matter. To any observer over forty years removed, Caruso is seen as a bad seed. Though his efforts to redeem himself were constantly sabotaged by the social attitudes of his colleagues and charges, a product of the new generation promises to reclaim his values. Fruit of the Bad Seed is Ron Caruso's story of a teacher who finds himself thrust into a new society fraught with newfound ethics; a society vastly different, eager to challenge the world and unafraid to venture into areas of promiscuity and moral values of that time yet unexplored. His story will tell about the professional and the not so professional administrators for whom he worked. It will tell about some of the teachers he taught with, some good and others not too good. It will relate what he knew of the secretaries and custodians who were employed there at the same time as he. But his story will tell even more about another group most responsible for the greater substance of Ronald Caruso's tale, the permissive coeds of Nessaponic High. When Caruso started teaching he had no idea that the whims of fate would alter his career. It never dawned on him that he would be at the mercy of a changing world where he would become a victim of its caprice. He did not realize that his morality would change, his ethics would change and eventually, his very nature would undergo a major transformation.

Colder Volume 2 The Bad Seed

Any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead), events, institutions, or
locales, without satiric intent, is coincidental This volume collects Colder. The
Bad Seed:#1-#5 (HHAPTER ONE Boeton, Mae eachuéette|_____- #K Q' *EXE/- -
TIME.

Author: Paul Tobin

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: 1630082279

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 136

View: 241

Declan Thomas is a former inmate of an insane asylum that was destroyed by fire. He has the strange ability to step inside a person's madness. Sometimes he can cure it. One day, he hopes to cure his own. Life goes on for Declan Thomas after his deadly encounter with the psychotic Nimble Jack, but Declan's strange powers continue to develop, offering him a profound connection with the nature of insanity. Little does he know that the malevolent Swivel wishes to pick up where Nimble Jack left off!

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder Ballads

14 Ingrid Fernandez, “The Corpse Bride: Ideal Beauty and Domestic Degradation
in the Work of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds” (Academic Research Journals,
March 2014), 30. 15 The Stud Brothers, “Solitary Confinement: Interview with
Nick ...

Author: Santi Elijah Holley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501355155

Category: Music

Page: 152

View: 450

In a bar called The Bucket of Blood, a man shoots the bartender four times in the head. In the small town of Millhaven, a teenage girl secretly and gleefully murders her neighbors. A serial killer travels from home to home, quoting John Milton in his victims' blood. Murder Ballads, the ninth studio album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, is a gruesome, blood-splattered reimagining of English ballads, American folk and blues music, and classic literature. Most of the stories told on Murder Ballads have been interpreted many times, but never before had they been so graphic or profane. Though earning the band their first Parental Advisory warning label, Murder Ballads, released in 1996, brought Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds their biggest critical and commercial success, thanks in part to the award-winning single, “Where the Wild Roses Grow,” an unlikely duet with Australian pop singer, Kylie Minogue. Closely examining each of the ten songs on the album, Santi Elijah Holley investigates the stories behind the songs, and the numerous ways these ballads have been interpreted through the years. Murder Ballads is a tour through the evolution of folk music, and a journey into the dark secrets of American history.

Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors

In doing so, the book highlights horror as a topic of analysis that is especially pertinent socially and politically, exposing the genre as a site of deep ambivalence toward—and even hatred of—children.

Author: Dominic Lennard

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438453302

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 196

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Examines the complexities and contradictions that arise when the monsters in the movies are children. Since the 1950s, children have provided some of horror’s most effective and enduring villains, from dainty psychopath Rhoda Penmark of The Bad Seed (1956) and spectacularly possessed Regan MacNeil of The Exorcist (1973) to psychic ghost-girl Samara of The Ring (2002) and adopted terror Esther of Orphan (2009). Using a variety of critical approaches, including those of cinema studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and psychoanalysis, Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors offers the first full-length study of these child monsters. In doing so, the book highlights horror as a topic of analysis that is especially pertinent socially and politically, exposing the genre as a site of deep ambivalence toward—and even hatred of—children. “This is impeccably well researched and presented. It holds its own at the top of film studies scholarship. Sprightly in its survey across key areas of cultural anxiety and able to draw on a range of lucid examples, Lennard produces sophisticated and complex extended analyses where necessary. A pleasure to read.” — Linda Ruth Williams, University of Southampton, United Kingdom


Justice Society of America

Both the JSA's veterans and the new generation of heroes they are training must work together to battle a gang of super villains, as they also face a threat that seems to come from within the team.

Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Dc Comics

ISBN: 9781401227142

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 128

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Both the JSA's veterans and the new generation of heroes they are training must work together to battle a gang of super villains, as they also face a threat that seems to come from within the team.


Bad Seed

Features Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds performing 'Foi Na Cruz'. The Good
Songs (Mute Sonet France SA 2110) CD. Released 1990. 5-track Cave
compilation, available by subscription to the French rock magazine Les
Rockinruptibles.

Author: Ian Johnston

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349144354

Category: Music

Page: 352

View: 691

A widely acclaimed biography of one of rock's most compelling, uncompromising and influential singer-songwriters, Ian Johnston's BAD SEED offers a superb overview of Nick Cave's career to date. Through Cave's fronting of the incendiary bands The Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds, producing music of unfettered expression and explosive intensity, to his creative collaborations outside of the rock industry in film and literature, BAD SEED illustrates a life lived in barely controlled chaos: and unravels the motivation and unique appeal of a reluctant icon whose songs, according to the Rolling Stones, possess "the authority of the most primal kind of myth."